Roman catholic – Garibaldi Rosario http://garibaldirosario.org/ Wed, 25 May 2022 08:13:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://garibaldirosario.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-69.png Roman catholic – Garibaldi Rosario http://garibaldirosario.org/ 32 32 American nuns are going viral on TikTok – The Irish Times https://garibaldirosario.org/american-nuns-are-going-viral-on-tiktok-the-irish-times/ Wed, 25 May 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/american-nuns-are-going-viral-on-tiktok-the-irish-times/ Before entering the St John Baptist community in 2012, Claudette Monica Powell performed in an acoustic rock duo and an improv comedy troupe in Los Angeles. Now she goes by Sister Monica Clare, sings in a church choir in Mendham Township, New Jersey, and posts factual videos about convent life on TikTok. “Most people have […]]]>

Before entering the St John Baptist community in 2012, Claudette Monica Powell performed in an acoustic rock duo and an improv comedy troupe in Los Angeles. Now she goes by Sister Monica Clare, sings in a church choir in Mendham Township, New Jersey, and posts factual videos about convent life on TikTok.

“Most people have no idea there are Episcopal nuns,” she said. On @nunsenseforthepeopleshe answers questions about religious rituals (“What’s up with the ashes?”), posts animal videos, and teaches her wide audience about Episcopalian values ​​such as gender equality and inclusion. Offline, she participated in Black Lives Matter protests and showed her support for women’s rights.

“I keep saying to the other sisters, ‘Go to TikTok!’ said Sr. Monica Clare, who at 56 is the youngest in her community. “’If we are hidden, we will die.’ ”

Her approach isn’t entirely new: nuns have appeared on screens almost since the dawn of television.

A decade ago, Sr. Monica Clare said, convents and monasteries were wary of social media, but they have come to see it as a potentially powerful tool to spread their message.

But so far, visibility has done little to attract new members. In 2019, 87% of Christian women and men committed to religious life were 60 or older, according to Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Apostolate Research. TikTok, which last year announced it had an active global user base of 1 billion, could be a new frontier for outreach.

On the platform, nuns capture special festive meals (boiled prunes, fish stewed in milk), pranks (jumping out of a box to surprise a sister, shouting “Hail Mary!”) and dancing (with Jesus, with walkers). They ride lawn mowers and play basketball. They partake in viral trends (lip-syncing, skincare routines, daily montages) and reinterpret popular songs to get them talking about Christianity.

In one video, a row of sisters in single file declare their preferences – morning or evening prayer? Advent or Lent? Saint Peter or Saint Paul? – to the beat of It’s Tricky by Run DMC. The video has been viewed over 3.4 million times.

“We are not all grim old ladies reading the Bible,” Sr. Monica Clare said. “We are not just godly, stuck-up people. There is joy and laughter, the full range of human experience. The women in my community are very smart, very fiery. They know what they want. »

Its approximately 161,000 followers include former Mennonites, retired police officers, knitters, cat owners, recovering alcoholics, vegetarians, atheists and married women. She manages the TikTok account herself; for Facebook, she gets help from a group called Geeks for God.

About a decade ago, Sr. Monica Clare said, convents and monasteries were wary of social media, but they have come to see it as a potentially powerful tool to spread their message. She noted that in the mid-2000s, Roman Catholic nuns began to find large audiences on YouTube and Myspace.

Even Pope Francis has acknowledged that despite all the ways social media has been used to spread hatred and encourage vanity, it can also be used to evangelize.

“There are a lot of people who are curious about worlds they normally don’t have access to, like mine…I let people be a fly on the wall in my normal everyday life”

“They realized it was a great way to demystify what we do,” said Sr. Monica Clare. Like a marketing manager checking whether her campaign is consistent with the overall brand identity, she sometimes consults with the other members of an Anglican communications committee. She stressed that these were sounding boards, not authorities on what she could post.

Her order is much smaller and less hierarchical than the sprawling Daughters of St. Paul, a Roman Catholic order that operates in 51 countries and has its own publishing house. Founded at the turn of the 20th century, the convent creates clever multimedia marketing campaigns and last year published a self-help book, Millennial Nuns, with Tiller Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

“Our mission in the church is to bring Jesus to the world using the most modern and effective forms of media,” said Sr. Chelsea Bethany Davis (@srbethanyfsp), 30, who is part of the community and has more than 189,000 followers. “Because we’re media nuns, I have a phone. I text my mom, Snapchat my sisters.”

In a video, she shares that she struggles to learn Italian. Above his head, the text “Go little rockstar” appears in cartoonish speech bubbles like a self-motivational mantra – a reference to a widely misheard lyric from a viral audio from Sales. The song is called Pope Is a Rockstar.

Sister Lisa Carol Hezmalhalch (@sisterlisah) grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved in 2021 to Concho, Arizona to establish a small farm and a new Catholic community. The 41-year-old’s videos cover things like cooking (10 pounds of freshly picked tomatoes) and convent-appropriate swearing (“dagnabit! blasphemy!”).

