Father Roy Bourgeois, who the Vatican says automatically excommunicated himself and who is now facing dismissal from his order, spoke with fellow Maryknoll priests and brothers during an impromptu gathering at the order's U.S. Regional Assembly Tuesday.
On this day we celebrate the feast of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart.
"Sophie was living in Paris when the Revolutionary period gave way to the rise of Napoleon and the establishment of the Empire. At this time many women all over France, in a bid to restore the primacy of religion and the place of the church, initiated small communities focused on social work, mostly in education and health."
"Sophie Barat's chosen area was the education of young women of the aristocracy and upper middle-classes and the education of the poor. To this purpose, she established boarding schools and poor schools, usually on the same property."
Joplin, Mo. Church provides temporary home Health care staffers check on patients in hotels, shelters.
What makes this story especially newsworthy is that parishes and dioceses around the country, like the Diocese of St. Augustine, Fla., are also downsizing whether due to a lack of priests or a lack of money and need to be cognizant of discrimination issues. The leadership in the Diocese of St. Augustine most likely did not intend to discriminate against Hispanic employees, but the impact of their decisions had the likely affect of discrimination, according to the Florida Commission on Human Rights. Of course, the diocese disputes the claim.
From ABC News:
At least 116 people have been reported dead in Joplin. Authorities say 25 percent to 30 percent of the city has been damaged by the tornado, which was reportedly one mile wide, with winds of nearly 200 mph.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Sunday evening and activated the National Guard.
Find out how to help this city, 160 miles south of Kansas City.
On this day, Bob Dylan turns 70.
Happy Birthday to a great American songwriter, a brilliant poet, the voice of a generation!
It's been a little strange in the last few days to see the efforts some are making to reinterpret the '60s and '70s to suit their own purposes.
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Monday that will force California to greatly reduce its prison populations is raising concerns here over how many of those inmates will end up in county jails or released.
Rice High School Catholic School in Harlem Is Closing Over Financial Woes
St. Louis, Mo. Donors pledge $100,000 to Trinity Catholic High School
I could not help but recall the quotation attributed to Fyodor Dostoevsky that "the degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons" when I saw the story of the Supreme Court's ruling on prison in California. Thank God for Justice Kennedy. How sad that the four least compassionate U. S. Supreme Court justices are Catholics.
What reads like a page out of a William Kennedy novel is actually a true story out of Brooklyn, written by a Michael Wilson for the Crime Scene section of The New York Times:
In the last few years of his life, my father dove deeply into a world of crossword puzzles, jumbles, and Scrabble. These were "mind exercises," he said, built to hold off the thing he feared most: forgetting.
Just a couple of months before he passed away, he called my mother desperately from his cell-phone. He'd pulled his car off to the side of the road, didn't quite know where he was, and couldn't remember the way home. That moment plunged him into a bout of depression and despair.