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Resolving the ASUU strike “is a priority and ASUU and the government must change ground and avoid any arm-twisting techniques that only aggravate the situation,” he further said, adding, ” The government must find a way to solve this problem, because it is already very tragic that universities have remained closed for so long.

Bishop Badejo continues, “To allow this to continue in this era of campaigning is to invite restless and angry young people into trouble.”

He calls on the leaders, the executive, the legislature and the members of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) “to stand on the side of equity, truth and justice and rehabilitate this country in ruins”.

Reflecting on the country’s general elections scheduled for February 25, 2023, the head of the Catholic Church called on political candidates to “behave accordingly” as they engage in campaigns that officially launched Wednesday, September 28.

“The campaign period has opened towards the national elections in February 2023. All of us, politicians and citizens, must save Nigeria which is at this tipping point and behave accordingly,” he says.

The 61-year-old Nigerian bishop who has been head of the Diocese of Oyo since November 2009 adds, “Our leaders must not suspend governance because of the election campaign. Some challenges just can’t wait for the next diet.

“Government must multitask and come up with solutions even as campaigns are underway,” he further said, adding, “Politicians must engage in non-violence and learn to disagree without being disagreeable. so as not to ignite the tinder of public disaffection all around.”

Nigerian politicians, Bishop Bajedo continued, “must sincerely adhere to the rule of law and avoid double talk. Politics should be mutually respectful and avoid false and hateful rhetoric that heats up the political system.

He calls on the electorate of the West African nation to exercise their civic duty saying, “This is your moment, seize it and demand integrity, accountability and commitment to fair and good governance from all all candidates”.

“Let all civil society organizations support the new energy of positive change that is enveloping our country, especially our young people,” says Bishop Badejo, who began his episcopal ministry in October 2007 as Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Oyo.

Catholic priest in Tanzania suspended over allegations of sexual abuse of minors https://obotafumeiro.com/catholic-priest-in-tanzania-suspended-over-allegations-of-sexual-abuse-of-minors/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 22:53:02 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/catholic-priest-in-tanzania-suspended-over-allegations-of-sexual-abuse-of-minors/

He adds, “Justice will take its course and the church will cooperate to ensure that those who have been wronged are treated fairly.”

The TEC General Secretary further states, “The Catholic Church is against acts of sexual abuse of children, as it is meant to be a safe place for all.”

“We admit it is a problem, we have more than 3,000 priests in this country, but among them you find those who have weaknesses and shortcomings, that is why this is happening,” he said. added.

In the September 29 report, Fr. Kitima says the Church views the issue of sexual abuse of minors as “a bad thing because it raises great doubts among parents and children.”

“When children follow (First) Communion teachings, they hope to find someone who will nurture them spiritually, but when they are treated with things contrary to their goals, it becomes a big disappointment,” says the Tanzanian priest .

Prof. Kitima continues, “As a church, we are disappointed with the bad behavior of individuals, which goes against what we are supposed to build – build a person with good moral character.”

He says Fr. Soka will remain suspended “until the allegations against him are clarified.”

In the first country, Fr. Soka would have sodomized a 12-year-old child; the second charge involved a 13-year-old child, while the third involved a 12-year-old child, The Citizen reported.

The Tanzanian entity also reported that the September 26 court “declared the bond open and requested the defendant to have a guarantor who will sign a bond of 2.5 million shillings (US$1,068.00)” .

Pr. Soka is said to have “met the bail conditions of having two sureties”, reported The Citizen, adding that the case was adjourned to October 18.

A new pastor moves into the Prince of Peace https://obotafumeiro.com/a-new-pastor-moves-into-the-prince-of-peace/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 10:11:22 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/a-new-pastor-moves-into-the-prince-of-peace/

About two years ago Reverend John Fallon, pastor of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, called Reverend Jon Chalmers, who was pastor of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Birmingham, and asked him what he was thinking of coming to Prince of Peace. Peace.

Chalmers said he thought Fallon was “playing with me” because Prince of Peace is the largest Catholic parish in the Birmingham metropolitan area and Holy Rosary is the smallest. But he soon learned that Fallon, who was considering retirement, was serious.

The decision was up to Bishop Steven Raica, but Fallon was chairman of the parish staff council for the Catholic Diocese of Birmingham at the time, and a year later Raica transferred Chalmers to Prince of Peace as associate minister.

