Catholic Mass – Obotafumeiro Wed, 23 Nov 2022 03:20:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Catholic Mass – Obotafumeiro 32 32 Lawyers seek secrecy around Md.’s release of Catholic church sex abuse report Wed, 23 Nov 2022 02:42:00 +0000

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh’s 456-page report on child sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Baltimore is the subject of a legal effort to seal legal proceedings over whether to release it .

But the legal wrangling does not come from the archdiocese, which said in a statement on Tuesday that it would not object to the publication of details of the four-year investigation, described by Frosh in court filings last week as documenting 600 victims of clergy sexual abuse over 80 years.

“We believe that transparency is necessary to rebuild trust that has been damaged by evil acts of abuse by Church officials and by the historic failures of Church leaders to respond adequately to those acts. the archdiocese’s statement said, adding that the church depicted in the report “is not the archdiocese we are today” and does not reflect two decades of efforts to protect children.

He continued, “We recognize that efforts on the part of the Archdiocese to challenge errors and misqualifications through legal proceedings will likely be seen as an attempt to cover up past failures.”

The report relies on confidential grand jury testimony and accuses 158 priests of abuse, 43 of whom had not previously been identified in public, according to a motion filed last week to release the detailed findings. Because of the use of grand jury testimony, the attorney general must obtain court permission to unseal the report.

In the filing, Frosh said the report should be released because it was a “time for reckoning.”

The filing also says the report accuses officials who oversaw the priests of not doing enough to protect the victims.

Lawyers representing anonymous clients filed documents Monday to keep those proceedings around the release of the report — and potentially the entire report — secret.

The clients “are people named in the report but not accused of sexual abuse. We will be prepared to identify our clients in sealed proceedings,” attorneys William J. Murphy and Gregg L. Bernstein wrote in a motion filed Monday in Baltimore Circuit Court.

Archdiocese of Baltimore investigation uncovers over 600 victims of clergy sex abuse

Murphy and Bernstein asked the court to put the entire case under seal until a judge decides whether the report should be released, and to give their clients a confidential opportunity to address the court before that decision. not be taken.

Murphy declined to comment. Bernstein did not return a call seeking comment.

The lawyer representing the archdiocese, David Kinkopf, was not the petitioner. Until Tuesday, the church was not clear if she intends to challenge the report.

The effort to keep the proceedings secret mirrors the legal wrangling that preceded the release of an explosive report into sex abuse in the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania in 2018, the only other report like the one in Maryland.

The Pennsylvania report also relied on a grand jury, and its eventual release led to the arrest of priests, the early retirement of an archbishop, and new policies. In Baltimore, the archdiocese has thus added new names to its list of accused priests.

Victims and attorneys said the Pennsylvania report’s inclusion of decades-old cases was critical because many church leaders have never been held accountable.

The archdiocese has been cooperating with Frosh’s office since January 2019, producing over 100,000 pages of documents.

The church’s statement said it supports the right of anonymous clients to have their day in court. “The Archdiocese’s decision not to oppose the release of the report does not mean that legal requirements should not be met, or that those who may be named in a report should be denied the opportunity to participate,” the statement said.

]]> Catholic Giving Made Simple: Support Your Favorites November 29 Fri, 18 Nov 2022 06:11:31 +0000
Mark Brown, maintenance and facilities manager at Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph Parish in Leavenworth, stands by the truck with a snowplow that was purchased with Giving Tuesday donations last year. The truck, snowplow and a salt spreader help keep the parish running even in bad weather. LEVEN PHOTO BY JAY SOLDNER

by Dean Backes

LAWRENCE — After opening its doors to thousands of masses, baptisms, first communions and parish meetings for the better part of a century, St. John the Evangelist Church was in need of serious repairs.

So Pastor Father John Cousins, OFM Cap., rallied the troops.

As last year’s GivingTuesday campaign drew closer, Fr. John enlisted the parish’s communications director, Jacinta Hoyt, to help.

“I had the idea that we were going to use social media, the church newsletter and an explosion of emails as a way to promote fundraising and encourage people to donate,” Hoyt said. “We went through different parish directories and encouraged parishioners to submit photos of baptisms or first communions – different ways the church showed what their home was like, how they had been involved in the church and how the church had been involved in their lives.”

Hoyt took the photos she collected, some from the 1950s, and posted them to Facebook. Parishioners and family, friends and loved ones, linked to the photos, then tagged themselves and started commenting on the photos, sparking the marketing plan.