To take a vow of poverty and enter most communities, aspiring sisters must renounce their possessions and free themselves from their debts; she is transparent about how much student debt she pays off by selling items on eBay.

“There are a lot of people out there who are curious about worlds they don’t normally have access to, like mine,” she said of her mostly non-religious followers. “I let people be a fly on the wall in my normal everyday life.”

Before doing silent retreats, she responds to prayer requests from her nearly 143,000 followers. “As exhausting as it may seem, I prayed for each of the commentators by name,” Hezmalhalch said. Every day during the holy hour, she prayed for 20 to 50 devotees at a time, and more than 1,000 during the retreat. “Sometimes I don’t know their name,” she says. “This is user16575 saying ‘pray for me.’ I have no idea who ‘me’ is, but the Lord does.

Some brands and reality TV shows are gaining influence. A company sent Sr. Monica Clare a big box of wool (“Bring the wool! We’ll approve it for you, no problem!”). Her convent also received Salonpas pain relief patches, Dr Scholl’s compresses and compression stockings. “They just send us free products,” she said. “They don’t pay for endorsements.”

Recently, Hezmalhalch was approached by a casting producer in Los Angeles to make an appearance on a lip-syncing game show. “I like to be entertaining and I like to be the center of attention, which can lend itself to pride,” she said.

“The playful side of me loves lip-syncing. And the other side of me, the side that struggles to always be on TikTok, just wants to pray and do my job. His superiors turned down the audition on his behalf; a brother said on the phone that the show sounded “fancy”.

Another company wanted to send her a custom portrait. “What am I going to do with a painting of myself?” she says. “I take a vow of poverty.”

Although TikTok has placed new demands on the time of nuns, the call of religious life takes priority. “Oh my God,” Hezmalhalch said abruptly during an interview. “My prayer bell is ringing.” – This article originally appeared in The New York Times

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Durbin’s Catholic faith is ‘conflict of interest’ to hold Supreme Court accountable: pro-choice group https://garibaldirosario.org/durbins-catholic-faith-is-conflict-of-interest-to-hold-supreme-court-accountable-pro-choice-group/ Mon, 23 May 2022 04:52:44 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/durbins-catholic-faith-is-conflict-of-interest-to-hold-supreme-court-accountable-pro-choice-group/ NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! The Roman Catholic faith of Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., presents a ‘conflict of interest’ with his duty to hold the Supreme Court accountable as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to the pro-choice activist group Ruth Sent Us, who appeared to threaten protests outside homes in […]]]>

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The Roman Catholic faith of Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., presents a ‘conflict of interest’ with his duty to hold the Supreme Court accountable as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to the pro-choice activist group Ruth Sent Us, who appeared to threaten protests outside homes in Durbin.

The Senate Judiciary Committee announced on Friday that Durbin is “lobbying the CEOs of Discord and Twitch about the role the platforms are playing in spreading hateful and extremist content — and what they are doing in response” in the wake of the Buffalo shooting.

Ruth Mailed, who became famous for leading protests at the homes of Supreme Court justices following the leak of the draft notice overruling key abortion precedent Roe v. Wade, urged Durbin to “clean up SCOTUS first.”

“Announce televised hearings on traitors and sex offenders in Court,” the organization posted on Twitter, quoting Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito (author of the draft notice) and Brett Kavanaugh. “Watch your power grow.”

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Ruth sent us also appeared to threaten to protest Durbin homes. “We will start protests in your homes to make sure you hear our message,” the group added on Friday.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the fourth day hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, pool)
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Ruth sent us another reply on Sunday, criticizing Durbin for his faith.

“Durbin, there is a conflict of interest between your Catholic faith and your role as president of [the Senate Judiciary Committee], with sole discretion to hold hearings on corrupt Catholic judges,” the activist group wrote. “We demand answers. Catholic [Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.]talk too. »

Ruth sent us a link to a February 2018 article reporting that Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Illinois decided to uphold a 2004 decision to deny Durbin Holy Communion for his votes on the abortion, especially his vote against pain. – Protection of Unborn Capable Children Act 2018.

The pro-choice group’s tweet comes amid a fresh debate over Catholic leaders denying Holy Communion to pro-choice politicians.

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The Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone announced on Friday that he would ban House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to receive Holy Communion because of his position on abortion.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, August 25, 2021.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, August 25, 2021.
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“A Catholic legislator who supports induced abortion, having learned the teaching of the Church, commits a manifestly grave sin which is a cause of the gravest scandal to others,” Cordileone wrote in a letter to Pelosi. “Therefore, the universal law of the Church provides that such persons ‘shall not be admitted to Holy Communion’.”

The editorial board of the San Francisco Examiner urged Pope Francis to remove Cordileone for this.

the Catechism of the Catholic Church is unambiguous on the issue of abortion, both to procure one and to aid its practice: “From the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of any procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchanged.