In July of this year, when Fallon retired as senior pastor of Prince of Peace, Raica appointed Chalmers to take on the lead role, with Fallon remaining as pastor emeritus to help with tasks such as Mass and visiting the sick.

Chalmers said being at Prince of Peace as an associate for a year before taking on the lead role was good because it gave him a chance to get to know the place, but the move from Birmingham was everything. a change.

The Holy Rosary had a Mass every Sunday, while Prince of Peace, with about 4,000 families, has several thousand people who come to eight Masses every weekend, and that’s a conservative number, Chalmers said.

The two parishes are also very different. Holy Rosary is in Gate City, a low-income area of ​​Birmingham with a history of violence, while Prince of Peace is in a more affluent suburban postcode that is considered much safer.

Holy Rosary is predominantly African American, while Prince of Peace is “phenomenaly diverse” and potentially has a higher Hispanic population than non-Hispanic.

Following in the footsteps of Fallon, who has been at Prince of Peace for 24 years, might be daunting for some priests, especially with Fallon still active there, but Chalmers said the transition was working well.

“I don’t take his place in a meaningful way,” Chalmers said. “He and I both have our respective strengths. We are not in competition with each other. He remains pastor emeritus. He remains a welcoming, grandfather-like sage in the community, and I am very happy that he will continue in this role.

“I have a little more experience in communicating with the community, a little more experience in the administrative side of the house and how we unite program areas,” Chalmers said. “It really is a beautiful partnership.”

Chalmers said he was friends with Fallon and the Reverend Ray Dunmyer, another retired priest who has been attending Prince of Peace for a long time.

“We work well together. Our communication models are really strong,” Chalmers said. “I think Father Fallon – he has the good of this community at heart and is incredibly supportive of me.”

Fallon said he thought Prince of Peace was in great hands with Chalmers because he preached the gospel of Jesus Christ and people had been receptive to him.

Chalmers said they each had different styles of preaching and celebrating Mass, and he certainly didn’t have Fallon’s Irish accent.

“But we are strongly aligned with the idea that a parish should be a welcoming and engaging place for all – that it should be a place where people not only find hope but joy,” Chalmers said. .

They both focus on the concepts of loving God and loving neighbors, he said.


Chalmers is originally from the Pittsburgh area, but has family ties to Birmingham. His great-grandfather left Scotland for the community of Ensley as a 16-year-old bricklayer. His grandfather worked in the steel industry with US Steel and ended up in Pittsburgh, so Chalmers said he kind of came full circle because the land Prince of Peace sits on came from US Steel.

Chalmers finished high school in New Jersey after his mother moved there, and he went to the University of Chicago as an economics major but switched to history. He came to Alabama for what was supposed to be a brief stint to research an employment law case and eventually transferred to the University of Alabama, where he graduated in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in labor studies. work.

As an undergraduate, he became involved with the Student Coalition for Community Health and the university’s Rural Services Research Program, working to address health issues in rural Alabama. . Much of their work was to use schools to improve the health and wealth of communities, he said. When the program director retired, Chalmers was hired to replace him.

Chalmers later earned a master’s degree from Harvard University School of Education and married, but his first wife died at age 30 after battling cancer for a year and a half, he said. He met his second wife, Margaret, in 2003, and they married in 2004.

Raised as an Episcopalian, Chalmers said he was intrigued by the intersection of social outreach work with theology and decided to seek ordination as an Episcopal priest. He quit his job and graduated from Yale Divinity School in 2007.

He was chaplain to the Episcopal campus in Alabama for two years, then served as associate minister for missions and evangelism at an Episcopal church in Greenville, South Carolina. He focused a lot on a project in Haiti to integrate a vocational school into the work of the medical mission.

Chalmers worked on the Haiti Project for three years and, after digging deeper and deeper into Catholic theology, decided to seek ordination as a Catholic priest.

Because he was already married, he had to request a dispensation from the obligation of celibacy from Pope Benedict XVI. He got it and was ordained in 2012.

He worked for a Catholic health care system in South Carolina for four years, dealing with clinical bioethical issues, before becoming president of Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic School in Birmingham.

Chalmers remained at Cristo Rey until 2021, when he transferred to Prince of Peace and was concurrently named Executive Vice President of John Carroll Catholic High School, handling finance, strategic planning , alumni development and engagement.

He now spends part of his time at Prince of Peace and part at John Carroll. He also oversees the K-8 Prince of Peace Catholic School.

