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Ending the Death Penalty

  • In Jesus’ justice system, offenders are allowed to live and are called to conversion.  They are encouraged to rehabilitate, and are held accountable.  
  • There is no death penalty, because the death penalty is an act that says, “There is nothing more that God can do with this life."
  • American Prisons: Slavery By The Backdoor    

Eric DeBode, Catholic Agitator 

 

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October, 2012 | The story of Zacchaeus sums up many key themes which run through Luke’s gospel:  the high are brought low, the lost sheep are gathered, justice happens outside of court by repairing harms done, the “child of Abraham” is welcomed back, and the outsider and the unclean are recognized as key to the project of salvation. 

   

Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector, which meant that he got really rich by running a shady business; he collected taxes for the occupying Roman state, and he was despised by his fellow Jews. 

   

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American Prisons: Slavery By The Backdoor, Chris Gambrell, YouTube

The government will keep inventing more laws to make criminals out of good people.

 

 

Pope Benedict Takes Anti-Gay Marriage To New Level In Christmas Speech

  • "People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given to them by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being," he said. "They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves.
  • "The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man's fundamental choice where he himself is concerned," he said.
  • 50 Reasons to Boycott the Catholic Church

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press / Huffington Post

 

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December 21, 2012 | The pope pressed his opposition to gay marriage Friday, denouncing what he described as people eschewing their God-given gender identities to suit their sexual choices – and destroying the very "essence of the human creature" in the process.

 

Benedict XVI made the comments in his annual Christmas address to the Vatican bureaucracy, one of his most important speeches of the year. He dedicated it this year to promoting traditional family values in the face of gains by same-sex marriage proponents in the U.S. and Europe and efforts to legalize gay marriage in places like France and Britain.

 

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50 Reasons to Boycott the Catholic Church, Adam Lee,AlterNet

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One Million Letters Effort!

Join the effort to send 1,000,000 letters or emails to the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) in support of their stand in support of the ordination of women as Roman Catholic priests. 

 

Bob Wedl, Evergreene Digest

 

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December 17, 2012 | The December 3rd National Catholic Reporter (NCR) has written an editorial in support of the ordination of women as Roman Catholic priests.  This is just one more major group that is lining up to contest the rules of the Catholic Church hierarchy which argue, by their action and papal decrees, that women are not worthy of serving as priest ministers of the Catholic faith.  The response to that editorial has been overwhelmingly positive...and why would it not be?

 

As a supporter of the WomenPriest effort, I am asking you to join the effort to send 1,000,000 letters or emails to the NCR in support of their stand.  Also, forward this email to as many people as possible...and asking them to forward it to as many people as possible...etc.

 

You may send your email to NCR...or by US mail at: National Catholic Reporter, 115 E. Armour Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111. You may also want to copy your bishop. 

 

Peace and justice to you at this time of wonder and joy.

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Bill Annett, American Logo, Salem (OR) News

 

Washington's Capitol building is at the centre of the world From the telegraph.co.uk article: Is America the new Rome?

 

December 17, 2012 | Question: (From the inquisitive student in the back row) “How can the Vatican, which has no defense or military budget of  $750 billion (as in the United States), with no army, navy or air force – except for a platoon or so of those Swiss guards carrying pike poles and wearing those funny hats - manage to control, dictate to and obtain absolute fealty (including the payment of enormous amounts of money under “concordats”) from literally every legitimate (about 178 of them) “free world” government, not to mention 800 million people (almost as many subscribers as Facebook) around the globe?”

 

Answer: An excellent question, back-row student. The answer is by parading itself as the next thing to God. The American model is typical, and one of the most successful. Let us consider the American model. Watch closely.

 

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50 Reasons to Boycott the Catholic Church, Adam Lee, AlterNet

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Ordination of women would correct an injustice

  • Our message is that we believe the sensus fidelium is that the exclusion of women from the priesthood has no strong basis in Scripture or any other compelling rationale; therefore, women should be ordained.
  • NCR joins its voice with Roy Bourgeois and calls for the Catholic church to correct this unjust teaching.
  • Maryknoll: Vatican has dismissed Roy Bourgeois from order
  • Father Bill Brennan, 92, Sanctioned For Celebrating Mass With Woman Priest

NCR Editorial Staff, National Catholic Reporter

 

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Father Bill Brennan, a Milwaukee-area peace activist who has done missionary work in Central America, celebrated Mass last month in Georgia with Janice Sevre-Duszynska of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests.  

 

Dec. 3, 2012 | The call to the priesthood is a gift from God. It is rooted in baptism and is called forth and affirmed by the community because it is authentic and evident in the person as a charism. Catholic women who have discerned a call to the priesthood and have had that call affirmed by the community should be ordained in the Roman Catholic church. Barring women from ordination to the priesthood is an injustice that cannot be allowed to stand.

 

The most egregious statement in the Nov. 19 press release announcing Roy Bourgeois' "excommunication, dismissal and laicization" is the assertion that Bourgeois' "disobedience" and "campaign against the teachings of the Catholic church" was "ignoring the sensitivities of the faithful." Nothing could be further from the truth. Bourgeois, attuned by a lifetime of listening to the marginalized, has heard the voice of the faithful and he has responded to that voice.

