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  • Bishop Robert Finn: Resign as Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph, MO.
  • Denying communion to those who disagree

Jeff Weis, Change.org

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September 29, 2012 I'm a Catholic and I take my kids to church every Sunday. Church is supposed to be a safe place. But Bishop Robert Finn, who is the head of my diocese (that's a regional group of churches), made our church unsafe for my children when he covered up a child sex abuse scandal.

Last month, Father Shawn Ratigan -- who was a priest in a church near mine -- plead guilty in U.S. Federal Court to producing and possessing child pornography. Father Ratigan used his position as a priest to take lewd images of children in his faith community.

Now a judge has found Bishop Finn guilty of covering up Ratigan's crimes -- Bishop Finn is the highest level leader in the church ever to be convicted in a sex abuse scandal. But despite his conviction, Bishop Finn still has his job as head of our diocese.

I started a petition on Change.org asking Bishop Finn to resign as head of the Kansas City diocese. Click here to add your name.

Since Bishop Finn's conviction, groups like the National Survivor Advocates Coalition have called on him to resign, and the Kansas City Star published an editorial saying it's time for him to go. Our diocese needs a leader who protects children, not one who protects their abusers.

As a Catholic, I believe in forgiveness, and I think Bishop Finn should be forgiven. But as a father, I don't think he should keep a job where he could put more children in danger.  Forgiveness and change can work together.

The Catholic church needs to see that it's not enough to get rid of priests who abuse children -- the leaders who cover up the abuse must be held accountable as well. I know that if thousands of people sign my petition, Bishop Finn will have to resign.

Click here to sign my petition calling on Bishop Robert Finn, who was convicted of covering up a child pornography scandal, to resign as the head of the Kansas City diocese.

Thank you.

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Denying communion to those who disagree, Michael Sherrard, Faithful America

Denying communion to those who disagree

Michael Sherrard, Faithful America

The Archbishop of Newark just sent a pastoral letter, addressed to over 1 million Catholics in his archdiocese, demanding that Catholics who support marriage equality refrain from receiving Holy Communion.

This is a step too far. It's one thing for the bishops to pursue an increasingly conservative political agenda. It's quite another to wield the Blessed Sacrament as a political weapon against anyone who disagrees.

We need a huge public outcry to show Archbishop John Myers that his new position is unacceptable, or we risk other bishops joining him -- and millions of faithful Catholics being denied Holy Communion. Can you sign our emergency petition right now?

Tell Archbishop Myers: Don't use communion as a political weapon.

Thanks!

Source:

"New Jersey Archbishop Urges Same-Sex Marriage Supporters To Refrain From Taking Communion," ThinkProgress, September 26, 2012

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Masculinity and Mass Violence


The ‘Intimate Enemy’ We Refuse to Name

Elizabeth Drescher, Religion Dispatches

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August 19, 2012 | On July 20, just after James Holmes wounded 58 and killed 12 people at the opening of the latest Batman film at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, The
Telegraph published a “history of mass shootings in the U.S. since Columbine”—a list of nearly 30 shooting sprees with lethal results. Ne’er-do-wells who merely wounded didn’t make the cut. Thus, not included on the list was a shooting spree in an Alabama bar with a multiple arson warm-up just two days earlier. There, enraged after having been fired from his job (only the latest in a string of personal and financial calamities), Nathan Van Wilkins fired into a bar from across the street, wounding or otherwise injuring 17 people but not killing anyone.


Likewise, the non-fatal, apparently gang-related shootings of four girls in a Chicago park on July 11 was omitted. The shooter or shooters there have not been apprehended, but Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel offered a warning that, as I will discuss shortly, hardly helps matters for those of us who are concerned about what seems to be a growing tide of mass violence. “Take your stuff to the alley,” Emanuel was quoted as saying. “Don’t touch the children of the city of Chicago. Don’t get near them.”

Full story...

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Are Muslims Nuts?

  • Probably as many Middle Easterners wonder, ‘why do they hate us?’ as we have wondered of them.
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Haroon Moghul, Religion Dispatches

People don't invent these narratives on their own.

September 19, 2012 | The last time I visited Pakistan was in 2007, soon after I’d started my Ph.D. My topic was Muhammad Iqbal, the philosopher and poet who gave intellectual heft to the Pakistan movement. Not surprisingly, my family was intrigued by my choice of topic. They were however less amused by my choice of residence: I lived at the edge of Columbia campus, near Harlem, an arrangement that elicited respectful horror.


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“Isn’t New York so dangerous?” they asked. (A Pakistani was asking me if my city was dangerous?) In their minds, New Yorkers had only to exit their apartments and they would immediately be subjected to random muggings, extortionate kidnappings, spectacularly explosive car chases, or Allah knows what else. Probably their idea of the city had been formed by and remained stuck in Coming to America.

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The Great Shopping Cart War

 

  • It seems so unlikely that the simple shopping cart would provoke major controversy.
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Jeff Dietrich, Catholic Agitator

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I am a homeless enabler. The Los Angeles Catholic Worker has been publicly accused by police and business community of being homeless enablers because we provide food—more than 5,000 meals weekly. We provide blankets, raincoats and heavy blue tarps for shelter.
   