Kelly Doss, who is business manager of operations for Prince of Peace Parish and president of Prince of Peace Catholic School, said he was extremely excited about working with Chalmers.

His past work with nonprofits and schools makes him an ideal candidate for Prince of Peace, Doss said. He really understands the business side of things, and having him as an associate minister for a year made the transition to senior pastor easier, Doss said.

“He’s had a year to figure out how the church works and who the players are,” Doss said. And now Chalmers has a chance to put his own unique signature on operations, he said.

Chalmers said some people are surprised to find out he is married and a “small handful” of people are expressing skepticism that most people are saying it must be OK if the pope and bishop approved it.

Although he is the only married priest in the Diocese of Birmingham (which covers the upper two-thirds of Alabama), there are at least three married Catholic priests in the Diocese of Mobile and about 250 nationwide, a- he declared.

Marsha Hernandez, a member of Prince of Peace for eight years, said she thinks it gives Chalmers a unique perspective that most priests don’t have. “I feel like from personal experience it helps him understand a lot of our situations better,” she said.

He also speaks very freely about his personal experiences of pain and grief, she said. “I feel like he speaks from his heart.”

It’s also clear he’s very well educated, Hernandez said. “His sermons are very theological. You have to really focus and pay attention so you can absorb everything he says.

While many people at Prince of Peace are still getting to know him, she had the opportunity to work in the Holy Rosary pantry with people who know him well, and they were delighted with him, he said. she declared. Her background in fundraising and technology should also help Prince of Peace, she said.

Chalmers said he loved being at Prince of Peace. “As Catholic parishes go, it’s flourishing and complex,” he said. He wants to continue the rich liturgical and worship life of the church and continue to ask more questions about how Prince of Peace can show love to his neighbors, he said.

At Mass for World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Bishop Dorsonville calls for solidarity with people fleeing their country – Catholic Standard https://obotafumeiro.com/at-mass-for-world-day-of-migrants-and-refugees-bishop-dorsonville-calls-for-solidarity-with-people-fleeing-their-country-catholic-standard/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 02:34:03 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/at-mass-for-world-day-of-migrants-and-refugees-bishop-dorsonville-calls-for-solidarity-with-people-fleeing-their-country-catholic-standard/

During a Sept. 25 Mass at St. Matthew the Apostle Cathedral marking the 108th World Day for Migrants and Refugees, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington Mario Dorsonville – chairman of the United Nations Catholic Bishops’ Conference Committee on Migration United States – appealed for solidarity, understanding and assistance to people who move and arrive in this country after being forced to flee their homeland as a result of wars, devastation by natural disasters , social violence and trafficking in human beings by criminal organizations.

Celebrating Mass, Metropolitan Archbishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia; Msgr. John Enzler, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington; and Msgr. Ronald Jameson, rector of the cathedral.

“We are all witnesses to the harsh realities faced by people coming to this country in their search for peace and an opportunity to live in dignity for themselves and their families. It is time to act out of love and in accordance with the teachings of the Gospel as Pope Francis has said. He urges us to commit to building a future that embraces God’s purpose, so that no one is left behind,” Bishop Dorsonville said in his homily.

Auxiliary Bishop of Washington Mario Dorsonville — chairman of the Committee on Migration of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops — speaks during the mass for the 108th World Day for Migrants and Refugees September 25, 2022 at the cathedral St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, DC (Photo CS/Javier Diaz)

He also stressed that all Christians are called to be instruments of peace and that showing solidarity with refugee families allows us to live in brotherhood.

“We cannot remain silent in the face of the drama that millions of people around the world are living. Let us seize this opportunity to accompany those who come to seek refuge with our actions and prayers and help those who are eager to start a new life in peace,” Bishop Dorsonville said.

The bishop said that when Pope Francis calls for “building the future with migrants and refugees”, he means that people must do their part to build a just and humane society where migrants and refugees are the welcome.

People pray during mass for the 108th World Day for Migrants and Refugees on September 25, 2022 at St. Matthew the Apostle Cathedral in Washington, DC (CS Photo/Javier Diaz)

Before the end of the Mass, Archbishop Gudziak offered a reflection on the disastrous situation that millions of Ukrainian citizens are going through as a result of the war with Russia, pointing out that too many people have lost their lives and that many more have had to seek refuge in friendly countries.

“On behalf of my country, I thank you all for your prayers, your humanitarian assistance and the solidarity shown by the Ukrainians who came to the United States. Here in Washington, we have all witnessed the many stories of refugees, who find here a chance to move forward. Let us always defend the dignity of migrants. Let us continue to pray for refugees around the world,” Archbishop Gudziak stressed.

