ANGELUS: THE RICH MUST ENTER INTO THE LOGIC OF GOD

ANGELUS: THE RICH MUST ENTER INTO THE LOGIC OF GOD

Vatican City, 14 October 2012 (VIS) – “God can conquer the heart of a person with many possessions and lead him towards solidarity and sharing with the poor and needy, so that he can enter into the logic of giving”, said the Pope commenting on today’s Gospel reading which narrates Jesus’ meeting with a rich young man.

“Jesus teaches that it is very difficult but not impossible for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God“, said the Holy Father in his remarks before praying the Angelus. “Indeed, through the ‘the logic of giving’, a person may follow the path of Jesus Christ Who, as the Apostle Paul wrote, ‘for your sake … became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich'”. Read more

California bishops laud dedication of national monument to Cesar Chavez

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California bishops laud dedication of national monument to Cesar Chavez

Monday, October 8, 2012

KEENE, Calif. (CNS) — California’s Catholic bishops said they were grateful that a national monument was being dedicated to farmworker labor leader Cesar Chavez, who “was profoundly influenced by Catholic social justice teaching.”

Chavez, who co-founded the United Farm Workers union in 1962, “strived to be a good disciple of the Lord Jesus by bringing the kingdom of God to the vineyards, fields and groves of America,” they said in a statement released Oct. 3. The dedication was Oct. 8. Read more

Denver Catholic Charities, Social Ministries Director Named Head Of USCCB Justice, Peace, Human Development Department

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Denver Catholic Charities, Social Ministries Director Named Head Of USCCB Justice, Peace, Human Development Department

September 17, 2012

WASHINGTONJonathan J. Reyes, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Catholic Charities and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Denver since 2009, has been named executive director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

He succeeds John Carr, who retired from the USCCB in late August after almost 25 years of service. He is currently is a fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, focusing on the links between faith and public life. Read more

‘Labor priests’ being trained to help immigrant, low-wage workers

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‘Labor priests’ being trained to help immigrant, low-wage workers


Father J. Cletus Kiley, a priest from the Archdiocese of Chicago, is pictured in the lobby of the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington July 5. The priest is director of immigration policy for UNITE HERE, a union for hotel, restaurant and textile workers. Father Kiley also serves on the AFL-CIO immigration committee. (CNS/Bob Roller)

By Mark Pattison
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The concept of “labor priest,” epitomized by Msgr. John Egan and Msgr. George Higgins in the 20th century, has been given a new twist to meet the realities of the 21st century.

The priests — more than two dozen of them, and all working with the approval of their diocesan bishops — are being recruited to help immigrant and low-wage workers.

The clerics met in Chicago in June with a number of mentors, speakers and labor leaders to hone their focus and to give them tools for the work ahead. Read more

On All of Our Shoulders

On All of Our Shoulders

Table of Contents:

  •  A Tipping Point

  • A Threat to the Church’s Teachings

  • Prudence Misused

  • Prudence and Principle, Love and Truth

  • Prudence and Policy

  • 5 Principles of Catholic Social Doctrine Most in Danger of Being Forgotten or Distorted

  • Conclusion

 We write as Catholic theologians, academics and ministers concerned for our nation and for the integrity of the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. We write to hold up aspects of the Church’s social doctrine that are profoundly relevant to the challenges our nation faces at this moment in history, yet are in danger of being ignored. At a moment when the ideas of Atlas Shrugged influence public debate and policy, we write to proclaim the Catholic truth that the stewardship of common good rests upon all of our shoulders together. This is a responsibility we dare not shrug. We fulfill this obligation in myriad ways, but indispensibly among them, through the policies of our government. We highlight these principles of the Church’s social doctrine in the hope that their substance will better influence our political and policy debates. Read more

Bishops say Biden made ‘inaccurate’ mandate statement :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Bishops say Biden made ‘inaccurate’ mandate statement :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

By Michelle Bauman

.- The U.S. bishops criticized Vice President Joe Biden for an “inaccurate statement of fact” about the HHS mandate’s impact on religious institutions during last night’s vice presidential debate.

“With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear,” said Biden during the Oct. 11 debate in Danville, Ky.

“No religious institution—Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital—none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide,” he argued. “That is a fact.” Read more

Cardinal Dolan on the US Election, the Radical Abortion License, Religious Liberty, Marriage, Debt and Solidarity

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Cardinal Dolan on the US Election, the Radical Abortion License, Religious Liberty, Marriage, Debt and Solidarity

By Deacon Keith Fournier
October 7th, 2012
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

 

I am concerned about a culture that has become increasingly callous about the radical abortion license, and a legal system that affords more protection to endangered species of plants and animals than to unborn babies; that considers pregnancy a disease; that interprets “comprehensive health care” in such a way that it may be used to threaten the life of the baby in the womb (and, it should be noted, to exclude the undocumented immigrant as well).

NEW YORK, NY (Ctaholic Online) – On the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, one day before he headed for Rome to participate in the historic Synod on the New Evangelization, Cardinal Timothy Dolan authored another outstanding column. It was one in a series he regularly pens for the “Catholic New York”. The series is entitled “Lord, to Whom Shall We Go” and the article, entitled “Cherished Saint Brought Christ to World Around Him”, can be read in its entirety hereRead more