Saturday, October 3, 2015
Sunday, September 27, 2015
A very powerful example rests in this week's gospel reading (Mark 9:38-40), which denudes the bishops' Canon Law demonizing women priests. "John said to him, 'Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.' Jesus replied, 'Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. For whoever is not against us is for us.'" That gospel passage makes it impossible to denounce people of either gender who work to spread God's love. If the bishops do, they merely repeat the apostles' mistakes from centuries ago.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
The Michigan Catholic Conference has just sent out the message below via the Bishops' Catholic Advocacy Network. Please follow the link at the end of the message to contact your U.S. Representative.
Legislation is expected to come before the U.S. House of Representatives this week that would eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood of America and its affiliates. Planned Parenthood receives over half a billion taxpayer dollars a year and performs over a third of all abortions around the United States. Recently, a number of undercover videos show officials from the organization willing to participate in the trafficking of fetal organs and tissue, as well as to alter the abortion procedure to obtain more "intact" parts. Taxpayer dollars should not be supporting an organization with these practices.
In particular, House Resolution 3134 places a moratorium on funding for Planned Parenthood for one year and is on the agenda for the House Rules Committee this Wednesday evening. A vote of the full House is expected shortly thereafter.
Take a few minutes now to let your U.S. Representative know that H.R. 3134 and similar legislation such as H.R. 3301 should be adopted into law. Thank you in advance for your efforts on behalf of the unborn.
Michigan Catholic Conference
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Monday, September 14, 2015
- Stop using communion as a treat for people you consider well-behaved…for any reason.
- Require divorced and remarried people to undergo the same process that priests require when they divorce one parish and remarry another…. Oh, that’s nothing? O.K. Sounds simple, merciful and equitable, to me.
- If you retain an annulment process, how about requiring married people to act as judges? Better yet, how about requiring that the judges be people who have received an annulment themselves?
- Permit clergy to marry and then only married clergy can be marriage tribunal judges. (By the way, with women's increasing earning power, this might save the church a bundle. Wife makes more than priest spouse...they are devout...priest doesn't take a salary from the church...doesn't need healthcare benefits...they can pay their own housing and food bills...priest car allowance not needed...auto insurance paid by wife's income, etc.... The exact opposite situation for going to strict unmarried clergy now exists. Originally the move occurred to protect church property from being divided amongst priests' heirs. Now, women can actually relieve the church's material requirements for supporting priests.)
- How about shortening the application form to one page? I’d even be happy with a reduction to 5 pages. How about putting the form online and allowing it to be submitted electronically with automated workflow and cognitive analytics that provide the recommended ruling? Thus the judge only needs to review the recommended ruling and justification – tremendously expediting the process and introducing a high degree of ruling consistency.
- Fees? Eliminate them completely, even the “administrative” ones.
Saturday, July 18, 2015