He also had words of comfort for people in Puerto Rico, Haiti and several Caribbean islands that have recently been ravaged by hurricanes and flooding.

Metropolitan Archbishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia and Auxiliary Bishop of Washington Mario Dorsonville exchange the sign of peace during a Sept. 25 mass at St. Matthew’s Cathedral for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees refugees. (Photo CS/Javier Diaz)

Msgr. Jameson expressed his gratitude to Ambassadors Francisco Campbell of Nicaragua and Alfonso Quiñones of Guatemala, as well as representatives of the consulates of Peru, Argentina and Honduras for attending Mass on behalf of their respective countries.

“I am grateful for the presence of diplomatic envoys at this Mass to commemorate the 108th World Day for Migrants and Refugees. St. Matthew Apostle Cathedral has its doors always open to welcome those who seek refuge and comfort within the Mother Church,” said Msgr. said Jameson.

Guatemalan Ambassador Quiñones and his wife Gabriela del Rosario Palacios Labbe, representing the Hispanic diplomatic corps accredited to Washington, were designated to carry the offering gifts during the mass.

Washington Auxiliary Bishop Mario Dorsonville receives offerings during Mass Sept. 25 at St. Matthew’s Cathedral for World Migrants and Refugees Day. (Photo CS/Javier Diaz)

Many families, especially from Latin America and Africa, were present at the cathedral to attend the special mass for the refugees.

After celebrating Mass Sept. 25 at St. Matthew’s Cathedral for World Day for Migrants and Refugees, Washington Auxiliary Bishop Mario Dorsonville greets family members who attended Mass. (CS photo/Javier Diaz)

(Miguel Vivanco is associate editor of the Spanish-language newspaper El Pregonero and of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington’s website, and this article for El Pregonero has been translated into English for the Archdiocese’s Catholic Standard website.)

King Charles should keep talking about global warming | earth beat https://obotafumeiro.com/king-charles-should-keep-talking-about-global-warming-earth-beat/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 08:53:49 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/king-charles-should-keep-talking-about-global-warming-earth-beat/

Everyone agrees that Queen Elizabeth II is a tough act to follow. As a constitutional monarch who united her kingdom without ever making a political statement, let alone a partisan one, she stood above politics as a symbol of the best of British values ​​and character.

King Charles III takes the crown as an old man who has spoken out on issues ranging from urban architecture to the environment and global warming. His personal life also carries heavy baggage: some will never forgive him for his treatment of Princess Diana.

Given this history, he should resist those advisers who want to force him into his mother’s mold. He is not his mother and never will be. He must find his own way. He must recognize his flaws and build on his strengths.

One of its strengths is the aforementioned commitment to the environment. Long before it became fashionable, Charles denounced the plastic pollution of the oceans. He was also ahead of other world leaders in warning about global warming.

As early as 1970, Charles warned of “the horrifying effects of pollution in all its cancerous forms” and highlighted the problem of “indestructible plastic containers”. He took up the challenge of climate change long before anyone else.

“We are destroying the chances of future generations at a rapid rate,” he said, “by failing to recognize the damage we are causing to the natural environment, bearing in mind that this is the only planet that we know has life on it.”

Unlike many, he takes seriously what scientists say about the effects of climate change. “It is disconcerting,” he said, “that in our modern world we have such blind faith in science and technology that we all accept what science tells us about everything – until it’s about climate science.”

At first, critics mocked him for these concerns, but he was never afraid to speak hard truths. “There’s not much we can do now to stop the ice from disappearing from the North Pole in the summer,” he said. “And we probably can’t prevent the melting of permafrost and the resulting release of methane. Also, I’m afraid we’re too late to help the oceans maintain their ability to absorb carbon dioxide.”

At last year’s COP26 meeting in Scotland, he warned: “The scale and scope of the threat we face calls for a global systems-level solution based on the radical transformation of our current economy based on on fossil fuels into a truly renewable and sustainable economy. “

He urged countries “to come together to create the environment that enables every industry sector to take the necessary action. We know it will take trillions, not billions of dollars.”

For most of her reign, Queen Elizabeth would never have uttered those words, which would have sounded too political. But even she at COP26 spoke out forcefully, saying that “the time for words has now passed to the time for action”. Although she only spoke decades after her son, her words at COP26 may have given Charles the green light to continue his advocacy on global warming. Hope.