A generous donor offered to match the goal of $50,000 and St. John the Evangelist ended up raising $90,000 in donations for a total of $140,000 after the game.

“We would just like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has made a donation to help us support the church,” Hoyt said of last year’s successful campaign.

The success has left organizers eager for this year’s GivingTuesday campaign, when St. John the Evangelist seeks to raise funds for additional upgrades, such as $6,000 for church elevator upgrades and repairs. .

Father Glenn Snow, O.Carm., pastor of Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph Parish in Leavenworth, shows the camera and tripod in St. Joseph’s Choir which is used to broadcast masses live. The equipment was purchased with funds raised during last year’s GivingTuesday. This year, the parish hopes to raise enough money to purchase similar material for the Immaculate Conception. LEVEN PHOTO BY JAY SOLDNER

While donors are allowed to start donating to their favorite school, parish or ministry in advance, GivingTuesday officially kicks off on November 29. The online ranking at the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas (CFNEK) website – – will be accessible from November 23 to December 5.

Created with the aim of encouraging online giving to good causes on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the idea of ​​GivingTuesday was introduced in 2012 and eventually grew into a global movement. CFNEK has been involved in the fundraising blitz for several years, making it easy for archdiocesan entities to draw attention to their needs.

According to Marie Baranko, communications director for Christ’s Peace House of Prayer in Easton, the ministry started taking advantage of the online donation platform in 2019 when it raised money to paint some of its booths. Then in 2020, like many other organizations, Baranko’s ministry was forced to focus on raising enough money to stay afloat due to COVID-19.

Christ’s Peace began combining GivingTuesday with its fall fundraiser two years ago. Last fall, Baranko said $10,000 was raised through the GivingTuesday campaign — and $15,000 in total — to renovate the facility’s conference room. The additional funds received enabled the ministry to add an additional counter at the back of the room.

Baranko hopes to raise $12,000 this fall to repair and paint the siding of the main House of Prayer building.

“It’s out there,” Baranko said of the growing awareness of the GivingTuesday opportunity. “People are looking for him. I think we get a different demographic of people to give than we normally would.

Marie Baranko cleans the dishes in the kitchen of the House of Prayer for the Peace of Christ. The nursing home hopes to raise funds for the repairs this GivingTuesday. LEVEN PHOTO BY JAY SOLDNER

After raising funds to make the site of St. Joseph’s Parish Church in Leavenworth accessible to the Internet and to purchase the video equipment needed to broadcast Mass two years ago, Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph Parish of Leavenworth took a different route last fall.

Their former gardener, who now works at Carmelite House in Washington, DC, did it all – snow removal, mowing, religious education, contracts, housework and more. Thus, when he left, the community was obliged to raise the $18,000 needed to buy a truck with a snow plow, a salt spreader and a good mower to accompany the aid necessary for the proper functioning of the parishes.

This year, GivingTuesday coordinator Susan Harrington said her sister parishes are seeking to raise an additional $6,000 to begin making Immaculate Conception Church internet-accessible and to purchase equipment needed to livestream Mass and some of the other events taking place on the church grounds.

“If you have a project that they like — that they support — they donate,” Harrington said of fellow parishioners. “That’s what makes the success of [GivingTuesday].”

Father Glenn Snow, O.Carm., checks live footage from church on his laptop. Live streaming equipment was purchased for St. Joseph’s Church with funds raised during last year’s GivingTuesday. LEVEN PHOTO BY JAY SOLDNER

Faith-based nonprofits now receive the highest percentage of GivingTuesday online donations, with the average donation amount exceeding $204, up from $134 a year ago. Overall, online donations increased by 21%, with 17% of online donations coming from people donating from their mobile devices. Last fall, $2.7 billion was generated for nonprofits during GivingTuesday.

Jane Schmitt, CFNEK’s marketing coordinator, urged parishioners across the archdiocese to come out and donate.

“First we have Thanksgiving and Black Friday,” Schmitt said. “Then Small Business Saturday and Cyber ​​Monday. All of these days bring us to the biggest event of all – GivingTuesday. It has become a national giving day and is gaining momentum.

“I think most people donate to Giving Tuesday projects because it’s something they care about or care about. Or maybe their school or parish is participating and they will be able to see and reap the benefits and rewards of the gifts they give on Giving Tuesday.