“Direct abortion, that is, abortion willed either as an end or as a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law,” the catechism says, calling abortion and infanticide “crimes abominable”.

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It also states, “Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave fault. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life.”

Democrats have backed abortion wholeheartedly following the leak of Justice Alito’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization – the project that overthrew Roe. Although Chief Justice John Roberts has confirmed that the draft is authentic, it dates back to February and does not represent the current or definitive opinion of the Court.

Although Ruth sends us the message “SCOTUS6” over her protests, Politico sources within the Court say only five justices – Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, Niel Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Thomas – would overthrow Roe. Roberts would support the Mississippi law at issue just in case. Justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer (who is retiring at the end of the term) would disagree.

Protesters at the home of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

Protesters at the home of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.
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In the wake of the historic leak, pro-choice protesters have repeatedly targeted the homes of Supreme Court justices, after Ruth called us out for such protests.

activists Roman Catholic churches targeted for demonstrations on Mother’s Day, and Ruth sent us for such demonstrations.

The vandals too targeted a church in Boulder, Colorado, earlier this month, spray-paint “ban our bodies” and “my body my choice” on the building.

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Protesters also picketed the home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who has a 100% rating with pro-choice activist group NARAL Pro-Choice America. Durbin, who could face a similar protest, has an 88% rating with NARAL. Leahy, who Ruth also targeted at us, has odds of 100%.

Durbin’s office did not respond to an after-hours request for comment from Fox News Digital.

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Josephine Mellodge Obituary – Bucks County Courier Times https://garibaldirosario.org/josephine-mellodge-obituary-bucks-county-courier-times/ Sat, 21 May 2022 23:35:53 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/josephine-mellodge-obituary-bucks-county-courier-times/ Josephine Mary Mellodge, 95, of Morrisville, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at her sister’s home in Belmar, NJ. Born in Trenton, Josephine has lived her entire life in Morrisville. She was a parishioner at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church. Josie, as everyone who loved her called her, found great pleasure in […]]]>

Josephine Mary Mellodge, 95, of Morrisville, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at her sister’s home in Belmar, NJ.

Born in Trenton, Josephine has lived her entire life in Morrisville. She was a parishioner at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church.

Josie, as everyone who loved her called her, found great pleasure in reading novels and solving puzzles. She also loved going to Atlantic City with her late husband, Joe, and then having a meal at one of their favorite restaurants. But what she loved most was spending time with her late son Joe, his wife and the rest of his family. Holidays, birthdays, special occasions, or just lots of family gatherings, she was the happiest.

Daughter of the late Giuseppe and Delfina (Casciani) Mituri, wife of the late Joseph A. Mellodge, Sr. and mother of the late Joseph A. Mellodge, Jr., Josie is survived by her sister, Anne Filipponi of Belmar, NJ, her two sisters-in-law, Josephine and Charles Hofmann (Dolly Mellodge) and Lillian and Stephen Folmer (Sharpham), as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-great-great-nieces and nephews.

Friends can call Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel, 41 W. Trenton Ave., Morrisville, PA 19067.

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate his funeral on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 201 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Morrisville, PA 19067, followed by his interment in the parish cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions, in Josephine’s name, be made to Holy Trinity Church at the above address.

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Relics and Activists: Vatican Fraud Trial Spreads Across the Globe https://garibaldirosario.org/relics-and-activists-vatican-fraud-trial-spreads-across-the-globe/ Fri, 20 May 2022 15:00:53 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/relics-and-activists-vatican-fraud-trial-spreads-across-the-globe/ VATICAN CITY – The Vatican’s financial trial took a series of surreal turns on Thursday when a former suspect turned star witness was expelled from court and a defendant claimed in court papers that she escorted two emissaries of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Holy See to negotiate the return of the holy relics […]]]>

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican’s financial trial took a series of surreal turns on Thursday when a former suspect turned star witness was expelled from court and a defendant claimed in court papers that she escorted two emissaries of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Holy See to negotiate the return of the holy relics to the Russian Orthodox Church.

The developments turned an otherwise mundane cross-examination by a former Vatican power broker on Vatican investment strategies into an unexpected drama. This underscored the peculiarity of the trial and the remarkable situation in which the Holy See found itself after entrusting delicate diplomatic, financial and intelligence work to strangers who walked through the door impressing a cardinal.

The trial originated with the Holy See’s €350 million investment in a London property deal, but has widened to include other alleged crimes. Vatican prosecutors have charged 10 people with fraud, embezzlement and abuse of power, and some with extorting 15 million euros from the Vatican to take control of the London building.

One of the main suspects in the London case, Monsignor Alberto Perlasca, became the prosecution’s star witness after he flipped and started revealing everything he knew about the other defendants. He now claims he is a victim of the crime and entitled to damages, and showed up unannounced in court on Thursday to be removed by the Chief Justice.