It’s true that as king, Charles will have to be careful what he says. His surest strategy is to be a spokesperson for science and the need for action, and to let others decide specific policies. But it can act as a convener of scientists and other experts to develop solutions to global warming.

In these efforts, he would find a willing ally in Pope Francis and other religious leaders who recognize global warming as the moral issue of the 21st century. Like the king, religious leaders are not in a position to make political choices about what should be done, but they have the right and the obligation to demand action now before it is too late.

Return announcement: September 30, 2022 https://obotafumeiro.com/return-announcement-september-30-2022/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 10:39:16 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/return-announcement-september-30-2022/


50 years ago — September 29, 1972

STORY TIME – Sister Visitacion de Austria, OP, is surrounded by some of the kindergarten children as she reads them a story.

Dominican Sisters Now Staff of the Immaculate Conception in Lihue, Kauai

The nuns are new to Immaculate Conception School. This is their first year in Hawaii and they have committed themselves with religious dedication to teaching the student body of 107 children. The nuns are Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena. This community was founded by Venerable Francisca del Spiritu Santo in Intramuros Manila on July 26, 1696. Their purpose is service to God and Humanity. Currently, there are approximately 400 members in the community. They have two convents located outside the Philippines, one in San Francisco and one in Lihue, Kauai.

25 years ago — October 3, 1997

A welcome pack

Bishop DiLorenzo published this week in the Hawaii Catholic Herald, “The Welcoming Parish,” a document he intends to serve as a model for parish life in Hawaii.

The document, subtitled “A Pastoral Vision for the Diocese of Honolulu,” uses theological principles and practical goals to outline the duties and obligations of a good parish.

10 years ago — September 28, 2012

Year of Faith Opens in Hawaii with Mass at Co-Cathedral

The Year of Faith declared by Pope Benedict XVI will officially open in Hawaii on October 9 with a 7 p.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Larry Silva at St. Theresa of Kalihi-Palama Co-Cathedral.

In his announcement a year ago, the pope described the special year – October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013 – as a “call to authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the only Savior of the world.”

The other islands also have masses inaugurating the year of faith. …

Bishop Silva also convened a Year of Faith committee, led by Deacon Modesto Cordero, to develop ways in which the diocese will commemorate the year. He plans to publish a resource guide for the diocese and parishes.

Two books examine the black Catholic experience from different angles https://obotafumeiro.com/two-books-examine-the-black-catholic-experience-from-different-angles/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 14:47:22 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/two-books-examine-the-black-catholic-experience-from-different-angles/

Catherine Finley
Catholic Press Service

“Subversive Habits: Black Catholic Nuns in the Long Fight for African American Freedom” by Shannen Dee Williams. Duke University Press (Durham, NC, 2022). 424 pages, $29.95.

“Fat Luther, Slim Pickin’s: A Black Catholic Celebration of Faith, Tradition, and Diversity” by Marcia Lane-McGee and Shannon Wimp Schmidt. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2022). 192 pages, $17.95.

In Catholic books, an African-American perspective is usually absent; these two books attempt to fill this important gap in different and complementary ways.

In “Subversive Habits,” historian Williams has delivered a remarkable piece of scholarship, which may be distressing to many readers because it dispels any doubt about the racist character of the American Catholic Church from its very beginnings.

This, unfortunately, includes the key roles the nuns played in building the church.

Williams writes, “Few thought about what it meant that most of the sisters ministering in the United States before 1850, including the country’s first saints and candidates for sainthood, were slave owners or people who relied on the brutal labor, sale and mistreatment of slaves. the people – and the economic benefits of whiteness and racial segregation – to establish and secure the financial future of their orders and famous social service institutions.

As she traces the hidden history of black sisters, she admits that the only black nun she ever saw personally was the fictional character Whoopi Goldberg in the movie “Sister Act.” So was her mother, both lifelong African-American Catholics.

Williams, a columnist for the Catholic News Service, tells story after story of the institutional and personal barriers to pursuing religious vocations for African-American women who, in many cases, were of mixed race due to their white fathers’ unions with men. black women.

Most white religious communities refused to accept black candidates unless they could “pass” as white – and in several cases when women in positions of authority later turned out to be black or mixed-race, they have been largely erased from the community. archives.

Due to a lack of acceptance by white religious communities, several black religious orders were founded in the South, primarily to serve in black schools and health care facilities, although many priests saw them as a ” profanation of the habit”.

