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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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Keep partisan politics out of our pews

  • It is past time to require the IRS to enforce the law.  Tax exemptions must be withdrawn from religious institutions that engage in partisan politics.  No wobbling, no ducking.
  • Catholic Hierarchy’s ‘Fortnight For Freedom’ Campaign Is ‘Thoroughly Misguided’
  • Is America on the Verge of Theocracy?

James Salt, Catholics United

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(September 10, 2012) Our friends at Faithful America recently brought to our attention some unsettling news. A parish priest in the Archdiocese of New York publicly endorsed Mitt Romney for President by including pro-Romney partisan literature in his Sunday bulletin.

This sort of partisan activity is simply unacceptable in our parishes. Our churches are sacred spaces and we demean the Mass when our houses of worship are hijacked with partisan politics.

Will you join Catholics United and Faithful America in urging Cardinal Dolan to retract this endorsement and ask that he publicly remind all the priests of his diocese that partisan politics don’t belong in our houses of worship?

As we get closer and closer to the election, there is a real possibility that the partisan activity that took place in New York will also happen in other Catholic Churches across the country. Cardinal Dolan can send a clear signal that this type of behavior has no place in the Church, by unequivocally renouncing the use of Church assets, like a bulletin, for partisan activities.


Will you join us in urging Cardinal Dolan to stand up against partisan activities in our houses of worship?

Sincerely,

PS - If you live in New York City and would be willing to help deliver this petition to Cardinal Dolan’s office, please send our organizer, Jason Miller, an email at jmiller@catholics-united.org
 
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Catholic Hierarchy’s ‘Fortnight For Freedom’ Campaign Is ‘Thoroughly Misguided,’ Says Americans United, Barry W. Lynn, Americans United

  • Bishops Want To Keep Massive Taxpayer Funding While Refusing To Comply With Basic Civil Rights And Civil Liberties, Says AU’s Lynn
  • Right-Wing Religion's War on America

Is America on the Verge of Theocracy? Henry A. Giroux, TruthOut.org / Alternet

  • Extremists shape American politics to unabashedly pursue legislative policies that favor the rich and punish the poor.
  • 4 Fundamentalist Ideologies Threatening U.S. Liberty
  • How these gibbering numbskulls came to dominate Washington
     

Truth to Tell | Gay Marriage: Catholics in Conundrum

  • Catholic churches are not the only communities of faith backing the Marriage Amendment, but the vigor with which the Church has funded (to the tune of $650,000) and lobbied for the measure over the last several years is one of the most blatantly political incursions we’ve ever witnessed at this level.
  • The Thoughtful Voter’s Guide to Same-Sex Marriage

Andy Driscoll and Michelle Alimoradi, Truth to Tell, KFAI-FM | MN

This Church’s views are most important to many because its very existence is rooted in the core belief that Jesus Christ himself was its founder (“Thou art Peter, and, upon this rock, I will build my Church.”) Thus is it true that Catholics of every stripe accept that as doctrine. Where many part company with Church hierarchy is in the relationships the Church has defined as dogma: only single, celibate men may be ordained, making women subordinate; marriage is the only state in which sexual intercourse is allowed because procreation is only reason humans were endowed with the sexual function; nothing must interfere with the natural conception of life in the sex act; abortion is murder; and homosexuality is disordered.

Such dogma and its resistors within the Church, including former priests, existing priests and monks (some of them openly gay), and a significant number of current practitioners of the Catholic faith are pushing back on this archbishop and what appears to be an anti-gay crusade of puzzling dimensions – ask the parishioners at St. Joan of Arc and St. Stephens and others – who argue that none of this homophobia is parallel with Christ’s teachings or embedded in scripture.

Guests:

  • Ed Flahaven – A Leader of Former Priests Against Marriage Amendment; Archdiocesan priest for 48 years; Head of the Archdiocese’s social-justice agency, the Urban Affairs Commission (UAC); and a member of former Gov. Rudy Perpich’s Task Force on Lesbian and Gay Minnesotans. Married for seven years.
  • Rose McMurray – Mother of a gay son and parishioner at Church of the Risen Savior, Burnsville
  • Michael Bayly – Executive Coordinator, , an initiative of the Catholic Pastoral Committee on Sexual Minorities (CPCSM); Editor of The Progressive Catholic Voice and co-chair of the Minnesota-based Catholic Coalition for Church Reform

Broadcast: in Minneapolis/St. Paul KFAI-90.3/106.7/Streamed @ KFAI.org<> 9-10AM, Monday, September 13

Archived: Click here

Watch us in Studio 5! TruthToTell is now seen live on Livestream and later on Blip.tv.

