Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith

Vatican rejects former President of Ireland & 2 other planned International Women’s Day speakers; drone warfare is on the radar at Hartford Seminary

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HeadshotKateSmallRome-based Kate McElwee, executive director of the Women’s Ordination Conference, praises the previously deferential-to-cardinals organization Voices of Faith for taking its annual International Women’s Day conference outside the Vatican walls after three planned speakers were rejected from the program. One of them is former President of Ireland Mary McAleese, an outspoken proponent of women’s ordination and the mother of a gay son. The March 8th event can be live-streamed at 8 a.m. EST at and can also be accessed within the following week on YouTube and the organization’s Facebook page.


RK photoRev. Richard Killmer, one of the organizers of the  March 14th Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare, promotes the event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hartford Seminary, 77 Sherman St., Hartford. The presenters include: Andrea Prasow, associate director of the Washington, DC, office of Human Rights Watch; Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love, of Catholic University; Rev. Dr. Chris Antal, a Unitarian Universalist minister who resigned as an army chaplain because of the US lethal drone policy; and Lt. Co. Shareda Hosein, US Army Reserves Ret’d., a Muslim chaplain. Registration is free but a free-will offering will be taken. Lunch will be provided. Register at Call 609-924-5022 for more information or visit




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