For donors who shop or donate frequently online, giving is easy. They can donate with a credit card by texting the organization’s phone number and keyword, or by scanning a QR code that directs the donor directly to an organization’s crowdfunding page.

If in possession of a direct public donation page URL, donors can follow this route, or they can enter a participating school, parish or ministry with a check or cash.

Donors wishing to follow the progress of their favorite charity can go online to: to access the leaderboard. Once there, donors can find their favorite charities by scrolling down and clicking on the drop-down menu. Donors will then be able to see where their money is going by accessing the participating organization’s crowdfunding page.

Rabbi who co-founded Saint Leo Interfaith Center receives top Catholic honor Tue, 15 Nov 2022 18:27:00 +0000

Rabbi A. James Rudin, co-founder of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Saint Leo University, has spent much of his life helping to develop respect and understanding between different faiths.

Amid a rise in anti-Semitism around the world, his work has not gone unnoticed. He will soon receive one of the highest honors conferred by the Catholic Church.

Rudin, will be the third American rabbi to be honored with the papal knighthood of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great and the first person of the Jewish faith to be granted this honor by Pope Francis.

Rabbi A. James Rudin is co-founder of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Saint Leo University.

The investiture ceremony will be conducted on behalf of the Pope by Auxiliary Bishop Mark O’Connell of the Archdiocese of Boston. It begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Saint Leo Wellness Center, 33701 State Road 52 (Priory Circle).

“For more than 50 years, Rabbi A. James Rudin has worked to advance Catholic-Jewish relations and interreligious relations on a larger scale, with extraordinary skill, dedication and success,” Cardinal Sean Patrick said. O’Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston. .

The papal knighthood was established by Pope Gregory XVI in 1831 and is named after Saint Gregory, whose sixth-century writings greatly influenced the Catholic Church. It is the highest honor the pope bestows in recognition of significant contributions to society.

“It really is a highlight of my professional and personal life,” Rudin said. “And that really crowns almost 50 years of work in the field of Jewish-Christian relations. And it is a great, great honor… to be nominated by Pope Francis for this award… an honorary knight.”

“It’s something that surprised me, and I’m really honored to receive it.”

Rabbi Eric J. Greenberg, director of United Nations relations and strategic partnerships for the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, has worked with Rudin in the area of ​​interfaith relations for more than 25 years. He noted that the papal honor “comes at a crucial time when Jews are under attack worldwide, and this knighthood clearly demonstrates the evolution of positive Catholic-Jewish relations.”

Rudin said growing incidents of religious bigotry are part and parcel of the social pathology of anti-Semitism, which he called the world’s oldest social pathology.

“It’s a social cancer. And like cancer, it can be deadly,” Rudin said. “People have, millions have died because of anti-Semitism, and the goal is to eradicate it, stem it, put it into remission to use my cancer analogy.”

Rudin said thoughts about these feelings diminishing after World War II, that anti-Semitism was under control and no longer a threat to human society, were misguided.

“We have discovered in recent years that unfortunately, here in the United States, in Europe and in other parts of the world, it has reappeared again,” he said, adding that this is why Jewish relations and interreligious relations are so important.

“Because a lot of the source … of anti-Semitism comes from religious sources and that needs to be eradicated just like you’re trying to eradicate cancerous cells in a human being,” he said. .

Rudin, a Fort Myers resident, is the American Jewish Committee’s senior interfaith adviser, having previously served as director of interfaith affairs. He is also a prominent professor of religion and Judaica at Saint Leo, in addition to having established the university’s Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies.

“The Catholic Church has been especially blessed by Rabbi Rudin’s many years of close working relationship with Cardinal John O’Connor in New York and Pope St. John Paul II,” Cardinal O’Malley of Boston noted. . “We are all blessed by Rabbi Rudin’s accomplishments in promoting dialogue and collaboration among communities of different faiths. The impact of this work continues to grow as successive generations build on the foundations Rabbi Rudin laid.

Saint Leo is one of the largest Catholic universities in the country with over 15,800 students. Founded in 1889 by Benedictine monks and nuns, Pasco County School is a private, nonprofit university.

Timothy Howard Strahler | News, Sports, Jobs Sat, 12 Nov 2022 06:48:22 +0000


On November 10, 2022, God won another carpenter and farmer into heaven. Timothy Howard Strahler, 74, of Churchtown, Ohio, was born June 4, 1948 in Marietta, Ohio.

