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Beatification of JPII said to be delayed


Last week, John Allen blogged on a behind-the-scenes debates within the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, concerning the beatification process for the late Pope John Paul II. (See John Paul II: 'Santo, ma non subito').

Today, Catholic News Service is reporting that John Paul II's beatification is being delayed as the Vatican seeks more documentation regarding his almost 27 years as pope.

CNS cites the Italian newspaper La Stampa, which repofted that the chief holdup regards hundreds of letters he wrote before and after his election to Wanda Poltawska, a longtime friend and adviser to the pope.

The murder of Dr. George Tiller.


Priests for Life founder Fr. Frank Pavone is on Morning Air with Sean Herriott discussing the murder of Wichita, Kan., Dr. George Tiller. Listen to it Pavone on the Catholic radio network Relevant Radio or on the internet.

Here's the statement Fr. Pavone issued yesterday (May 31) shortly after the murder:

"I am saddened to hear of the killing of George Tiller this morning. At this point, we do not know the motives of this act, or who is behind it, whether an angry post-abortive man or woman, or a misguided activist, or an enemy within the abortion industry, or a political enemy frustrated with the way Tiller has escaped prosecution. We should not jump to conclusions or rush to judgment.

"But whatever the motives, we at Priests for Life continue to insist on a culture in which violence is never seen as the solution to any problem. Every life has to be protected, without regard to their age or views or actions."

Death of Thomas Berry


Passionist priest and acclaimed cultural historian Thomas Berry died in Well-Spring Retirement Community, Greensboro NC, at 6:25 am, Monday, June 1, 2009.

Funeral services will be held in four places:
1) Greensboro NC's St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, primarily but not exclusively for Thomas's family and the local community, Wednesday, June 3, 2009.

2) The Passionist Monastery, Jamaica, NY on Saturday June 6, 2009 at 11am.

3) Here at our monastery (Green Mt Monastery)which Thomas chose as his final resting place. Open to all. We anticipate a Mass of Resurrection and Burial to take place here on Monday June 8 at 11am. If this day/time changes, we will notify you by Tuesday afternoon
June 2.

If you plan to attend, please Email us at:
Directions and Lodging Options are listed below.

4) A more general and public memorial service at St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York City, where Thomas was honorary canon, details to be arranged by the Thomas Berry Foundation and directed by
Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim.

GREEN MOUNTAIN MONASTERY: Driving directions and Lodging

Bridgeport diocese sues state


The Associated Press is reporting that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport sued Connecticut officials in federal court Friday, after being told it needs to register as a lobbyist to hold rallies and use its Web site to oppose legislation.

The move is the latest chapter in tensions between the Catholic Church and the state over issues including gay marriage, emergency contraception and giving parishioners more control over church finances.

The diocese is asking a U.S. District judge to stop the Office of State Ethics from what it calls an unconstitutional application of Connecticut lobbying laws.

Protecting marriage


An video ad by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) highlighting the harmful consequences of gay marriage was hardly an advertisement for the intelligence of its makers. The 30-second spot warns that students will be taught "that boys can marry other boys" or could be taken to a same-sex wedding as a field trip if gay marriage becomes legalized.

The final frame urges voters in New York, where a same-sex marriage bill recently passed through the state assembly, to contact their senators. "SAY NO TO SAME SAME SEX MARRAIGE," it urges. This pro-gay marriage blog caught the two typos before NOM fixed them. “And we’re the ones who threaten school kids?!?!” one of the site’s bloggers wrote.

'... do you love me?'


After he ate breakfast with them, Jesus said, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" John 21:15

Empathy is in the news as either a laudable or lamentable quality in a Supreme Court justice. It is a high standard, perhaps higher than a verbatim recall of all of Constitutional law, its precedents and applications. Empathy suggests the highest, most mature discernment, requiring both head and heart, what Solomon had when he risked the child to determine its real mother.

Canada bishop questions morality of oil sands development


The Canadian Catholic bishop for the region around Alberta's massive oil sands project questions the "moral legitimacy" of their rapid development. The destructive effect on the environment that would result from such development "is against God's plan for the earth."

In a pastoral letter, Bishop Luc Bouchard says the earth is a gift that, undamaged, allows people to sense God's existence. "Therefore, even great financial gain does not justify serious harm to the environment," he writes.

Surface mining of oil sands, environmentalists say, destroys large tracts of boreal forest, pollutes water and will soon contribute far more carbon dioxide to the environment thatn all of Canada's passenger cars combined.

"Any one of the above destructive efforts provokes moral concern, but it is when the damaging effects are all added together that the moral legitimacy of oilsands production is challenged," states the letter.

Madison diocese in financial squeeze


Amid all the conversations I’ve had about what is emerging in the church there’s the occasional reality check like this story from the Diocese of Madison which is being forced because of finances to close a well-known multi-cultural center that serves one of the city’s poorest neighborhood:

“The actions, according to a media release from the diocese, are being taken ‘to address the long-term decline in the diocesen portfolio as well as increased cost of services provided by the diocese.’”

No one can argue with economic realities, but one wonders when, at a national level, we’ll begin the conversation about the implications of an ever diminishing Catholic presence in some of our cities.


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