Catholic mass – Garibaldi Rosario http://garibaldirosario.org/ Tue, 05 Jul 2022 12:37:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://garibaldirosario.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-69.png Catholic mass – Garibaldi Rosario http://garibaldirosario.org/ 32 32 Exclusive: Pope hopes deal with China on bishops will soon be renewed https://garibaldirosario.org/exclusive-pope-hopes-deal-with-china-on-bishops-will-soon-be-renewed/ Tue, 05 Jul 2022 09:30:00 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/exclusive-pope-hopes-deal-with-china-on-bishops-will-soon-be-renewed/ Vatican-China deal gives pope final say on appointment of bishops Critics say he welcomes Beijing’s communist government Pope says patient diplomacy paid off in Cold War 2018 provisional contract to be renewed in October VATICAN CITY, July 5 (Reuters) – Pope Francis has said that while the Vatican’s secret and disputed agreement with China on […]]]>
  • Vatican-China deal gives pope final say on appointment of bishops
  • Critics say he welcomes Beijing’s communist government
  • Pope says patient diplomacy paid off in Cold War
  • 2018 provisional contract to be renewed in October

VATICAN CITY, July 5 (Reuters) – Pope Francis has said that while the Vatican’s secret and disputed agreement with China on the appointment of Roman Catholic bishops is not ideal, he hopes it can be renewed in October because the Church has a long-term vision.

Relations with China were one of many ecclesiastical and international topics the 85-year-old pontiff addressed in an exclusive interview with Reuters at his Vatican residence on July 2.

The deal, which was first struck in 2018 and has to be renewed every two years, was aimed at bridging a long-standing rift across mainland China between an underground flock loyal to the pope and an official church backed by the state.

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Both parties now recognize the pope as supreme head of the Catholic Church.

The agreement, which is still tentative, focuses on cooperation over the appointment of bishops, giving the pope the final say. Its details have not been made public.

“The agreement is progressing well and I hope that in October it can be renewed,” said Francis.

COMPARISON WITH THE SOVIET BLOCK

Francis defended the deal as the art of working with the little available and trying to make it better.

He compared his opponents to those who criticized Popes John XXII and Paul VI in the 1960s and 1970s over the so-called policy of small steps in which the Vatican made sometimes uncomfortable deals with the communist nations of Eastern Europe to keep the Church alive during the Cold War and limit its persecution there.

“Diplomacy is like that. When you face a stuck situation, you have to find the possible way, not the ideal way, to get out of it,” Francis said.

“Diplomacy is the art of the possible and doing things to make the possible become a reality,” he said.

The chief architect of Vatican policy toward the Eastern Communist bloc was Agostino Casaroli, a diplomat who served under three popes between 1961 and 1990 and ended his career as secretary of state.

“Many people have said so many things against John XXIII, against Paul VI, against Casaroli,” Francis said.

Casaroli’s critics have accused him of dealing with an unholy enemy, but most historians agree that his work kept the Church alive in Eastern Europe until the wall came down. from Berlin in 1989.

Comparing the current situation to that before 1989, Francis said his appointment of bishops in China since 2018 “is going slowly, but they are being appointed.”

Only six new bishops have been appointed since the agreement, which, according to its opponents, proves that it does not produce the expected effects. Additionally, the agreement regularized the position of seven bishops who had been ordained before 2018 without Vatican approval.

The pope called the slow process “the Chinese way,” because the Chinese have this sense of time that no one can rush them.”

VOCAL OPPOSITION

One of the most vocal opponents of the deal is Cardinal Joseph Zen, 90, a former archbishop of Hong Kong, who was briefly arrested there in a national security case in May.

“The Vatican may have acted in good faith, but they

made a reckless decision,” Zen told a gathering of 300 people in

a small neighborhood church on Hong Kong Island last month.

Zen at the time was praying for “brothers and sisters who cannot attend Mass in any form tonight – because they have no freedom now.”

Zen and others have accused the Vatican of turning a blind eye to human rights abuses in China. The Vatican says it needs the means to enter into dialogue with Beijing.

The Vatican-China deal sparked a diplomatic spat with the United States in 2020 when former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a conservative Catholic newspaper article and series of Tweets, accused the Vatican of ‘having put his “moral authority” on the line.

