James Rada Jr. is the author of Battlefield Angels: The Daughters of Charity Work as Civil War Nurses. Catholic nuns comprised the only professional nurses in America. The Daughters of Charity were held in such high esteem, they were allowed to freely cross the North/South lines of battle. You can find the book via online booksellers and at www.jamesrada.com.
Also in this episode, Commonweal movie critic Richard Alleva reviews Calvary, an Irish film about a sexual abuse victim who threatens to even the scales with the Catholic Church by murdering an innocent priest. Alleva points out, however, that, in a larger sense, the film is about the diminished authority of the church as a result of the crisis.
The annual 5-K walk and run steps off from St. Elizabeth Seton Church on Sept. 20. One hundred percent of proceeds from the walk support St. Elizabeth’s twin parish, St. Ann, in St. Ard, Haiti. Go to www.hoofitforhaiti.org for details.