Tim’s proudest accomplishments in life were his four children with Karen Wittekind Strahler. Kari Caldwell (Rusty) of Churchtown, Traci Strahler Chichester (David) of Lowell, T. Troy Strahler (Minda) of Churchtown and Dustin Strahler (Amy) of Marietta.

Tim’s pride and joy was to be the grandfather of his grandchildren Braden Strahler (Kara), Brailie Strahler, Karissa and Karinna Caldwell, Anna, Ruslan and Sydney Strahler, Emma and Jonathan.

Tim loved his large family of siblings and is survived by seven sisters and one brother, who called him “Timi”, Kathy Lough, Jenny Strahler, Cindy Davis, Sheila Lovett (Craig), Lorinda Lang (Jeff), Tina Duff (Duane), Natalie Lowe (Randy) and Toby Strahler. Tim is also survived by his very special friend, Tami Selan, and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Howard Strahler, Grace Lang Strahler, his brother Ronald Strahler and his brother-in-law Dave Davis.

Tim Strahler was an entrepreneur and founded Tim Strahler Construction Co., The Laminate Shop, Inc., the Tiger Stop Complex and the former Kitchen Creations. He was the developer of Cheyenne Estate in Oak Grove, Indian Hills Subdivision in Marietta and Oak Tree Villas in Belpre. Tim’s love for carpentry began at an early age as the youngest bricklayer in the union. His love continued in teaching carpentry from 1988 to 1998 at the Washington County Career Center. He took many students to state and nationals for cabinetmaking. Today, many self-taught woodworkers still say Tim was their mentor. He just hung up his carpenter’s belt when he retired on July 4 this year. Over the years Tim has been an active member of the Washington County Homebuilders Association as President in 86, 87, 93, 95 and 2000-2001. He was a former director of the Washington County Fair Board.

The biggest smile you would see on Tim’s face was waving his tractor while scooping hay. Purchased when he was only 18 years old, his farm was his place of happiness and he was very proud to make it an oasis for his family. When you didn’t find him in the store or in the fields, you found him watching a football or basketball game; he was a huge Buckeye fan. Tim enjoyed celebrating family reunions on his farm and sitting by his pond with a campfire. The laughter, tears and joy of these gatherings will be forever cherished by his family.

Though our hearts bleed, we know that Tim is already mowing the fields of paradise with his four-legged friend, Harley, running alongside him. He waves at all of us with a smile on his face.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Washington County Career Center Carpentry Class or the Waterford FFA.

Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 14, 2022 at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Churchtown, with Reverend David Gaydosik in celebration. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 2-8 p.m. at Marietta Chapel at Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home, with a wake at 7 p.m.

Cawley & Peoples is honored to serve Tim’s family and offers online condolences as well as many other resources by visiting their website, or going to their Facebook page.

Why Catholic-Protestant churches must work in tandem Wed, 09 Nov 2022 17:51:10 +0000

As Christmas is not far away and All Saints Day has recently been observed in India and other parts of the world by Christians, efforts to bury the differences between Catholics and Protestants so that they can work vigorously for society and country, are happening. It should be celebrated.

On All Saints Day, some Catholic and Protestant priests met in Rohtak, Haryana and discussed how to work in tandem as much as possible. To cement their ties with the Catholic Church, the Delhi Brotherhood Society organizes a series of interfaith and intercommunity seminars and meetings to strengthen their ties with all communities/religions across India.

Meanwhile, it should be mentioned here that All Saints Day is a day of prayer and remembrance for the faithful departed, observed as Christians on November 2 every year. Through prayer, intercessions, almsgiving and visitation to cemeteries, people commemorate the poor souls in purgatory and earn them indulgences.

It is high time that we know what divides Catholics and Protestants? Well, they worship the same God and for both of them the Bible is a holy book, but the tenets of their faith are different. Catholicism and Protestantism are two denominations of Christianity, just as Shiites and Sunnis are sects of Islam. While the Pope is the head of the Catholic Church, Protestantism is a general term that refers to Christianity. Although we have seen a lot of bad blood between Catholics and Protestants in the past, things have never been so bad in India despite having separate churches.