Also on Thursday, lawyers for defendant Cecilia Marogna filed a personal statement in which she explained her intelligence work on behalf of the Holy See in terms that sounded more like a James Bond job description. She said her work included contact with Russian envoys, meetings with Italian intelligence operatives and regular updates with secret service chiefs from Colombia, Burkina Faso and Mali, all with the aim of free a Colombian nun who had been kidnapped by al-Qaida-linked militants in Mali.

Marogna is accused of having embezzled some 575,000 euros in money from the Holy See which had apparently been intended to free the nun. Marogna claims the money was compensation and fees related to his intelligence work. Prosecutors say Marogna spent the money on Prada, Tod’s and other high-end luxury goods.

Marogna’s co-defendant, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, has previously testified that he hired Marogna as an outside security consultant, impressed with her command of geopolitical affairs, and turned to her for help after the February 2017 kidnapping of Sister Gloria Cecilia Narvaez in Mali. She had been kidnapped by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, which financed its insurgency by kidnapping Westerners.

Becciu revealed in testimony earlier this month that François approved spending up to 1 million euros to hire a British intelligence firm to find the nun and secure her freedom. She was finally released last year.

Marogna insisted the money was not a ransom, but rather a payment to British firm Inkerman for his services. She said Inkerman estimated the total cost of freeing the nun would be 17 million euros. She said her negotiations hit a series of hitches after the Vatican’s police chief caught wind of it, COVID-19 was hit and her Italian intelligence intermediary was unexpectedly promoted.

In his statement, Marogna said negotiations for the relics of Saint Nicholas, which are held in the southern city of Bari, collapsed after the local bishop of Bari refused to give them up permanently. They had been loaned to Russia for two months in 2017, after an agreement was reached between Pope Francis and Russian Patriarch Cyril after their 2016 meeting in Havana.

Marogna’s account could not be independently confirmed. She said she never had a contract with the Holy See for her services and was never asked to provide receipts on how she justified her expenses.

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Irish Catholic organization in the United States opens its doors to women after nearly 200 years https://garibaldirosario.org/irish-catholic-organization-in-the-united-states-opens-its-doors-to-women-after-nearly-200-years/ Wed, 18 May 2022 19:06:54 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/irish-catholic-organization-in-the-united-states-opens-its-doors-to-women-after-nearly-200-years/ After nearly 200 years, one of the leading Irish organizations in the United States is considering proposals to open its doors to women. The Ancient Order of Hibernians, which was originally formed to advocate for Irish Catholic immigrants to the United States before the famine, will decide to end its male-only membership rules at a […]]]>

After nearly 200 years, one of the leading Irish organizations in the United States is considering proposals to open its doors to women.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, which was originally formed to advocate for Irish Catholic immigrants to the United States before the famine, will decide to end its male-only membership rules at a conference in Pennsylvania in July.

However, the plan to admit women is met with opposition from the leadership of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH) which, although having a widely shared history and goals, is completely separate from and runs parallel to the organization of men.

Essentially, the LAOH leadership views the admission of women into the HAE as detrimental to its own organization. He also argues that women who joined HAE would not be treated as equal members.

He told AOH in a letter last September that he viewed the organization’s sudden dropping of the gender requirement “as an act of sabotage to LAOH’s recruitment and continued growth.”

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HAE has approximately 30,000 members across the United States. However, the number of members is aging and their number has dropped by about 20% over the last decade. Also, some politicians have been reluctant to engage with an organization that only allows men to join.

Danny O’Connell, the current national president of HAE, said he was disappointed with the response from the women’s organization. He told the Irish Times: “I can confirm that HAE is considering removing the male gender restriction from our terms of membership. I was disappointed with the reaction of LAOH management and the apparent campaign to undermine this effort.

“I hope the leaders and members of LAOH will adopt a proposal that would give women residing in America another opportunity to embrace their Irish heritage.”

Proponents of the new initiative believe that women’s membership would not only increase membership, but also reduce the age profile, which is currently estimated to be over 50 on average. They believe that younger men are also reluctant in some cases to be associated with an organization that does not admit women.

Mr O’Connell is due to travel to Ireland this week where he is due to meet senior politicians today, including Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.

Former Fine Gael TD John Deasy is Head of Government Affairs at HAE. He said the decision whether or not to allow women to join the organization would be made by HAE members.

“However, it is undeniable that male or female only restrictions are considered outdated and unacceptable in Ireland today.”

HAE traces its history back to 1836 when it was established in New York and later in Philadelphia as a Catholic immigrant organization. Originally it had two purposes; to protect clergy and those who had arrived from Ireland in an environment hostile to Irish Catholics in the United States at the time.

Its constitution states that applicants for membership must be male, be able to prove Irish ancestry, and be a practicing Catholic.

