What’s new today (August 22): Tony Magliano, No back to school fun for child laborers

What’s new today (August 21): Michael Sean Winters, on the Pell verdict

The tragedy of abuse is cancerous, and it affects not only the victim, not only other priests who do not abuse children, not only the entire Body of Christ, but it seems obvious to me that the perpetrator is always himself a sad and sick person, to be pitied as much as punished.

ASSEMBLY 2020: Next year Baltimore-Washington, at the Maritime Conference Center • Our Catholic Faith in the Political World Click HERE

Recap 2019 St. Louis Assembly: God’s Priestly People: The Baptized and the Ordained

• 2019 Prayerful Beginning

• 2019 Text of Cardinal Cupich Keynote

• 2019 Video of Richard Gaillardetz Keynote

• 2019 Video of Sister Norma Pimentel Keynote

AUSCP Leadership: Front row, from left, Greg Barras, Diocese of Biloxi, Chair; Ray Cole, Diocese of Metuchen; Bill Spilly, Diocese of Rochester, Vice Chair; Jim Kiesel, Archdiocese of Baltimore, completing two terms; Stephen Newton, Congregation of the Holy Cross, Notre Dame; Michael Bausch, Diocese of Rochester; Louis Arceneaux, Congregation of the Mission, New Orleans, Secretary; Aiden McAleenan, Diocese of Oakland; top row, Bob Bonnot, Diocese of Youngstown, Executive Director; Peter Daly, Archdiocese of Washington,DC; Kevin Clinton, Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, Chair Emeritus; Tulio Ramiez, Yarumal Missionaries, Bronx; Andy Switzer, Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. Not in picture, Lee Bacchi, Diocese of Joliet, Treasurer.

AUSCP Leadership: Front row, from left, Greg Barras, Diocese of Biloxi, Chair; Ray Cole, Diocese of Metuchen; Bill Spilly, Diocese of Rochester, Vice Chair; Jim Kiesel, Archdiocese of Baltimore, completing two terms; Stephen Newton, Congregation of the Holy Cross, Notre Dame; Michael Bausch, Diocese of Rochester; Louis Arceneaux, Congregation of the Mission, New Orleans, Secretary; Aiden McAleenan, Diocese of Oakland; top row, Bob Bonnot, Diocese of Youngstown, Executive Director; Peter Daly, Archdiocese of Washington,DC; Kevin Clinton, Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, Chair Emeritus; Tulio Ramiez, Yarumal Missionaries, Bronx; Andy Switzer, Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. Not in picture, Lee Bacchi, Diocese of Joliet, Treasurer.

Ray Cole, Metuchen; Andy Switzer, Steve Newton, newly elected members of the Leadership Team. Not pictured is Louis Arceneaux, who was elected to a second term.

Ray Cole, Metuchen; Andy Switzer, Steve Newton, newly elected members of the Leadership Team. Not pictured is Louis Arceneaux, who was elected to a second term.

Bishop Stowe and Cardinal Cupich meet prior to the Cardinal’s keynote address to the St. Louis Assembly.

Bishop Stowe and Cardinal Cupich meet prior to the Cardinal’s keynote address to the St. Louis Assembly.

Participants in the 2019 Assembly of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests are working Wednesday on six issues identified during the assembly Tuesday.  The issues are: Immigration, Climate Change, Women in the Church, Clericalism, Issues within the Priesthood, and Our Church in the Political World – Preparing the Voice of the AUSCP for our Next Assembly in June.

Participants in the 2019 Assembly of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests are working Wednesday on six issues identified during the assembly Tuesday.

The issues are: Immigration, Climate Change, Women in the Church, Clericalism, Issues within the Priesthood, and Our Church in the Political World – Preparing the Voice of the AUSCP for our Next Assembly in June.

Sister Suzanne guides facilitators who will lead discussions on the six issue selected for AUSCP action

Sister Suzanne guides facilitators who will lead discussions on the six issue selected for AUSCP action

DOCUMENTARY: Salt and Light Television presented The Francis Impact, the documentary sequel to the 2014 film, The Francis Effect. SEE THE TRAILER or for more information CLICK HERE

THANK YOU to DONORS

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Planning for Assembly

Sister Suzanne Giblin, CSJ, and Father Bernard Bob” Bonnot enjoy a light moment during the planning retreat for the St. Louis Assembly. Sister Suzanne will help Assembly participants experience a contemplative dimension following keynote addresses.

keynote speakers and retreat leader

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Cardinal Cupich

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Dr. Gaillardetz

GAILLARDETZ Richard Gaillardetz was a keynote speaker at the first Assembly of the AUSCP, held at St. Leo University in Florida, in 2012. He is an American theologian specializing in questions relating to Catholic ecclesiology and the structures of authority in the Roman Catholic Church. For his dissertation he researched the Theology of the Ordinary Universal Magisterium of Bishops.)