“Certainly much of this animosity has dissipated around the world, including in India. The thaw between Protestants and Catholics is a thing of the past,” said Brother George Solomon, a Christian scholar and priest based in Delhi. And yet, the theological differences between Protestants and Catholics are there. The battle between Catholics and Protestants is steeped in history. The degrees of reaction varied from friendly disagreements to differences of opinion on certain religious issues.

Protestants accuse Catholics of worshiping Mary, and Catholics believe that Protestants are apparently too stupid to understand the distinctions Rome has made in this regard.

While many organizations outside India have been striving to bring the two Christian sects closer together for centuries, the Delhi Brotherhood Society (DBS) is doing great service in getting Catholics and Protestants to bury their hatchet for the cause. wider society, country and humanity. DBS was born out of the rich history of the Brotherhood of the Ascended Christ, with a story no less unique. He established great institutions like St. Stephen’s College and St. Stephen’s Hospital and other similar organizations across India. Since its official inception, it has continued its quest to uplift the downtrodden and downtrodden according to these principles and has expanded to neighboring slums and beyond. Currently it manages 19 projects for the betterment of society and is involved in women’s empowerment, community development, education, abuse prevention, vocational training, academic work, interfaith dialogue, shelters by night,

“In India, Protestants and Catholics were working together to provide relief and shelter to all those who were hard hit by the tsunami and the devastating floods in Kerala. Thus, the two clearly showed the world that they could and that they would work for the needy when the situation called for it,” says the famous scholar Joseph Gathia.

And if we talk about Christianity in India, we say that it dates back to the time of Saint Thomas. He was one of the twelve disciples of Christ, who arrived in India around 52 AD. Although Christians have been here for centuries, their presence is known primarily through their service and their contributions to society which are largely reflected in the communities and villages in which they dwelt. They chose to live in a well assimilated way and the most recorded history of their contributions begins around four hundred years ago. With the emphasis and importance given to the social needs of education and health, it is not surprising to see the high literacy rates of states like Kerala and Tamil Nadu, which were among the first areas of Christian growth.

And Christian missionaries were pioneers in education. The Santa Fe School of Goa, founded in 1540 by the Franciscans, was the first formal Christian educational enterprise outside of Europe. In 1542 it was taken over by St. Francis Xavier and in 1548 it was elevated to college status and renamed St. Paul’s College. Soon other missionary schools appeared in other parts of India – in Bassein (1546), Cochin (1549), Punnaicayil in Tamil Nadu (1567), Madurai (1595), Pondicherry (1713) , a Tamil high school at Ellacurichi in Tamil Nadu (1731) and a Sanskrit school at Mannanam in Kerala (1846).

And Christians were also at the forefront of the liberation movement. Those who look objectively at the history of the freedom struggle in India would agree that there were Christian missionaries who fully supported the nationalist cause to the embarrassment and outrage of the British colonial government. Among these missionaries, the best known names are: Stanley Jones, CF Andrews, Sushil Kumar Rudra. CFA Andrews was part of DBS. The Indian Christian community played an influential role, especially in the first phase of the Indian National Congress.

The influence of Christians has been impressive in the various sessions of the Indian National Congress. For example, at the third annual session of the Congress in 1887, out of 607 attendees at the session, 15 were Indian Christians, and among those who addressed the assembly was Madhu Sudhan Das (1848-1934, popularly known as ‘Utkal Gurab’), a well-known leader of the Christian community in Orissa. The number and influence of Indian Christians continued to be impressive in later sessions of Congress. Kali Charan Banerjee (1847-1907), a Bengali Christian and a good orator, regularly addressed the annual sessions of Congress to shape National Movement policy. During the 1889 Congress session, among the ten women delegates, three were Christians: Pandita Ramabai Saraswati (1858-1922), Mrs. Triumbuck, Mrs. Nikambe. There are records of active Christian participation in the Swaraj movement, the non-cooperation movement, the civil disobedience movement and the “Quit India” movement.

And cut to now. Surely, when Catholics and Protestants would work together for the welfare of society and the country, they would do wonders.

(The author is Delhi based senior journalist and writer. He is the author of Gandhi’s Delhi which brought out many hidden facts about Mahatma Gandhi)

Hockey Canada, the Ottawa Police Service and the Catholic Church Sun, 06 Nov 2022 10:45:31 +0000


What do Hockey Canada, the Ottawa Police Service and the Catholic Church have in common? These three entities have been in the news lately due to issues related to a problematic internal culture, leadership and governance structures, and a reluctance to change.