He also has wider political goals calling for the introduction of a “fair US immigration law for Ireland” and played a pivotal role in crafting a bipartisan resolution passed by the House of Representatives. US in March urging the British government to drop plans to grant an amnesty for all Trouble-era murders in Northern Ireland.

Some people close to HAE argue that at the time of its founding, virtually all organizations were male-dominated. As it was a secret society, there are not many documents available describing the background of the rule.

In the mid-1890s, an AOH Women’s Auxiliary was established. This title was dropped in the 1980s and the men’s and women’s organizations officially separated in 2012.

LAOH National Chairperson Karen Keane told The Irish Times the “divorce” came about following a tax audit by US tax authorities. She said that at the time, the HAE leadership maintained that the women’s organization had nothing to do with it.

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The constitution of the women’s organization is broadly similar to that of the HAE. Its membership is also limited to practicing Catholic women of Irish birth or descent as well as the wife or mother of an HAE member. It aims “to foster and maintain loyalty to the Roman Catholic Church and to foster and maintain loyalty to the United States of America among its members”.

Keane said LAOH membership, which had been declining through the end of 2019, has recovered. It has just over 10,000 members, a 5% increase over last year.

LAOH was more of an “on the ground” organization, she said, and it spent its money not on lobbying politicians but in local areas, such as helping women keep their babies.

“We’re talking about universal child care, universal child care so that women who babysit their children can afford to keep them in school.”

Ms Keane said her organization opposed HAE admitting female members “because in all honesty women will not be treated . . . equal members if they join HAE.

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A Catholic bishop criticizes the bill that would have guaranteed access to abortion https://garibaldirosario.org/a-catholic-bishop-criticizes-the-bill-that-would-have-guaranteed-access-to-abortion/ Tue, 17 May 2022 00:10:58 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/a-catholic-bishop-criticizes-the-bill-that-would-have-guaranteed-access-to-abortion/ The head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland penned an op-ed criticizing a bill to codify abortion access that failed last week, his first public statement on the issue in two weeks since a bill leaked opinion suggested the U.S. Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade. Bishop Robert Deeley wrote that the Women’s […]]]>

The head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland penned an op-ed criticizing a bill to codify abortion access that failed last week, his first public statement on the issue in two weeks since a bill leaked opinion suggested the U.S. Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade.

Bishop Robert Deeley wrote that the Women’s Health Protection Act would have removed legal protections for health care providers who refuse to perform abortions because of their religious beliefs. Senator Susan Collins of Maine made a similar point when she voted against the bill last week. But Democrats, including Maine Sen. Angus King, disputed that claim and said the bill would not have forced anyone to perform abortions.

Bishop Robert Deeley, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, leads a prayer during Hands Around the Capitol at the Maine State House in Augusta in January. Participants oppose Roe v. Wade who legalized abortion nationwide. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

The bill failed in a vote close to the party line, but the Bishop said he was writing about it now “to emphasize the paramount importance of religious liberty.” Congress will likely consider other legislation to enshrine the 50-year-old precedent into federal law. A spokesperson for the diocese did not respond to an email earlier this month asking for the Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion, and the bishop did not address the court’s impending decision in his editorial.

The bishop argued that the bill would have nullified federal employment protections for providers who refuse to perform abortions for religious reasons, so those people could be forced to go against it. of their beliefs in order to keep their jobs.

“The WHPA invalidates federal and state laws that offer religious freedom protections to health care providers,” Deeley wrote. “And these provisions do not only apply to institutions. The WHPA would reduce the protection of the conscience of individuals. This means that a nurse who thinks the abortion is wrong can still be forced to participate.

Proponents and advocates of abortion rights disagreed. They said the bill would not undermine protections that exist in federal and Maine law for health care providers who object to the procedure.

“The bill is written to create a protected right for people who want to provide abortion care,” said Nicole Clegg, senior vice president of public affairs for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and Planned Parenthood Maine Action. fund. “It does not make it mandatory for people who do not want it to be available. It’s a bit like the right to vote where people can decide whether or not they want to exercise that right and vote.

All 50 Republicans and one Democrat – Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia – voted against passing the Women’s Health Protection Act. A spokeswoman for Collins pointed to the Reproductive Choice Act, an alternative she introduced in February with Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and said she was also working on a separate bill with the Democratic senator. Virginia’s Tim Kaine.

Bishop did not respond to questions about whether he would support other Collins-drafted proposals that would codify abortion rights but also address his concerns about religious objectors.


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Prominent Roman Catholic Bishop Munyanyi dies aged 66 https://garibaldirosario.org/prominent-roman-catholic-bishop-munyanyi-dies-aged-66/ Sun, 15 May 2022 07:49:23 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/prominent-roman-catholic-bishop-munyanyi-dies-aged-66/ By James Muonwa The Roman Catholic Church was plunged into mourning following the death of prominent Bishop Emeritus Martin Munyanyi on Sunday morning. He was 66 years old. The towering cleric of Gweru Diocese collapsed and died at his home in Shurugwi in circumstances that are still unclear. The Vicar General of Gweru Diocese, Reverend […]]]>

By James Muonwa


The Roman Catholic Church was plunged into mourning following the death of prominent Bishop Emeritus Martin Munyanyi on Sunday morning.

