Catholic Church from a Global Perspective; Murder, Gangs in LA
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Cops at the Los Angeles Police Department won't be furloughed or laid off to save money, but they won't get overtime either. We look at the impact on homicide cases, and hear how LA County's so-called Marshall Plan for gang violence has turned into something much less. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the Roman Catholic Church is an ancient institution in a fast-moving world. After the sex-scandal, what's next in America and Europe? Is the future in Africa, Asia and Latin America?
Banner image: A man and child walk past a memorial and candles, flowers, and beer to a slain suspected gang member who was killed there on January 31, and which became the scene of another deadly attack when a gunman fired upon mourners paying respects, taking the lives of two more men two days later, February 4, 2009 in incorporated South Los Angeles, California. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images
The Future of the Catholic Church ()
LA's Cardinal Roger Mahoney is a relatively liberal leader of Irish-American stock. To replace him, Pope Benedict XVI has named Jose Gomez, an immigrant from Mexico, who's also associated with the conservative group Opus Dei. Both facts are telling about the Church in America and the views of the Vatican.
- John Allen: Senior Correspondent and Columnist, National Catholic Reporter
- Richard McBrien: Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
- Andrew Small: Director, US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office for the Church in Latin America
LAPD Officers Stopped from Doing Overtime ()
As Los Angeles tries to cope with mounting financial problems, Mayor Villaraigosa insists that furloughs and layoffs don't apply to public safety. But the LAPD is not immune from efforts to save money. Today's LA Times reports that a top homicide investigator sat idle for six weeks, not because he'd done anything wrong but because he'd racked up too much overtime. David Doan is Chief of Detectives.
- David Doan: Chief of Detectives, LAPD
County Gang Program a Shadow of Anticipated Marshall Plan ()
In its effort to combat gang violence at long last, LA County has labored to produce an elephant and come up with a mouse. That's according to Connie Rice, a lawyer for the Advancement Project, who was paid to draw up a multi-agency program to integrate law enforcement, child development, job creation, education and public health. She says agency heads all bought into the idea. But last week, the Board of Supervisors voted to give the Probation Department $1.1 million for a pilot program to monitor 100 young people for 15 months. The City of Los Angeles spends $18 million on gang prevention.
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