In at least one case, a black religious community was not allowed to wear the habit in its early years so as not to elicit more communal opposition than necessary. Some women of color who wanted to enter religious life fled to Canada or elsewhere to be able to live their vocation serenely.

Even the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, established by Saint Katharine Drexel specifically to care for Native Americans and blacks, refused to admit African American or Native American sisters into her novitiate for many years.

In 1903, a Belgian priest ministering in Virginia complained to Rome about white religious communities. “In every convent of nuns, a girl with a little black blood in her veins is immediately rejected. It doesn’t matter if she’s educated, pious, pure, and truly Catholic, as long as she looks nigger or there’s the slightest hint of color.

Even after World War II, black women still had to struggle to be accepted into religious life, although their struggle was aided somewhat by the prospects of Vatican II and the civil rights movement.

In 1989, when Sister Thea Bowman, one of the best-known African-American nuns and then dying of cancer, addressed the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, she observed that most of those who minister in the black community are not black and “do not feel an obligation to learn or understand black history or spirituality, culture or life – black tradition or ritual.

As Williams makes clear, in the face of nearly impossible odds, black nuns have made impressive contributions to the church they love. “In the long absence of an empowered African-American clergy, black sisters have been the most authentic and effective leaders of the African-American community. …

“As educational and moral leaders, African American sisters instilled racial pride, molded community servants, and most importantly taught that racism and sexism had no place in the church – long before bishops and others did so collectively.”

The book “Fat Luther, Slim Pickin’s” shifts our focus from dedicated nuns to the laity and a folkloric look at daily life in black Catholic homes.

Authors Lane-McGee and Schmidt give the reader an informative insight into what the celebration of faith looks like to them, based loosely on the liturgical year, although the Ordinary Time section seems to be in an odd order.

The authors also have a podcast, “Plaid Skirts and Basic Black,” and provide a helpful multi-ethnic view of the Catholic experience, though there may be too many jokes for those who may not have listened to them.

They describe their goal: “As black women, we believe that there is a place for everyone at the proverbial table, and if there are not enough seats, we bring another chair.

“This journey through the liturgical year is intended to create additional space at this table for others to learn. In particular, we are here to sit down with our fellow Catholics from all walks of life to help us all better understand our culture, our faith and our hope.

“Fat Luther” explores several useful topics from black culture and history, such as appreciation versus appropriation, soul food, black hair, the black church, even code-switching and colorism.

Each season includes a companion, such as Saint-Martin de Porres, and a sweet sense of humor at times. “And here’s the thing: the Holy Spirit doesn’t care that your Advent wreath is made out of four tiny birthday candles you found in the bottom of a drawer. The Spirit will come as long as you make room.

Grab a chair and make yourself at home.

Also interesting: “Race and Rhyme: Rereading the New Testament” by Love Lazarus Sechrest. Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing (Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2022). 414 pages, $39.99.

Finley is the author of several books on practical spirituality, including “The Liturgy of Motherhood: Moments of Grace” and “Savoring God: Praying With All Our Senses,” and previously taught in the religious studies department at the University Gonzaga.

Syracuse Church welcomes members of the LGBTQ community https://obotafumeiro.com/syracuse-church-welcomes-members-of-the-lgbtq-community/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 00:52:00 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/syracuse-church-welcomes-members-of-the-lgbtq-community/

A Syracuse priest makes sure everyone who walks through the doors of his parish feels welcome.

Father Fred Daley leads worship at All Saints Church, where he goes out of his way to ensure members of the area’s LGBTQ+ community have a safe and welcoming place of worship.

The church is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse. Father Daley and the church’s LGBTQ task force are opening the doors of the congregation to all, while challenging what they call the ignorance of other Catholics who question their right to be part of the church and cry out what they say is a tendency to allow the interpretation of Scripture to evolve on some social issues, but not on others.

“Jesus loves each person and everyone unconditionally, and called his followers to certainly live that way,” Daley said.

Daley, himself an openly gay priest, and members of the LGBTQ task force at All Saints said they had no doubt the love of Jesus Christ was with them.

“He had a special fondness for those who are perceived as outsiders,” Daley said.

For many members of the group, like Toni Guidice of Syracuse, this understanding of the general teachings of Jesus Christ is the basis of their faith.

“God kissed lepers, he ate with sinners. Everyone, he accepts everyone. It’s not a crazy extension to believe that God loves gay people,” she said.

