I hope NCR readers are familiar with the important work of the Commission for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation of the USG/UISG Secretariat. Here is some background.
June 5th is World Environment Day and to mark this day the Commission wants us to join in with a number of actions, including saying a prayer it has written for the occassion.
If we are to save and celebrate our planet, its life - our corner of Creation - a conversion of heart is required. At the center of the crisis is a call to spiritual conversion. So consider this invitation.
More than a dozen victims of sexual abuse by priests and their supporters marched to the Catholic Center Tuesday afternoon to urge Bishop William E. Lori not to pursue any appeals to block the release of thousands of documents detailing abuse by clergy since the 1960s.
But Lori was not available so the protesters left a letter at the front desk and were given a written response from Bridgeport diocese officials.
One has to wonder, given the string of events that have occurred during the past four months, whether the clergy sexual abuse has quietly reached a new stage, one that may yet drive the church to a deeper examination of the scandal’s causes.
Just received this note: There will be a Memorial Service for Oblate Fr. Lorenzo Rosebaugh on Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 2 pm at Saint Benedict The Moore at 1015 N. 9th St., Milwaukee, WI.
For other Memorial Services please see Memorial to Lorenzo Rosebaugh at www.nonviolentworm.org. Photos and testimonials here.
Lorenzo in death, as he did in life, is calling us together to be
followers of the Way of Jesus.
Let us Celebrate Together the Life of this Holy Person.
Fr. Tom Iwanowski had just finished celebrating Mass (and baptizing four infants) on a sunny Sunday in May when we sat down to talk in a conference room of the rectory at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish in Jersey City, N.J.
This is one of those parishes about which people say, after just a few minutes in the congregation, “this place is different.”
When CBS cancelled the popular Without a Trace on May 19, I was disappointed.
I have been a fan of the show since it first aired in 2002. The story of a fictitious FBI missing-persons unit based in New York., it stars an international and multi-cultural cast, all with American accents: Aussie Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Briton Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Enrique Murciano and Eric Close. An industry friend told me that a show’s quality is only one of several criteria (such as ratings) that decide the fate of a television show, and not the top one at that.
Here in Los Angeles, they call Ken Deasy “Father Hollywood.” Partly because he is an entertaining and motivating preacher, and partly because Ken is perhaps best known as a consultant and writer for the hit movie “Bruce Almighty.” But mostly because Ken doesn’t take himself too seriously, and laughs at the “Hollywood” moniker along with everyone else.
The International Union of Superiors General, the church’s top women religious leadership organization, this week issued a strong supportive statement for U.S. women religious.
"We affirm unequivocally our support for our sisters in the United States,” the statement reads. The union issued the statement after meeting last week.
California's Supreme Court has upheld a ban on same-sex marriages that voters voters passed in November.
The ruling by the court allows about 18,000 same-sex marriages performed before the ban to remain valid.