He was 66 years old.

The towering cleric of Gweru Diocese collapsed and died at his home in Shurugwi in circumstances that are still unclear.

The Vicar General of Gweru Diocese, Reverend Father Simon Mavhiya has confirmed Munyanyi’s death.

“To all priests, religious brothers and sisters and all lay faithful, dear brothers, my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, it is with a heavy heart to announce the sudden passing of Bishop Emeritus Martin Munyanyi of the Diocese of Gweru, who collapsed and died at his home in Shurugwi,” Reverend Mavhiya said.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed in May 2006 Munyanyi the new bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Gweru.

He succeeded the late Bishop Francis Xavier Mugadzi as Bishop of the over 196,000 Catholics in Gweru Diocese.

Munyanyi was born on January 3, 1956, in the district of Bikita, province of Masvingo then in the diocese of Gweru.

He attended Beardmore Mine Elementary School and Silveira Mission School before traveling to Chishawasha to study for the priesthood and was later ordained a priest on September 3, 1983.

Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.

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Fugitive Slave Chapel campaign receives $5,000 boost from Roman Catholic Diocese https://garibaldirosario.org/fugitive-slave-chapel-campaign-receives-5000-boost-from-roman-catholic-diocese/ Fri, 13 May 2022 21:30:49 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/fugitive-slave-chapel-campaign-receives-5000-boost-from-roman-catholic-diocese/ Breadcrumb Links Local News The fundraising campaign for the relocation of London’s Fugitive Slave Chapel received a boost this week with a $5,000 donation from the Roman Catholic Diocese of London. A fundraising campaign to move the Fugitive Slave Chapel to the Fanshawe Pioneer Village received a boost this week from the Roman Catholic Diocese […]]]>

The fundraising campaign for the relocation of London’s Fugitive Slave Chapel received a boost this week with a $5,000 donation from the Roman Catholic Diocese of London.

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The fundraising campaign for the relocation of London’s Fugitive Slave Chapel received a boost this week with a $5,000 donation from the Roman Catholic Diocese of London.

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“We appreciate that our support will allow future generations to experience this important part of Canada’s history and the role that chapels like this played in helping those who fled slavery to settle after finding freedom in the North,” Bishop Ronald Fabbro said.

The check was accepted by Christina Lord and Carl Cadogan of the Campaign Steering Committee and Tom Peace, Chairman of the Fanshawe Pioneer Village Board, where the chapel will be relocated.

Peace said the campaign to bring the chapel to the pioneer village of Fanshawe and restore it “is progressing well towards our goal of $300,000.” He added that he hopes to make more announcements about the effort soon.

Dawn Miskelly, left, executive director of Fanshawe Pioneer Village, and Christina Lord, member of London's Black History Coordinating Committee, point to the proposed location of the Fugitive Slave Chapel between the village's log school and the blacksmith shop.  A campaign was launched in February to raise $300,000 to move the chapel from its current location on Gray Street to the Pioneer Village.  (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press)
Dawn Miskelly, left, executive director of Fanshawe Pioneer Village, and Christina Lord, member of London’s Black History Coordinating Committee, point to the proposed location of the Fugitive Slave Chapel between the village’s log school and the blacksmith shop. A campaign was launched in February to raise $300,000 to move the chapel from its current location on Gray Street to the Pioneer Village. (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press)

“We are grateful to have the opportunity to support this worthy project to help preserve the history of Black communities that have existed in southwestern Ontario for two centuries,” added Fabbro.

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The fundraising campaign kicked off on February 1 to coincide with Black History Month.

Once raised, the money will help move the chapel to a location in Fanshawe Pioneer Village, a living history site with more than 30 buildings on its grounds in north east London.

The structure was once part of the Underground Railroad, which helped runaway slaves flee the United States to southwestern Ontario. Many pioneering black communities sprang up here during and after the slavery abolition movement and before the American Civil War.

A designated heritage building, the Fugitive Slave Chapel is now at 430 Gray Street in Beth Emanuel, a British Methodist Episcopal Church which is the chapel’s daughter church. The chapel was moved there from Thames Street in 2014, saving it from demolition. Pastor Dan Morand said last year that a restoration project was “completely on hold” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Catholic cardinal and others arrested over Hong Kong security law : NPR https://garibaldirosario.org/catholic-cardinal-and-others-arrested-over-hong-kong-security-law-npr/ Thu, 12 May 2022 07:50:26 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/catholic-cardinal-and-others-arrested-over-hong-kong-security-law-npr/ Outspoken Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen, center, and other religious protesters hold signs reading “Respect religious freedom” during a protest outside the China Liaison Office in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July 11, 2012. Kin Cheung/AP hide caption toggle caption Kin Cheung/AP Outspoken Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen, center, and other religious protesters hold signs reading “Respect […]]]>

Outspoken Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen, center, and other religious protesters hold signs reading “Respect religious freedom” during a protest outside the China Liaison Office in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July 11, 2012.