In the last week of October, we learned that Hockey Canada’s CEO and entire Board of Directors were finally stepping down after months of pressure from MPs, corporate sponsors and its own members. . A few days earlier, there had been a report on CBC National News that Hockey Canada executives were not heeding calls for their resignation and a complete overhaul of the sport’s management. Gretchen Kerr, a sports expert from the University of Toronto, noted that the organization is made up of players who grew up in a sports culture that tolerates sexual harassment and misogyny and who have become coaches, referees and organizational leaders. And this very insular nature of hockey encourages the organization to become a bit of an echo chamber. It is self-regulating and autonomous with very little external responsibility.

Then, in late October, there was testimony from former Ottawa police chief Peter Sloly at the Emergencies Act inquiry. Mr. Sloly’s opinions and views on the organizational deficits of the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) are well-founded based on his undergraduate degree in sociology and a master’s degree in business administration. In addition, he has extensive practical experience and training in policing and public order, as well as two tours of duty with a United Nations peacekeeping mission. He says that when he was recruited, the Police Services Board made it very clear to him that the OPS needed significant change: operationally, administratively and in its human resources processes, the usual types of change processes including large organizations need for a regular basis. From his own professional preparation, experience and background, he knew the challenges facing any major cultural change, especially in a large organization more than a century old with longstanding structural deficits. He knew that these types of changes require staff and leadership development, that these are things you need to build and grow. There’s no major light switch to make them happen.

An earlier article in The stream, Welcome to Synodality, describes how a global “wide movement of consultation” is taking place in the Catholic Church. It has been described as one of the most important reforms in the history of the Catholic Church. All the dioceses of the world were invited to participate, to encourage collective and individual participation by listening to each other and walking together to discern the future paths necessary to participate in the mission of the Church; how to follow the way of Christ. Participants were encouraged to submit responses and in mid-June these were summarized in a diocesan summary document. Click HERE to read the report from the Diocese of Pembroke. Each Canadian diocese was invited to submit its summary document, or synthesis, to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). On August 15, the CCCB submitted its National Synthesis to the Holy See. Click HERE to read the CCCB submission.

When you read the reports, there is a real sense of gratitude, that people cared deeply about their faith and the Church, and that the hierarchy was seeking feedback. Participants appreciated that there was a listening ear, they were encouraged to speak frankly and openly about their concerns and were invited to discuss future paths for the Church. And respondents were direct and honest about issues that needed to be addressed, such as openness concerns; governance structures; strict, inflexible and intransigent doctrine; the role of the laity, especially women; issues around the LGBTQ community, etc. Suffice it to say that a short article like this is unable to adequately summarize the positive views or concerns expressed in the 14-page reports, but one is encouraged to read the longer reports for insight. larger than what participants think across the country. must be done for the Church.

However, there was no sense of panic or urgency to do something now about the current situation. The pews are emptying, young people are not getting involved, financial support is dwindling, the clergy is aging and withdrawing much faster than the seminaries manage to replenish the ranks. Like Hockey Canada, it’s as if the leaders were unaware of the need for change and ignored it. And Peter Sloly is right; these are the types of challenges that a large organization faces when a major cultural shift is needed. There is no quick fix, no switch to get there.

But wait! Just when things looked daunting, that not much would happen, on October 27, Pope Francis announced an extension of the synodal process, the continental stage. The new document is titled “Expand Your Tent Space”. It calls for a Church capable of radical inclusion and encourages deeper discussion of the issues raised in many reports from around the world; some issues that only a few years ago were considered anathema and heretical, questions about the role and inclusion of women, youth, the poor, people who identify as LGBTQ, divorced and remarried civilly. The report notes the various challenges facing the Church around the world, challenges such as increased secularization, forced conversions, religious persecution, lack of facilities for people with disabilities, as well as clericalism.

Unlike Hockey Canada, the Curia, this bureaucracy of cardinals which is a management level between the pope and the bishops, did not resign en masse. The document gives the impression that the bishops are finally listening and that there is hope for greater inclusion in the Church. It is good that organizational problems are not diagnosed as an easy fix, someone to blame, or some other simple explanation provided such as modernity or secularization. Look for larger systemic issues. Like the Ottawa Police Services, change will take time to build and grow, time for leadership and membership development. Pope Francis notes that the “The purpose of the Synod was not to produce documents but to sow dreams, to bring forth prophecies and visions, to allow hope to flourish, to inspire confidence, to heal wounds, to build relationships, inspire hope, learn from each other and create a brilliant ingenuity that will enlighten minds and warm hearts.

