A politically sophisticated clergyman whom Pope John Paul II nicknamed “Hollywood,” Mahony was raised among California’s immigrant farm workers. Named archbishop of Los Angeles in 1985, he became a powerful voice supporting those who were in the country illegally at a time when California was a pioneer in anti-immigrant measures.
Priest shot to death preparing for Mass. The story from the Associated Press is published by America magazine. The AUSCP has spoken out on behalf of priest victims of violence. CLICK HERE for the story.
Jesuit Father James Martin, who received a letter of support from the AUSCP following the unwarranted criticism of his efforts to build bridges with LGBT Catholics, will speak at the World Assembly of Families in Dublin. CLICK HERE to read the story in American magazine.
“The organizers have asked me to speak about how parishes can welcome L.G.B.T. Catholics, as well as their parents and families. So I hope to share ‘best practices’ from parishes that have successfully reached out to the L.G.B.T. Catholic community,” Father Martin told America.
Pax Christi makes a statement on Iran nuclear agreement. READ IT HERE.
" . . . over 160 Catholic organizations from countries around the globe sent a statement to the U.S. Congress decrying U.S. President Trump’s decision to end U.S. participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiated in 2015 during the Obama administration.
CLICK HERE to read an article in La Croix International, examining civil disobedience. Included are comments from Bishop John Stowe and Bishop Robert McElroy.
There's still time to register for the 2018 AUSCP Assembly in Albuquerque, where Bishop McElroy will be a keynote speaker. CLICK HERE for more details.
. . . in some ways, the U.S. bishops are stuck in the middle. Many, if not most, of their white parishioners voted for Trump and his anti-immigrant platform, while Pope Francis has stood for the opposite when it comes to immigration issues. The pope even questioned the president's Christian bona fides over Trump's insistence on a border wall.
While they stand together, bishops retain their individuality. They differ on strategies, approaches and how much of a priority they put on the issue of immigration.
“Through Many, One: Overcoming Polarization Through Catholic Social Thought,” will take place June 4-6 at Georgetown University and is a project of the university’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life in response to what its organizers have described as “the harmful divisions within our Church.”