Letters to the Editor
Kudos for new site
The site looks great! Keep up that Dominican Work!
Fr. James, O.P.
Brilliant, Just Brilliant..
Thanks for the best laugh of the week..
I clicked on Jesuit Organizations and got the "Jesuits are
you sure pop up
I love you site....I love your site..I love your site!
(Blush) Thanks, guys. The compliments are gratifying - truly.
Fr. James has been drafted as editorial advisor to CatholicWitness.
See his articles in the Life in Christ section.
Therese E., T.O.P., is the Webmaster
for the Third Order of Preachers, Immaculate Conception,
Washington, D.C., chapter and works on the St. Joseph Province
Web pages as well. Therese
has been roped in as a technical advisor to Catholicwitness.Com.
On 12 Steps 4 the Rest of Us
Steps with Scripture: "Did
you know that a Jesuit priest helped form this 20th century
Make that Sister Ignatia. She
died in 1966. Her fascinating biography is called Sister Ignatia: Angel
of Alcoholics Anonymous by
Darrah; Loyola Univ. Press, 1992
Not to put too fine a point on it, but she is THE one. There may have
been Priests, too, but she worked from the beginning with Dr. Bob in
the original hospital. She and he pretty much came up by trial and
error with what worked for alcoholics. Bill Wilson of course is "the" founder,
but he never put in those years figuring it out from the ground up
like Dr. Bob and Sr. Ignatia did.
Rose Folsom, T.O.P.
I'm sure you're correct regarding Sr. Ignatia's work and contributions.
Giving credit to her in no way lessens that of others just as giving
credit to others doesn't demean her work. For those interested in the
history of this truly successful ecumenical spiritual program, visit
the A.A. archives.
We're happy to announce that Rose Folsom has volunteered to become
our art and typography advisor.
Keep writing those letters. We need more help!
Catholic Witness Accessibility
I'm glad you have gotten this site up. When I clicked on the first
address I could get only a part of the home page, even after many attempts.
Clicking on one of the addresses which appeared later in the text opened
the full screen. As a former blind TOP, I am very aware of the need
to create sites which are readable by screen readers, which I am now
using, since my left eye is still blind.
Maybe you have heard of the return of my vision which I credit to Blessed
Margaret of Castello. This past weekend I was in Lincoln NE for the
performances of a new play about her at which I addressed the audiences
at the three performances of "I Heard the Bell Toll," by
Cathal Gallagher. I spoke on the relevance of Margaret message in today's
world and her involvement in the mission of the National Catholic Partnership
on Disability. All three performances were professionally videotaped
by a TOP from Boise, who is now editing the event for distribution/showing.
My Board of Directors includes three bishops and Cardinal George. Additionally
there are people who are strong and faith filled Catholics who are
involved in creating welcome and justice for the 14 million Catholics
disabilities. My job description requires that I be in harmony with
the Holy See. I think if you check our web site, which needs updating,
you will find it fits into your requirements. (If fact, I must be very
careful about what sites we might link to - the bishops rightly want
to association with any site that runs counter to the teachings of
We seek to promote and facilitate the goals of the three documents
of the Catholic bishops which call for "Welcome and Justice for
Persons with Disabilities," and I have been recognized as a powerful
speaker for life - which by our definitions includes the whole range
from abortion and cloning to euthanasia and assisted suicide.
I would love to send you a few items. Perhaps my address given in Vatican
City? A document I recently updated on the demographics of disability
within the Catholic Church? Please let me know.
May the Holy Spirit, St. Dominic and Blessed Margaret truly bless
your efforts and our shared mission.
Mary Jane Owen, TOP, MSW
National Catholic Partnership on Disability
web site: www.ncpd.org
Thank you Mary Jane. We're working hard on debugging the basic layout
and fine-tuning the code.
Our next major objective is to make the Catholicwitness.com
content accessible to the visually impaired while preserving the look
and feel of the pages for our non-impaired viewers.
While Section 508, the accessibility
sites, do not apply to private Web sites,
(and shouldn't) Catholicwitness.com will use Section 508 as our
when resolving accessibility issues.
However, we will not be be overly
concerned about strict compliance. To often, slavish adherence
to the technical requirements of Section 508
of Web pages
little to make the content more accessible to the disabled.
Part of the problem is
that the specifications are yet to be supported by the agents used
by the handicapped population. We can make our site perfectly compliant
while remaining inaccessible to visually impaired readers.
(We realize that "handicapped"
is considered by some to be politically incorrect terminology.
As editorial policy, we've decided to speak
tip-toeing around words.)
Now that we've completed design and testing for the primary pages,
we've begun testing various approaches to making the pages accessible
to our disabled readers.
In the meantime, we would love to publish your article and invite
you to become our accessibility advisor and beta tester.