 

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National Catholic Reporter Endorses Women’s Ordination, Megan Sweas, Religion Dispatches

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Maryknoll: Vatican has dismissed Roy Bourgeois from order, Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter 

  • In interviews Bourgeois focused on the rights of conscience of Catholics and "the importance of people of faith and members of Maryknoll to be able to speak openly and freely without fear ... of being dismissed or excommunicated."
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Father Bill Brennan, 92, Sanctioned For Celebrating Mass With Woman Priest, Mary Wisniewski, Reuters

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December 8, 2012 | A 92-year-old Wisconsin Jesuit has become the latest Catholic priest to be punished by church authorities for celebrating Mass with a woman priest in violation of church rules, a Jesuit spokesman said on Wednesday.

 

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Bill Annett, American Logo, Salem (OR) News

 

November 26, 2012 | That the Church nurses a preoccupation with sex, intentional, inferred or by default, is so self-evident, given our almost daily saturation in news stories about child abuse, that damage control and cover-up are necessary. It's apparent also in the wide range of responses within the Roman Catholic world, ranging from the almost total denial displayed by organizations such as the American Catholic League, headed up by the aggressive William Donohue, to the opposite extreme occupied by the publication U.S. Catholic, which adopts an editorial stance often surprisingly critical of Catholic practice.

 

Another glaring example of this wide disparity is in the recent political controversy that has revisited birth control and contraception, topics that most of us had thought to have been resolved 50 years ago. Most recently, the 19th Century morality of contraception as evil has been exhumed and dusted off by a seemingly tunnel-visioned presidential candidate, indicating that for a huge tranche of our population and electorate, the world may still be flat.

 

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50 Reasons to Boycott the Catholic Church, Adam Lee, AlterNet

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National Catholic Reporter Endorses Women’s Ordination

  • Many have been surprised by National Catholic Reporter’s announcement that it endorses women’s ordination. It’s a bigger surprise, however, that it’s taken them this long to do so.
  • Ordination of women would correct an injustice
  • Maryknoll: Vatican has dismissed Roy Bourgeois from order

Megan Sweas, Religion Dispatches

 

With controversial issues, Catholic journalists must walk a fine line between not contradicting Church doctrine and raising issues that real people struggle with. But there is one issue that we cannot touch: women’s ordination.

 

Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, released by Pope John Paul II in 1994, declares not only that (only) men can be priests, but also “that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful.” In other words, “discussion over.” 

 

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Ordination of women would correct an injustice, NCR Editorial Staff, National Catholic Reporter 

  • Our message is that we believe the sensus fidelium is that the exclusion of women from the priesthood has no strong basis in Scripture or any other compelling rationale; therefore, women should be ordained.
  • NCR joins its voice with Roy Bourgeois and calls for the Catholic church to correct this unjust teaching.
  • Maryknoll: Vatican has dismissed Roy Bourgeois from order

Maryknoll: Vatican has dismissed Roy Bourgeois from order, Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter

  • In interviews Bourgeois focused on the rights of conscience of Catholics and "the importance of people of faith and members of Maryknoll to be able to speak openly and freely without fear ... of being dismissed or excommunicated."
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Walmart's Exploitation Is Nothing New, So What Made Workers Finally Fight Back?

  • The nation's largest employer has long been the Holy Grail for labor organizers, seemingly impossible to organize -- until now.
  • The group OUR Wal-mart has skipped traditional labor organizing in favor of broad-based campaigns for fair treatment that have drawn on the support of surrounding communities, and particularly of faith leaders. 
  • What Catholic bishops can learn from Hurricane Sandy

Sarah Jaffe, Religion Dispatches / AlterNet

 

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Photo Credit: OUR Walmart

 

November 26, 2012  |  Last month, when strikers from Southern California arrived in Bentonville, Ark., to protest Walmart’s labor practices with reggae beats, pots and pans, and a Latin American-inflected protest culture, it became clear to onlookers that America’s superstore was no longer the small family business that Sam Walton had founded and grown in the cradle of the anti-labor culture of Southern evangelicaldom. But it’s also become clear that Walmart’s own ambitions to become a global empire -- expanding beyond southern suburbs to new regions, and continuing to erode protections for its workers -- have brought the “family values” behemoth into confrontation with another kind of religious and labor rights tradition.

 

Walmart has long been the Holy Grail for labor organizers. The nation’s largest retailer, it is notorious for its low wages, lack of benefits, abusive labor practices , and for leaving its workers dependent on public assistance while making the Walton family rich beyond imagination. And it has been nearly impossible to organize.

 

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What Catholic bishops can learn from Hurricane Sandy, E.J. Dionne, Jr., Washington (DC) Post / Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

The bishops should understand that casting (the church) as a militantly right-wing political organization clouds its Christian message of generosity and social reconstruction visible every day in parishes such as St. Francis and in the homeless shelters, schools, hospices and countless other Catholic entities all over the nation.

 

 

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