The Vatican has rebuked Pompeo, saying he was trying to drag the Holy See into the U.S. presidential campaign, in which the Republican Party’s anti-China policies figured prominently.

The level of freedom for Catholics in China since the agreement varies by region.

“They (the Chinese) also have their own problems because it’s not the same situation in all parts of the country. It (the treatment of Catholics) also depends on local leaders,” Francis said.

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Hillsborough Catholic parish vandalized with ‘F*CK THE CHURCH’ and ‘I love abortion’ https://garibaldirosario.org/hillsborough-catholic-parish-vandalized-with-fck-the-church-and-i-love-abortion/ Sun, 03 Jul 2022 17:40:30 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/hillsborough-catholic-parish-vandalized-with-fck-the-church-and-i-love-abortion/ In the early morning of Sunday, June 3, vandals targeted Holy Family Catholic Church in Hillsborough, North Carolina with anti-Christian and pro-abortion messages in bright yellow spray paint. Those arriving for morning services had to pass a large message of “F*CK THE CHURCH”, which was painted directly between the two main entrances. In the parking […]]]>

In the early morning of Sunday, June 3, vandals targeted Holy Family Catholic Church in Hillsborough, North Carolina with anti-Christian and pro-abortion messages in bright yellow spray paint.

Those arriving for morning services had to pass a large message of “F*CK THE CHURCH”, which was painted directly between the two main entrances. In the parking lot, there was a message that said, “I love abortion,” and on a concrete wall, there was a symbol of anarchy.

The parish priest, Fr. Ryan Elder, said he could not comment on the press due to diocesan politics, but did address the issue during his homily.

The Gospel reading for the week was taken from Luke 10, where Jesus sends his disciples to different cities to proclaim the Kingdom of Heaven. He said some would receive them and celebrate their message, while others would meet them with hatred and oppose the message. Prof. Elder said the vandalism showed that this remains true to the present day when people present “the full Gospel”.

A church board member said the incident was reported to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the parish has active video cameras.

On July 3 at 1 p.m., parishioners also gathered to clean up the mess and pray for those who had vandalized the property, for pregnant women in crisis, and for the nation.

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Sight Magazine – Catholic Church: First Cardinal of the Amazon Rainforest https://garibaldirosario.org/sight-magazine-catholic-church-first-cardinal-of-the-amazon-rainforest/ Sat, 02 Jul 2022 02:30:10 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/sight-magazine-catholic-church-first-cardinal-of-the-amazon-rainforest/ July 02, 2022 FABIANO MAISONNAVE and NICOLE WINFIELD Rio de Janeiro, BrazilPA When the Archbishop of the Brazilian city of Manaus, Leonardo Steiner, kneels before Pope Francis on August 27, the Brazilian cleric will go down in history as the first cardinal to come from the Amazon region. “Communities feel that the distance between Rome […]]]>

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When the Archbishop of the Brazilian city of Manaus, Leonardo Steiner, kneels before Pope Francis on August 27, the Brazilian cleric will go down in history as the first cardinal to come from the Amazon region.

“Communities feel that the distance between Rome and the Amazon is now smaller,” Steiner told The Associated Press in a written interview. “Perhaps this is the reason for the joy of the Amazon people at Pope Francis’ decision.”

Secretary General of Brazil’s National Bishops’ Conference Leonardo Steiner speaks in Brasilia, Brazil, March 13, 2013. When Steiner kneels before Pope Francis on August 27, the Brazilian cleric will enter the history as the first cardinal to come from the Amazon. PHOTO: AP Photo/Eraldo Peres/File Photo.

Steiner attributed his selection to four priorities of the pope: the desire to do more missionary work in the Amazon and to be attentive to the poor; caring for the Amazon “as our common home” and being a church that “knows how to contribute to the autonomy of indigenous peoples”.

Spanning nine countries, the Amazon region is larger than the European Union. It is home to 34 million people, including more than three million indigenous people, belonging to about 400 ethnic groups, according to the Catholic Church.

Steiner attributed his selection to four priorities of the pope: the desire to do more missionary work in the Amazon and to be attentive to the poor; caring for the Amazon “as our common home” and being a church that “knows how to contribute to the autonomy of indigenous peoples”.