WATCH an interview with Richard Gaillardetz from Boston College Libraries, March 9, 2018.

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Sister Norma Pimentel

PIMENTEL Sister Norma Pimentel is executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley.

READ her interview in LaCroix International January 19, 2019

From the Washington Post: January 11, 2019: Sister Norma wanted to show Trump what it is like at the border. He didn’t care to listen

What did Sister Norma write to the president? READ it HERE

READ a column about her work, “God on the Border,” written by Karen Tumulty for the Washington Post, June 29, 2018. 

READ HERE about May 2018 reception of Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal

Sister Norma Pimentel has an invitation: Come to the border, be part of what we are experiencing. READ the story here


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Retreat Leader: Sebastian Gomes

Sebastian Gomes, a native of Ontario, earned a BA and MA in Theology and History from Saint John’s University and School of Theology in Collegeville, Minnesota. His love of history is evident in his approach to contemporary questions about the Catholic Church and its relationship to the wider society. In particular, Sebastian enjoys studying the enduring legacy of the Second Vatican Council and the writings of the recent Popes from Saint John XXIII to Pope Francis.

At Salt and Light as a producer and host, he has created a number of original series and documentaries including, The Church Alive, that won the 2014 Gabriel Award for best religious television series. He produced The Francis Effect, a widely-acclaimed documentary on how Pope Francis rapidly changed the image of the Catholic Church; and The Birth of the Messiah, an exploration of the infancy narratives in the Gospels using the most up-to-date Catholic biblical and archeological scholarship. 

Gomes produced the new documentary entitled, The Francis Impact, to be shown at the AUSCP Assembly. It is a sequel to The Francis Effect to mark the five-year anniversary of the Pope’s election. The film explores how and where the Pope’s vision has taken root and is effecting real grassroots change.  CLICK HERE for more information

WELCOME TO ST. LOUIS, FROM THE ASSEMBLY PLANNERS Leadership Team members, meeting in St. Louis to prepare for June Assembly: Peter Daly, Archdiocese of Washington, DD; Greg Barras, Diocese of Biloxi; Tulio Ramirez, MXY, New York; Sister Jackie Doepker, executive secretary; Lee Bacchi, Diocese of Joliet; Kevin Clinton, Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis; Bill Spilly, Diocese of Rochester; Louis Arceneaux, CM, New Orleans; Aidan McAleenan, Diocese of Oakland; Bob Bonnot, Diocese of Youngstown. Not present: Michael Bausch, Diocese of Rochester; Jim Kiesel, Archdiocese of Baltimore; Clarence Williams, CPPS, National Black Catholic Clergy Conference.

WELCOME TO ST. LOUIS, FROM THE ASSEMBLY PLANNERS
Leadership Team members, meeting in St. Louis to prepare for June Assembly: Peter Daly, Archdiocese of Washington, DD; Greg Barras, Diocese of Biloxi; Tulio Ramirez, MXY, New York; Sister Jackie Doepker, executive secretary; Lee Bacchi, Diocese of Joliet; Kevin Clinton, Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis; Bill Spilly, Diocese of Rochester; Louis Arceneaux, CM, New Orleans; Aidan McAleenan, Diocese of Oakland; Bob Bonnot, Diocese of Youngstown. Not present: Michael Bausch, Diocese of Rochester; Jim Kiesel, Archdiocese of Baltimore; Clarence Williams, CPPS, National Black Catholic Clergy Conference.

Save the Date! Baltimore  Maritime Conference Center • June 22-25

Save the Date! Baltimore
Maritime Conference Center • June 22-25

Photos from the assembly

Sister Jackie Doepker, Jane Leingang, Scott Meierotto and Lesa Meierotto welcome arrivals at the registration table.

Sister Jackie Doepker, Jane Leingang, Scott Meierotto and Lesa Meierotto welcome arrivals at the registration table.

Al Concha, Paco Wertin and Bernie Survil get re-aquainted at the opening day of the 2019 Assembly.

Al Concha, Paco Wertin and Bernie Survil get re-aquainted at the opening day of the 2019 Assembly.

Sebastian Gomes from Salt and Light leads the Monday retreat on opening day of the AUSCP Assembly.

Sebastian Gomes from Salt and Light leads the Monday retreat on opening day of the AUSCP Assembly.

Bill Spilly, center, and other members of the AUSCP look toward the retreat leader.

Bill Spilly, center, and other members of the AUSCP look toward the retreat leader.

Dr. Richard Gaillardetz answers a question during his presentation at the 2019 Assembly.

Dr. Richard Gaillardetz answers a question during his presentation at the 2019 Assembly.