Regarding the six verses that Daley says are often used to “crush people”, as he said he insists they were written at a time when the idea of ​​individual sexual orientation was not understood, and criticizes those on these verses while allowing the interpretation of Scripture to evolve when it comes to other passages.

“All major Christian scripture scholars, including Catholic scripture scholars on the continent, make it very clear that none of these six passages say anything about sexual orientation as we understand it today,” Daley said, pointing out that the idea of ​​individual sexual orientation did not exist at the time the passages were written.

“And yet we continue to use these passages to exclude people, hurt people and chase them away,” he said.

Daley also pointed out that he does not consider it appropriate to compare loving someone of the same sex to what he calls more harmful biblical transgressions, such as adultery.

Jeff Wright, also from Syracuse and a member of the LGBTQ task force, said that through interactions with others, slowly, he can see reliance on these passages as a means of discrimination being reduced.

“How quickly the stigma can go away that they’ve grown up or been taught by society or by religion, and that’s what keeps me going sometimes,” he said. “One of the biggest things that’s happened is more people have come out and said, ‘Oh I didn’t know you were gay and I like you,'” Guidice added.

Pastoral associate Meg Kasander said by letting go of some of the most divisive interpretations of scripture, as a congregation, they feel it brings them closer to the heart of the teachings of Jesus Christ.

“By honoring our diversity and inclusiveness here at All Saints, we become more capable of pursuing God’s mission in terms of outreach,” she said.

For Chrispin Ojwang, who said such a level of tolerance was hard to find in his native Kenya, it was part of what drew him to the church.

“I think a church like All Saints who is welcoming to everyone, who will accept everyone, makes a lot of sense to me because then it makes it easier to understand or explain to anyone then that everyone can be accepted by God,” he said. said.

Daley said that was exactly his vision for the parish.

“All who walk through those doors and become involved in the parish bring gifts, talents and faith that make us all more faithful to the gospel,” he said.

The church is also known for its extensive advocacy work, helping refugees within the community.

The Diocese of Syracuse has not commented on this story.

Cardinal Celebrates Mass Marking 60th Anniversary of St. Mary’s School in Piscataway – Catholic Standard https://obotafumeiro.com/cardinal-celebrates-mass-marking-60th-anniversary-of-st-marys-school-in-piscataway-catholic-standard/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 16:46:49 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/cardinal-celebrates-mass-marking-60th-anniversary-of-st-marys-school-in-piscataway-catholic-standard/

According to Washington Cardinal Wilton Gregory, he wears his red vestments – following the recommendation of Pope Francis – when he dresses for certain special events. On September 16, he donned his red robe for the 60th anniversary mass at St. Mary’s School in Piscataway and spoke to students about the importance for Catholics to remember the sacrifice the martyrs made for the faith .

About 200 students from kindergarten through eighth grade attended the Mass celebrated by Cardinal Gregory.

During September 16, 60e Anniversary Mass for St. Mary’s School in Piscataway, sixth grader Laylah Parker leads students in the Responsorial Psalm prayer. (Photo of St. Mary’s School in Piscataway by Maria Birmingham)

During his homily, the cardinal explained that he was dressed in red vestments to commemorate the feast of Saint Cornelius and Saint Cyprian.

“A pope and a bishop, [St. Cornelius and Cyprian] turned out to be friends,” Cardinal Gregory said. “I’m lucky to know Pope Francis, and I’d even be bold enough to say we’re friends, and when he made me cardinal, he told me I had to wear red when I dressed really, not just on martyrdom days.

Saint Cornelius and Saint Cyprian were third-century Christians who lived through Emperor Decius, whose orders were to have all Christians killed if they did not apostatize from their faith.

“Red is the color of martyrs, it is the color of blood, and St. Cornelius and St. Cyprian both shed their blood as martyrs of the faith,” Cardinal Gregory said.

The cardinal went on to explain how many Catholics are not required to put their lives on the line to demonstrate their faith in a life or death situation. He noted, “Our belief in Jesus Christ risen from the dead is so important that we would be willing to lay down our lives for that faith, but most of us have to live out our faith in ordinary ways, by being good students, by being good, dedicated teachers, by being good, dedicated parents and grandparents every day.

During his homily at Mass on September 16 for the 60e anniversary of St. Mary’s of Piscataway, Cardinal Gregory spoke to the students about the sacrifices made by the martyrs for the Church. (Photo of St. Mary’s School in Piscataway by Maria Birmingham)

Cardinal Gregory went on to explain how Saint Cornelius and Saint Cyprian were concerned with the unity of the Church and how the Church is most successful when presented as a united front.

