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[4 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

Commentary by Molly Mayfield Barbee
This week’s stories bring out that leonine mood that has come to be associated with the beginning of March. Or maybe it just feels like a week of roaring-ly big news from where I’m sitting—in an airplane on my way back from our two-year term in Sudan.
One reason this week feels full to overflowing with stories is that the long-awaited decision from the International Criminal Court (ICC) on whether or not to indict Sudan’s president Omar Al-Bashir for crimes against humanity is scheduled for this afternoon, …

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[25 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]

It’s Ash Wednesday, the day Christians begin six weeks of preparation for Easter and you can pick the observant Catholics out of a crowd by the smudges on our foreheads. When I was a kid in parochial school Lent meant giving up sweets because Mom and the nuns expected me to. Then Vatican II came along, and I rejected the old “if it hurts it’s good for you” line of reasoning . . . until I joined the peace movement. One of my heroes, the late Dick McSorley, SJ, posed …

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[11 Feb 2009 | One Comment | ]

If my husband is reading this: Honey, don’t skimp on the chocolate. Flowers are fine too. Valentines Day only comes once a year, and I confess to a certain fondness for the tried and true.
Tradition can be a beautiful thing. It can also be a shackle. So while we in the West go in for hearts and flowers, women around the world are asking for the same thing they ask for every day: R E S P E C T. (Thank you, Aretha.) And sisters, we are getting it.
As …