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LABOR DAY 2018:
Sadly, in our times too many people are excluded, marginalized, and politically and economically disenfranchised. The struggle of working people, of the poor, as Pope Francis reminds us, is not first a "social or political question. No! It is the Gospel, pure and simple."
-- Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops • September 3, 2018
For Labor Day 2018, USCCB offers reflection on Sunday September 2 Scriptures: CLICK HERE
The NFPC is sharing news of an effort to send priests to the border. CLICK HERE
Vigano, McCarrick, Pope Francis -- Selected reflections:
Listen to survivors: CLICK HERE for an article in America
Say NO to the Nebraska execution
Pope Francis revises the Catechism . . .
Pope: Death Penaly 'Inadmissible'
NEW August 4, 2018: New York Times editorial on Pope Francis - Death Penalty statement
NEW August 2, 2018: NCR reports: Pope Francis revises Catechism: Death Penalty is "inadmissible"
NEW August 2, 2018: New York Times reports: Death Penalty Unacceptable in All Cases
AUSCP stands against Death Penalty: READ HERE what AUSCP has said and what we all can d
Kentucky Catholics Against Death Penalty welcome statement of Pope Francis: READ Louisville Courier Journal HERE
RECLAIMING JESUS: CLICK HERE
LINK July 31, 2018: Voice of the Faithful welcomes transparency
ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF ALBUQUERQUE
VIDEO (Courtesy of Dan Morris-Young): Father James Wysocki reflects on the Albuquerque Assembly
Assembly approves goals for AUSCP. CLICK HERE for the story.
RESOLUTIONS PASSED: Eight resolutions were brought to the floor for the members of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests to consider. The issues included “Separating Children at the Border” and “Pastoral Ministry to LGBT People.” The purpose of a resolution is to give direction to the AUSCP leadership team, which in turn will develop a public statement, and to determine how and when the statement will be made public. According to assembly rules, a resolution needs at least 67 percent of the members’ votes for approval. All eight resolutions were approved in the voting June 27.
The resolutions included Border separation of families; LGBT ministry; Gospel Non-Violence and Gun Control; Support of Parkland students’ initiative; Better translation of texts for Mass and sacraments; Continued support for exploration of ordaining married men; Just Handling of Church Pension Plans; and the Importance of Dialogue in the Life of the Church.
PRIESTLY FORMATION: The 2018 Assembly gives renewed approval to push forward toward Priestly Formation. CLICK HERE to read the earlier report and the letter that accompanied it to a member of the USCCB.
U.S. BISHOPS: Trump border policies are immoral. READ HERE from the Washington Post
A DENIAL OF OUR HERITAGE A decision to deny appeals for asylum in the United States based on claims of domestic abuse or gang violence has been deplored by Catholic leaders from coast to coast. San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy called a ruling by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reject such claims “a denial of our heritage.” CLICK HERE TO READ THE STORY IN AMERICA. Then join the AUSCP Assembly in Albuquerque to hear Bishop McElroy's keynote address!
DID YOU KNOW? Father Richard Rohr, one of our three keynoters at the Albuquerque Assembly June 25-28, offers a daily meditation from his Center for Action and Contemplation. HERE IS A LINK to sign up for it.
DID YOU KNOW: Some lesser-cost options are available for the 2018 Assembly CLICK HERE to go to 2018 ASSEMBLY PAGE for details of special offers
Assembly presider, Archbishop John C. Wester: “In many ways, bishops have tried every avenue to defend immigrants and it hasn’t worked. You still see these mass deportations. As I think about it there are situations where [civil disobedience] may become more likely.” Wester and Lexington Bishop Stowe share their thoughts on Traditional Disobedience.
Let's review the translation!
CLICK HERE for comments from Archbishop Wilton Gregory about the new Missal translation. Latest in America Magazine.
• To fix “problematic” sections that fail to “bring the entire church together.”
“Let’s have a review,” [Archbishop Gregory said]. adding that while he does not think U.S. bishops “have the stomach to start from ground zero,” he thinks a consultation with priests and laity “would be helpful.”
Preparing for Civil Disobedience
in support of DREAMers
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From the AUSCP: UPDATE: 3 priests now murdered in the Philippines.
A statement of sadness and support
on the occasion of the murder of a priest
• May 3, 2018 •
Words fail us, even in our prayers, when we learn again and again about a priest murdered in Mexico or in Nigeria or in any nation of the world. On this day, May 3, as our Church celebrates the feast of St Philip and St. James, Apostles and Martyrs, we remember too the recent death of a priest in Mexico and others who have died in witness of our faith.
When we hear of the death of a brother or a sister in ministry far away, we as priests in the United States may be confounded with sadness at the reality beyond our capability of making a difference. When our own words fail us, a prayer comes to mind provoked by the murder of one of our own in Guatemala, Blessed Stanley Rother, an Oklahoma diocesan priest. He could have gone home to safety, but he was a shepherd who would not leave his flock.
Whatever we face in opposition to our faith, whether it may be a threat to our comfort or even to life itself, we remember Blessed Stanley. The prayer, composed following his beatification, includes these words addressed to the martyred parish pastor:
“You became a sign of love of Christ the Good Shepherd for your people, and blessed their lives by your ministry. You stood firm and did not run from danger.”
The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests encourages U.S. priests and parishes to pray for martyred priests and church workers throughout the world. May each of us stand firm and be "a sign of Christ's love among his people.”