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Outspoken Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen, center, and other religious protesters hold signs reading “Respect religious freedom” during a protest outside the China Liaison Office in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July 11, 2012.

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HONG KONG — A 90-year-old Roman Catholic cardinal, a singer and at least two other people have been arrested in Hong Kong on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces to endanger China’s national security, in an action widely condemned as an additional sign from Beijing. erosion of rights in the city.

The arrests further expand a sweeping crackdown on all forms of dissent in the city that appears increasingly vindictive in continuing actions taken before the national security law was enacted. The crackdown is increasingly penetrating the city’s longstanding economic, religious and educational institutions, as well as non-governmental organizations, many of which have shut down their operations in Hong Kong.

A police statement said arrests were made on Wednesday of two men and two women aged between 45 and 90 who were trustees of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which provided legal aid to people who took part in the protests. democracy of 2019 which were canceled by security forces.

Another person, identified only as a 37-year-old man, was cited for failing to properly register the fund, which closed in 2021. Those arrested had been ordered to hand over their travel documents and would be released under caution.

Further arrests in the case are ongoing, said the statement from police, who did not identify those detained by name.

“Police investigations show that the above-mentioned persons are all trustees of the ‘612 Humanitarian Support Fund’, suspected of making requests from foreign or overseas agencies, to impose sanctions on the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong (and) endanger national security,” the statement said.

Those involved have been identified by rights groups as Cardinal Joseph Zen, singer-actress Denise Ho, lawyer Margaret Ng, academic Hui Po-keung and former Legislative Council member Cyd Ho Saulan. It was unclear if Hui had been officially arrested. Zen was seen leaving a police station shortly before midnight on Wednesday.

Dozens of pro-democracy activists have been arrested under a sweeping national security law imposed on the city by Beijing in 2020 following the protests, including veteran lawmaker Martin Lee and publisher Jimmy Lai. The city’s independent media has been gutted and its legislature reorganized to fill it with Beijing loyalists.

Zen, the retired archbishop of Hong Kong, is a fierce critic of China and has been scathing in his condemnation of the Vatican’s 2018 deal with Beijing on bishops’ appointments, which he says was a betrayal of underground Christians in China.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said the Holy See “learned with concern the news of Cardinal Zen’s arrest and is following developments with extreme attention.”

Ho was also outspoken in his defense of civil and political rights. Her manager, Jelly Cheng, confirmed Ho’s arrest but said she had no further information.

Hui was arrested at Hong Kong International Airport as he sought to leave the city, British human rights group Hong Kong Watch said.

“Today’s arrests are a clear signal that Beijing intends to intensify its crackdown on fundamental rights and freedoms in Hong Kong,” said the group’s chief executive, Benedict Rogers.

“We urge the international community to shed light on this brutal crackdown and call for the immediate release of these activists,” Rogers said.

The White House also called on authorities in China and Hong Kong to stop targeting Hong Kong defenders and immediately release Zen and others “wrongfully detained and charged,” Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Wednesday.

Several prominent Kong Kong activists have fled to Taiwan, Britain or elsewhere, while thousands of other Hong Kongers have chosen to leave the city, raising concerns about the economic future of the Asian financial center of 7.4 million inhabitants.

The arrests follow Sunday’s selection of new Hong Kong chief John Lee, a former hardline security chief who ran unopposed in a Beijing-controlled process and faces US sanctions for his role in the 2019 crackdown and the events that followed.

The European Union and the foreign ministers of the industrialized countries of the Group of Seven – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States – condemned the election as fundamentally undemocratic and a betrayal of the “one country, two systems” principle under which Hong Kong was supposed to retain its own political, legal and economic system for 50 years after the end of British colonial rule.

Maya Wang, Human Rights Watch’s senior China researcher, said Zen’s arrest for his peaceful activities “must be a shocking new low for Hong Kong, illustrating the plummeting human rights in the city in the over the past two years”.

Zen’s arrest marks “the darkest day yet in the Chinese Communist Party’s gradual destruction of the vitality of Hong Kong and is likely to prompt a re-examination by the Vatican of its years-long diplomatic engagement with Beijing in the subject of the ordination of bishops,” said Lionel Jensen, an associate professor of East Asian languages ​​and cultures at the University of Notre Dame, who helped bring Zen to the American school in 2019. .

The arrests were also condemned by US politicians, with Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, saying it showed the ruling Communist Party and its leader Xi Jinping were “afraid of truth tellers and qualify them as threats”. national security.”

Xi is “absolutely terrified of a 90-year-old Catholic cardinal. Xi is a pathetic coward,” Sasse said in a statement.