After Communion, Cardinal Gregory blessed the students.

After celebrating a Mass on September 16 marking the 60e anniversary of St. Mary’s School in Piscataway, Cardinal Gregory blesses eighth grader Xavier Wolfolk. (Photo of St. Mary’s School in Piscataway by Maria Birmingham)

Lynsie Reavis, principal of St. Mary’s School in Piscataway, said there is much to look forward to in the school’s 60th year as it continues to grow and focus on expanding its programs.

“We split our pre-K this year, so now we have a pre-K3 room and a pre-K4 room, which is quite large, and it’s the largest we’ve been I think since I been here for the past 14 years,” Reavis said, noting that the school now has 204 students. “So just to see more smiling faces and more families coming to St. Mary’s, so that’s going to be our big stuff this year.”

Kameron Taamu and Brayden Harrison, sixth-grade students at St. Mary’s School in Piscataway, prepare to present offering gifts during a Sept. 16 Mass officiated by Cardinal Gregory marking the school’s 60e anniversary. (Photo of St. Mary’s School in Piscataway by Maria Birmingham)

Reavis said the school celebrates 60 years with one event per month. The Cardinal’s Mass was the September event, and in October they will host their annual Fall Family Festival.

“[St. Mary’s] is a family, it’s a home, so everyone knows each other, and I’m really excited for this year of growth,” said Reavis.

Do not engage in activities that could threaten the unity of Nigeria, Abiodun urges Nigerians https://obotafumeiro.com/do-not-engage-in-activities-that-could-threaten-the-unity-of-nigeria-abiodun-urges-nigerians/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 10:19:28 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/do-not-engage-in-activities-that-could-threaten-the-unity-of-nigeria-abiodun-urges-nigerians/
Ogun State Service Chief, Dr. Nofiu Aigoro (left); Chief Justice, Mosunmola Dipeolu; Deputy Governor, Noimot Salako-Oyedele; Bishop of Egba Diocese, Rt. Rev. (Dr) Emmanuel Adekunle; Supreme Ruler of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi and Secretary of State Government (SSG); Tokunbo Talabi, during a special church service to mark the 62nd anniversary of Nigeria’s independence at St. Peter’s Cathedral Church, Ake, Abeokuta

Sep. 26 (THEWILL) – Ahead of the 2023 general election, Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has called on Nigerians not to engage in actions that could threaten peace and unity in the conduct of the ballot.

Abiodun, who was represented by his deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, revealed during the 62nd Independence Anniversary religious service held at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Ake, Abeokuta,

He stressed the need for continued peaceful co-existence among Nigerians for the socio-economic and political development of the country.

The Governor acknowledged the anxiety expressed by Nigerians whenever general elections approach, noting that an average citizen fears that they will always threaten the unity of the country.

He therefore requested the cooperation of all Nigerians to preserve the unity of the country.

Abiodun said the upcoming Independence Day celebration is an opportunity to reflect on the hopes and aspirations of the nation, adding that this period would also allow citizens to understand why they must continue moving forward with unity.

He said, “The celebration of our national identity is the celebration of the unity of Nigeria, the security of its people and the realization of individual aspirations.

“In Ogun State, we have built a harmonious society where different ethnic and religious groups live together in peace, run their businesses and raise their families. In fact, in Ogun State, we have multi-generational families who call our state home and conduct their business fearlessly.

“In Ogun State, there are intermarriages between our citizens and others across the country. We believe this is what Nigeria should be. We are setting an example for other regions from the country.

The Governor revealed that his administration over the past three and a half years has continued to develop the state by ensuring a peaceful environment for economic development which has attracted more investors and people to the state.

He felt that his government would not promise what it would not keep, saying that with the support of the people, all the promises made during the 2019 campaigns would be kept.

He, however, called on Nigerians to be their brother’s keepers and refrain from harming each other, saying that “this act of love and care will bring about lasting peace and help build a nation which all Nigerians will be proud”.

In his sermon, the Diocesan Bishop of Awori, Rt. (Revd.) Johnson Akin Atere, expressed his dismay that Nigeria, once the giant of Africa, is now begging for bread, saying disobedience, oppression, impiety and hatred on the part of individuals, families and governments are some of the sins that have brought the country to its knees.