We hope this next step will inspire more people to read some of the reports and share the dreams and visions of people around the world.

About the Author: John Madigan grew up on a farm along the Madawaska River and spent forty years in Ontario’s education system as a teacher, principal and school board administrator. He says that, like so many others around the world, new conditions and discoveries force him to reevaluate his religious traditions and that he is more comfortable pondering the questions than obsessing over the right answers. .

Above: St. Francis de Sales Mission Church at Latchford Bridge (image provided)

Bishop urges Catholics to put Christianity ahead of party in midterm elections Thu, 03 Nov 2022 09:37:31 +0000

NEW YORK – Ahead of the national midterm elections next week, South Carolina’s only Catholic bishop reminds American Catholics that regardless of what political party they belong to, they must first vote as Christians, seeking the common good of all.

“As Americans prepare to enter the voting booth later this month, it’s important to recognize, especially as Christians, that we don’t just belong to one specific party – we are first Christians,” Bishop Jacques Fabre-Jeune of Charleston said in a Nov. 2 statement.

“We belong to God who has made us one family in faith,” he said. “We have a responsibility to our nation and our communities to seek the common good of all and to promote dialogue in a world of difference.”

Midterm elections are on Nov. 8, with 35 of the 100 Senate seats and all 435 House seats up for grabs.

The results could remove a Democratic majority in both the House and the Senate. Currently, Democrats have a 220-212 advantage in the House. The other three seats are vacant. In the Senate, there are 48 Democrats and two independents who caucus with Democrats and 50 Republicans. Any tie vote in the Senate is broken by Vice President Kamala Harris, giving the Democrats a slight edge.

The Catholic Church does not endorse individual candidates for election or re-election. Instead, the church advocates for Catholics to vote in accordance with their religious values ​​and advise them on different issues – issues of life, religious freedom, definition of marriage, wealth disparity, immigration and violence. between them.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops highlights these issues in its ballot document “Shaping Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.” The document reminds Catholics of three things to take with them into the voting booths: that respect for the dignity of each person is at the heart of Catholic teaching, that there should be a focus on the common good, and that Catholics have the obligation to vote.

Individual dioceses and state Catholic conferences have issued similar documents. And some have spoken out specifically against abortion measures on their state ballots in recent weeks.

In his November 2 statement, however, Fabre-Jeune talks about the upcoming elections from a broader perspective. He insists on the idea that Catholics must vote with a well-formed conscience and recalls the “blessing” represented by the possibility of participating in civic life.

Fabre-Jeune was born in Haiti – a country that has long experienced political turmoil – immigrated to New York while in high school. He was ordained a priest in 1986 in the Diocese of Brooklyn and, before becoming bishop of Charleston earlier this year, held offices in Florida, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Rome and the state of Georgia.

“As citizens of this great country, we have the ability to vote and engage in civic life,” Fabre-Jeune said November 2. “It is a blessing that we can actively live our faith and a moral obligation to vote for those who uphold the right to practice it.

The bishop also mentions the importance for Catholics to form their conscience before voting and to weigh each candidate’s position “on the moral hierarchy of issues.”

“We must elect legislators who defend and promote the common good, reject inherently evil acts, and protect the weak, undeserved, and vulnerable,” Fabre-Jeune said.

“We do not vote out of social pressure or selfishness, but out of a well-formed conscience. We vote for the love for one another that flows from God, Creator and Giver of Life,” he added. “Let us pray for our state and our nation as we seek the intercession of South Carolina’s patron, Our Lady of Joyful Hope.”