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The Thoughtful Voter’s Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, David Morris, The Public Good <>

  • After 20 years of debate one might reasonably ask why another report on same-sex marriage would be necessary. Our reply is that although the debate has been long it has often generated more heat than light.
  • The One-Two Punch
     

Catholic Church '200 years behind,' Cardinal says before death

  • Martini was known for his progressive position on some of the Church's most controversial issues, including priestly celibacy, the use of condoms, euthanasia and homosexuality.
  • First bishop found guilty in sex abuse crisis
  • Franciscan friars back American nuns in Vatican spat

Livia Borghese, for CNN

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Italian cardinal Carlo Maria Martini's body was lying in state at the cathedral in Milan, Italy, on September 1, 2012.

(September 1, 2012) In an interview published a day after his death, a prominent progressive Catholic cardinal left the best summary of his contribution to debates within the Church.

"The Church has remained 200 years behind the times. Why has it not been shaken up?" Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini said in an interview published in Saturday's Corriere dell Sera newspaper. "Are we scared? Fear instead of courage? However, faith is the fundamental to the church."

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First bishop found guilty in sex abuse crisis, Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter

  • Jackson County, Mo., Circuit Court Judge John Torrence gave Finn a two-year suspended sentence of probation with nine conditions, including mandating direct reporting of future suspicions of child abuse to prosecutors.
  • Kansas City cases cost diocese $1.39 million in legal fees
  • Catholic bishop says church's credibility on sexual abuse is 'shredded'

Franciscan friars back American nuns in Vatican spat, Daniel Burke, Religion News Service
The brothers have come to the sisters’ defense.

 

Franciscan friars back American nuns in Vatican spat

The brothers have come to the sisters’ defense.

Daniel Burke, Religion News Service

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(June 7, 2012) Leaders from the seven Franciscan provinces in the U.S. <http://content.usatoday.com/topics/topic/U.S>publicly backed a group of American nuns on Thursday, calling a Vatican crackdown on the women "excessive."

The Franciscan friars are believed to be the first Catholic religious order to voice support for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) since the Vatican announced a full-scale makeover of the group in April.

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Nuns to Vatican: No compromise on mission integrity, Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA Today
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious, rebuked by the Vatican, now say they will work with the bishops but won't compromise their mission.

 

Nuns, Faith & Politics

  • On a road trip of faith and politics, American nuns spread the word: Paul Ryan’s budget would hurt those already struggling to make ends meet.
  • Don’t Mess With the Nuns

Moyers & Company

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(August 24, 2012) Weeks before Republican Paul Ryan was selected to run for vice president, Sister Simone Campbell -- who heads NETWORK, a Catholic policy and lobbying group -- rolled across the heartland with fellow nuns on a bus trip designed to increase public concern over what the so-called “Ryan budget” would mean for social services in America.

But other Catholics say Sister Simone and the nuns have crossed a line. Robert Royal, editor in chief of The Catholic Thing and founder of the Faith & Reason Institute, believes that issues of economic inequality are being oversimplified, and that the focus should be on creating a more dynamic economy for all.

In this episode, watch our field report from producers who rode along on the ‘Nuns on the Bus’ tour, then join a passionate discussion about faith and economics with Sister Simone and Royal.

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Don’t Mess With the Nuns, Progress Report, Think Progress

  • The same group of nuns who recently toured the country to denounce the Romney-Ryan budget’s deep cuts to programs for those most in need is now calling out Romney.
  • Sisters Speak Out
  • Faith leaders: 'Bachmann's fear-mongering hurts our country'
     

For All the Children

Talk to your family and friends and vote NO in November in Minnesota.

Catholics for Marriage Equality - MN

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On April 28, 2012, more than 300 people of faith gathered at Calvary Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Sponsored by Catholics for Marriage Equality, the purpose was to create a music video of my hymn, "For All the Children." The video will be used during the current campaign to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment which would make marriage equality forever illegal in the state of Minnesota.  Independent filmmaker Matt Peiken, who is working on a full-length documentary about the faith-related efforts in the campaign, was there to capture behind-the-scenes footage.  The final music video will be released in late summer.

Catholics and friends gathered to sing their hearts out in support of LGBTQ young people. Lay Catholic Christians are standing up and singing out to spread the good news of Christ's love.

Share this music video. You can help tremendously to spread it's powerful message by posting your passionate invitation via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, all your favorite social media sites.

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