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Church neglected to consult Bridgeport neighborhood https://garibaldirosario.org/church-neglected-to-consult-bridgeport-neighborhood/ Wed, 11 May 2022 10:27:40 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/church-neglected-to-consult-bridgeport-neighborhood/ Zoning battles are not new to Bridgeport. Well-connected candidates, promoters and lawyers are pitted against unrepresented neighborhood groups, trying to convey the message that his home is his castle. A battle commands attention these days. Connecticut Post scribe Brian Lockhart covered Bishop Caggiano’s plan to turn Bridgeport’s Roman Catholic diocesan center on Jewett Avenue into […]]]>

Zoning battles are not new to Bridgeport.

Well-connected candidates, promoters and lawyers are pitted against unrepresented neighborhood groups, trying to convey the message that his home is his castle.

A battle commands attention these days. Connecticut Post scribe Brian Lockhart covered Bishop Caggiano’s plan to turn Bridgeport’s Roman Catholic diocesan center on Jewett Avenue into a two-year college, Bellarmine College. Local residents oppose this project citing congestion and traffic problems.

The center is located in Residence Zone A in the north of the city, District 134. City Council Member Michelle Lyons, who represents that district on the City Council, led this battle.


On December 29, attorney Ray Rizio, on behalf of Bishop Caggiano, filed an application with the Planning and Zoning Commission requesting a special permit to change the use of the center from the administrative headquarters to a college of two years to serve disadvantaged students in Bridgeport.

The application states that Bellarmine College would provide Jesuit education in association with Fairfield University. The Bishop’s Bellarmine campus fact sheet states “no more than 100 students on campus at any one time…campus will have no overnight residence.”

Long-time North End residents remember that Sacred Heart University was promoted years ago by Bishop Curtis as a “commuter college.”

How did it end?

Caggiano and his team have been working on this plan for years. However, the neighborhood was not made aware of this effort to place a college in their dense and congested neighborhood until the application appeared on the P&Z calendar in February.

Pending a public hearing by P&Z on that request, attorney Russell Liskov, a former assistant city attorney turned consultant, issued a two-paragraph notice to city zoning official Dennis Buckley. Liskov said he had “reviewed the application” for use of the property by Fairfield University. He also said he had reviewed “prior approvals” that allowed the property to be used as an educational site.

He concluded that Bellarmine College could be approved as a matter or a right. Translated, this means there was no need to hold a public hearing and listen to neighbors defend their land values ​​in order to greenlight the project.

In Bridgeport zoning matters, insiders never do in broad daylight what they can accomplish without public participation or scrutiny.

Buckley accepted Liskov’s opinion and contacted Lyons to inform him of his decision. He said the issue would be “taken off the P&Z agenda.” In other words, no hearing would take place.

Fortunately, the neighbors fought back.

Lyons and Lisa Williams, a neighbor, appealed Buckley’s decision to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Buckley, the official who made the decision, is also the registrar of the Zoning Board of Appeals, the agency to which the appeal is directed. The ZBA will render a decision on its decision.

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To complicate the issue, Liskov is the legal adviser to the P&Z and the ZBA.

City Attorney Christopher Meyer weighed in on the controversy on the last business day before the scheduled public hearing. He issued an opinion canceling Liskov. Meyer’s opinion agreed with the analysis contained in Lyon’s call to the ZBA. He was of the opinion that the zoning regulations in effect at the time of the application prohibited the use of the property as a college or university.

However, the issue was not resolved and the request was not withdrawn.

The Bishop continued his campaign of not-so-veiled threats directed at the neighborhood. During the bishop’s briefing, neighbors were repeatedly told that the diocese could not afford to maintain the property in its limited use. It needs funds to move forward.

If we are not allowed to move forward with this plan, we will have no choice but to develop this land with a project of 300 condominium units, threatened by the diocese.

In other words, we can make your situation worse if you don’t cooperate.

In a 2019 accountability report to the diocese, paid by the diocese, retired judge Robert Holzberg, of the law firm Pullman & Comley, referred to the total amount paid by the diocese in settlement of the acts of the wandering priests towards minors. As painful as it may be to remember, people in the pews of this diocese have been asked to pay out more than $56 million in settlements of claims filed by victims of clergy sex abuse.

Unfortunately and tragically, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport faces serious financial challenges. It is true that the diocese, like any business, needs funds to continue to operate. Fairfield University’s plan to renovate the property and secure funds to cover day-to-day operations expenses through Pell Grants to underprivileged students in Bridgeport looks like a win-win situation.

Too bad no one thought of the neighbours, the people who live there, the people who will be directly impacted by the traffic, the lack of free space and the violation of their right to the peaceful enjoyment of their property.

But that’s how it is when people in power make decisions for those who don’t have the resources to defend themselves. It just hurts a little more when those who make the decisions present themselves as “standing with Christ”.

Carmen L. Lopez is a retired Superior Court judge.

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