We are homeless enablers, and we are proud to provide the essentials that enable the homeless to stay alive.

However, the most reprehensible thing we have done is to give the homeless free shopping carts in which to store their belongings. Over the past 12 years, we have provided more than 25,000 carts that, unlike those from grocery stores, cannot
legally be confiscated by the police because the L.A. Catholic Worker
owns them.

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You're Invited to a Very Special Event, September 29

  • A Matter of Social Justice: Catholics Voting ‘No’ on Both Amendments
  • Saturday, September 29, 2012, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 Snelling Avenue South, Saint Paul
  • Featuring National Catholic Reporter columnist Jamie L. Manson
  • Truth to Tell | Gay Marriage: Catholics in Conundrum
  • Truth to Tell | Voter ID: Who Shouldn't Vote?

Catholics for Marriage Equality MN

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(September 13, 2012) On November 6 Minnesotans will be asked to vote 'yes' or 'no' on two ballot initiatives that seek to amend the state constitution. If either the 'voter photo ID amendment' or the 'marriage amendment' passes then the Minnesota constitution will be amended to restrict and/or deny important freedoms and rights to certain individuals and groups.

At C4ME-MN's September 29 forum, A Matter of Social Justice, we'll hear from representatives of both 'Vote No' campaigns – Our Vote, Our Future and Minnesotans United for All Families. What's the latest news from both campaigns? How are their efforts proceeding? How can we get involved to help defeat both amendments? Come hear the answers to these and other questions on September 29.

Our keynote speaker for the evening will be National Catholic Reporter columnist Jamie L. Manson. Jamie will help us 'make the connections' between the 'voter photo ID amendment' and the 'marriage amendment' as they relate to the struggle for full equality of LGBT people. In making these connections, Jamie will draw from Catholicism's rich tradition of social justice and human rights.


As a matter of social justice for LGBT people and others who will be negatively impacted if either or both amendments are passed, please join us on September 29!

About the Amendments

The Minnesota 'voter photo ID amendment' is seen by many as a right-wing power grab. This is because it proposes measures to restrict minority voters (students, people of color, seniors, the poor) from the polls. These minority groups tend not to vote for right-wing agendas, including the undermining and/prevention of LGBT rights legislation. A range of current and future advances in LGBT rights, not just 'marriage equality,' are thus threatened by the proposed 'voter photo ID amendment.' Proponents of the amendment say that it is needed to prevent or eliminate the threat of fraudulent voting. The campaign working to defeat the 'voter photo ID amendment' is Our Vote, Our Future.

The 'marriage amendment' will ask Minnesotans to vote on whether or not the state constitution should be amended so as to define marriage as “solely between one man and one woman.” If defeated, civil marriage rights will still be denied same-sex couples as Minnesota already bans these rights. However, if passed the 'marriage amendment' will send a hurtful message to LGBT individuals and families and make it virtually impossible for the courts to grant civil marriage rights to same-sex couples or for the state legislature to pass legislation in favor of such rights in the future. Proponents of the amendment say it is needed to "protect the sanctity of marriage." The campaign working to defeat the 'marriage amendment' is Minnesotans United for All Families.

About our Keynote Speaker

Jamie L. Manson received her Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School where she studied Catholic theology and sexual ethics with Margaret Farley. Her weekly column, 'Grace on the Margins,' appears in the National Catholic Reporter. Her writing has won numerous awards, most recently second place for Commentary of the Year (2012) from the Religion Newswriters (RNA). In January 2011, her essay on St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, AZ, was highlighted by Nicholas Kristof in his New York Times op-ed column. In November 2011, Jamie was a keynote speaker at the national Call to Action conference.

Jamie is the former editor in chief of the Yale magazine Reflections. As a lay minister, she has served two Manhattan churches in the roles of director of faith formation and as director of social justice ministries. In both churches she worked extensively with New York City’s homeless and poor populations

A frequent speaker and retreat leader, she is a regular homilist for the New York City chapter of DignityUSA, and has served on the board of the Women’s Ordination Conference.

To RSVP on Facebook, visit here.

To view this announcment at Sensus Fideliuim, the blogsite of C4ME-MN, and to access links to numerous articles on both amendments, visit here.

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Truth to Tell | Voter ID: Who Shouldn't Vote? Andy Driscoll and Michelle Alimoradi, Truth to Tell, KFAI-FM | MN

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God has initiated salvation and reconciliation for the whole beloved community of creation. Through Jesus, we have been welcomed back into Shalom—a right relationship with God, with our true selves, and with others.

But as Christians, we know that a lot of work still needs to be done! Our world is still separated by walls of "us" vs. "them" and wars are waged at every level—from our families to our blocks, to our nations, and to all of creation.

The Bible teaches us that we have been given the "ministry of reconciliation" to live out the work God completed through Jesus. We need to first reflect the reality of God's Shalom, and learn how to bring the people of our world along.

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