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Anna Stoeckl Obituary – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Mon, 31 Oct 2022 22:35:39 +0000

Anna Stoeckl (née Roth), 90, of Lomira was called home to be with the Lord on October 21, 2022 at Lakewood Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Brookfield. Anna was born on August 31, 1932 in Drenovci, Yugoslavia, to Stefan and Katharina Roth (née Brandelik). She immigrated to the United States in 1956 and married Jacob Stoeckl on February 15, 1958 at St. Anne’s Parish in Milwaukee. Anna and Jacob had two children, Joseph and Anna, whom they loved very much. Anna worked all her life as a farmer and was a true steward of the Earth and loved and cared for all living things. Anna was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. She was a devout Catholic and a longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lomira and dedicated her life to the care of her dear daughter, Anni Stoeckl, who brought her mother endless joy and companionship. Those Anna leaves behind to cherish her memory include her two children, Anna Stoeckl and Joseph (Karen) Stoeckl; two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Jacob Stoeckl, whom she adored and who were the pride and joy of her life. She also leaves to mourn nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, Anna was predeceased by her husband, Jacob; and two siblings, Josef (Maria) Roth and Magdalena (Franz) Urich. A Christian Burial Mass to celebrate Anna’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 699 Milwaukee Street, Lomira, WI 53048. Father Nathaniel Miniatt will officiate. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. until time of mass. After mass, a funeral service will be held in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials at Lakewood Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Brookfield were preferred. Anna’s family express their deepest gratitude to the staff at Lakewood Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Brookfield, Hope Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lomira and Brighton Hospice for the loving care they provided. For condolences, visit

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Creston community honors deceased farmer as he completes harvest Sat, 29 Oct 2022 10:32:04 +0000

Community means something different in Creston, according to John Baker, a 63-year-old farmer born and raised in the Union County town of about 7,500 people.

When Baker’s older brother, Paul Baker, died last week aged 66 – five days after being diagnosed with cancer – the community of Creston didn’t wait long to step up and help. More than 100 farmers and other volunteers came together on Thursday and used 20 combines, 40 grain carts and 38 semi-trailers to help John Baker harvest more than 600 acres of corn from 5 plots of land he owned with his brother, according to family friend Chad Rieck.

Putting their own crops on hold, the volunteer worked from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., enjoying coffee and donuts provided by the local John Deere dealer in the morning and bagged lunches in the afternoon from the local Farm Bureau, each containing handwritten notes. children from St. Malachy Catholic School in Creston.

More than 100 community members came out to help John Baker harvest more than 600 acres of corn a week after the unexpected death of his brother, Paul Baker.

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Rieck said Thursday’s harvest and the community support behind it was unlike anything he had ever seen before. It was an effort that Paul Baker would have joined had circumstances been different.

“He is quite simply the most caring and generous human in the world,” Rieck said. “There was never anyone he wouldn’t help.”

Paul Baker was the kind of person who always reached out to help others, his family said.

Paul Baker was an active member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Creston and a devoted family man, his brother said. He was known in his church community as the person who made everything work and who would be there anytime if anyone or anything needed help, Rieck said. According to Rieck, he was the kind of person who was so supportive he could even calm a crying baby.

“He just had this presence around him,” Rieck said.

While John Baker admitted it was difficult to contain his emotions throughout the day, he said the harvest went without major problems. At the end of the day, the group came together to celebrate a job well done and honor the life of Paul Baker and all that he did for his community.

Some of the volunteers who helped the Baker family with their fall harvest after the sudden death of Paul Baker from cancer.

“He was an amazing man,” John Baker said. “If I can do 25% of what he did, I’ll be happy.”

Paul Baker is survived by his wife, Lynn Baker, two daughters and two grandchildren.

Francesca Block is a breaking news reporter at the Des Moines Register. Contact her at or on Twitter at@francescablock3.

Mark your calendars! International Eucharistic Congress scheduled for September 2024 Wed, 26 Oct 2022 21:30:00 +0000

The theme, taken from Matthew 23:8, comes from the full phrase: “You have one master, and you are all brothers”. Its context is Jesus’ warning to disciples to avoid taking titles to show that one is superior. Instead, he commands them to humble themselves to serve others.

In March 2021, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had designated the Archdiocese of Quito as the host for the event. The Eucharistic Congress will take place during the year of the 150th anniversary of the consecration of Ecuador to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Ecuador was the first country to make this consecration.

Quito, the capital of Ecuador, sits in the foothills of the Andes at a high elevation of 9,350 feet. It is the most populous city in Ecuador with over three million inhabitants in its metropolitan area.

According to 2020 statistics, there are over 2.7 million Catholics in the Archdiocese of Quito, or 85% of the population.

Ecuador has never hosted an international Eucharistic congress. Bogotá, Colombia, which hosted a Eucharistic Congress in 1968, was the last South American location for the event.

The next congress could be another opportunity for Pope Francis to visit South America. The pontiff had already visited Quito during his July 2015 apostolic visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay.