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READ the Resolutions to Action, for the midterm elections, from LCWR.

LABOR DAY 2018: 

CLICK HERE FOR THE STATEMENT FROM THE U.S. BISHOPS

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

AUSCP's Bob Bonnet adds his thoughts: CLICK HERE for the article (in La Croix, in French) or CLICK HERE to read a Google machine translation of the article in La Croix.

Say NO to the Nebraska execution

Pope Francis revises the Catechism . . .

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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.

CLICK HERE for updates from respected publications about issues of importance to AUSCP members! Or click on NEWS in the menu at the top.

 

CLICK HERE: Separating families is a cruel means to a cruel end, from America magazine

"We have lost our moral compass." Kevin Clarke. READ IT HERE

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No time to lose

CLICK HERE to read a Blog from Tony Magliano: The Pope, Big Oil, and the poor of the world.

CLICK HERE to go to "Our Common Home" -- an initiative of the AUSCP, in response to Laudato Si'

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.

READ HERE what Bishop Stowe and Archbishop Wester are saying in Commonweal.

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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.”

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Read it here!

CLICK HERE for the latest news from Catholic News Service. Follow the CNS menu for Vatican News, Movie Reviews, and Origins


 Members of the AUSCP and the Catholic Climate Covenant create weekly homily helps. They break open the Sunday Scriptures, drawing on Catholic social teaching and care for creation. HOMILY HELPS from Scripture and  Laudato Si' —   CLICK FOR ENGLISH  or  CLICK HERE FOR SPANISH

Members of the AUSCP and the Catholic Climate Covenant create weekly homily helps. They break open the Sunday Scriptures, drawing on Catholic social teaching and care for creation. HOMILY HELPS from Scripture and Laudato Si' — CLICK FOR ENGLISH or CLICK HERE FOR SPANISH

WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

FutureChurch

Voice of the Faithful

Sojourners

 

 

Preparing for Civil Disobedience
in support of DREAMers

 February 27: Father Bernard Survil, AUSCP member from the Diocese of Greensburg, with Sister Marie Lucey OSF and Patrick Carolan, prepare the Catholic Day of Action for Dreamers, in Washington, D.C. Sister Marie Lucey is the associate director of the Franciscan Action Network; Patrick Carolan is the executive director. Thirty-six women and 10 men, including Father Survil, were arrested for acts of civil disobedience, while supporting the call for clean DACA legislation including a path to citizenship.  PREVIOUSLY POSTED  February 21: AUSCP urges "fast" and "phone" effort, personal and public action in support of Dreamers.  See the news release HERE.   U.S. Priests support Father Gary Graf, fasting for DACA.  CLICK HERE for news release .   CLICK HERE for Chicago Tribune profile of Father Gary Graf.

February 27: Father Bernard Survil, AUSCP member from the Diocese of Greensburg, with Sister Marie Lucey OSF and Patrick Carolan, prepare the Catholic Day of Action for Dreamers, in Washington, D.C. Sister Marie Lucey is the associate director of the Franciscan Action Network; Patrick Carolan is the executive director. Thirty-six women and 10 men, including Father Survil, were arrested for acts of civil disobedience, while supporting the call for clean DACA legislation including a path to citizenship.

PREVIOUSLY POSTED

February 21: AUSCP urges "fast" and "phone" effort, personal and public action in support of Dreamers. See the news release HERE.

U.S. Priests support Father Gary Graf, fasting for DACA. CLICK HERE for news release.

CLICK HERE for Chicago Tribune profile of Father Gary Graf.

Recent News

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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.”