There is a religious lens through which to view the acute environmental struggles also unfolding in the region: The Catholic Church’s socio-environmental agenda is a contentious issue with many Brazilian Pentecostal churches. These have a powerful caucus in the Brazilian parliament and have passed the pro-agribusiness beef caucus in Congress. Pentecostals and beef industry advocates belong to President Jair Bolsonaro’s far-right political base.

Cardinals are the most senior clergy under the pope. Often referred to as “red hats” because of the color of their caps, they serve as papal advisers. More importantly, together they select every pope, the leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics.

For Church watchers, it will come as no surprise that Francis eventually appointed an Amazonian cardinal, given the importance the region had to his papacy and the attention he gave it.

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Trees stand along a burned area, left, of the Amazon rainforest in Prainha, Para state, Brazil. PHOTO: AP Photo/Leo Correa/File Photo.

Francis was first moved by the fate of the vast Amazon basin in 2007, during the conference of the Episcopal Council of Latin American Bishops, according to Brazilian priest and historian José Oscar Beozzo. Francis was then Archbishop of Buenos Aires and helped write the official record of the conference. The final text pleads for the preservation of the Amazon and Antarctica.

Francis then consecrated an entire synod, or meeting, of bishops in the region in 2019. In his environmental awakening, crystallized in his 2015 encyclical Praised be you, he campaigns for the preservation of the region’s biodiversity and presents the indigenous peoples as guardians of the forest. In 2018 he also visited Madre de Dios, a region of the Peruvian Amazon devastated by illegal mining and logging.

The pope appointed Steiner archbishop of Manaus right after the end of the Amazon synod, appealing to a Franciscan who clearly shares the same philosophy and ideology as the pope’s namesake, St. Francis. The pope may have noticed Steiner because he held a prominent position in the Brazilian episcopal conference and served as its general secretary from 2011 to 2019. He also has serious Roman credentials, having served as general secretary from the Pontifical Antonianum University of the Franciscans in Rome, one of the main pontifical universities.



The Amazon Synod was also marked by the theft of three indigenous statues of a naked pregnant woman, which were part of a procession to the Vatican at the start of the meeting. Conservative critics had castigated the synod’s “pagan” prayers and idolatry, and early one morning thieves entered a church in the Vatican area where the statues were on display and threw them into the Tiber.

Francis publicly apologized to the Indigenous leaders present for the theft, and the statues were dredged from the river in time for the meeting to end. One was placed prominently in the synod hall while the synod fathers voted on the final recommendations.

The main thief, an Austrian far-right activist Alexander Tschugguel, became something of a celebrity within the traditionalist opposition to Francis because of the stunt. In the years that followed, the coup itself came to crystallize the distaste that conservatives and traditionalists have for this Pope, where even crimes are justified to save the faithful from his “heresy”.

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French President Francois Hollande, left, holds a box containing an international petition to support the climate talks as he poses with Bishop of Salisbury Nicholas Holtam, second left, Augustine Njamnshi of Cameroon Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance, Brazilian Bishop Leonardo Steiner and an unidentified representative of a group of pilgrims at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Thursday, December 10, 2015. PHOTO: AP Photo/Michel Euler/Pool/File Photo .

The Catholic Church’s relationship with the Amazon began in 1617 when Franciscan missionaries arrived in the coastal region of Belém. Their opposition to the enslavement of indigenous peoples strained relations with the Portuguese authorities, who expelled Catholic missionaries from the region three times, the last in 1759.

At first, Catholic denominations required missionaries to learn indigenous languages ​​to work in the Amazon and spread Christianity. Jesuit priests went so far as to create Nheengatu, a language based on the indigenous Tupi language adapted with Portuguese words and grammar. For a time it became the most common language in the Amazon and remains spoken in some areas.

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For Beozzo, the historian, Pope Francis promotes a sort of “patriarchate” in the Amazon, similar to the five patriarchates in places like Jerusalem and Constantinople in the early Middle Ages, an effort to elevate the status of the Amazon within Catholic Church. structure.

The synod, the 2020 creation of the Ecclesial Conference of the Amazon Region and now Steiner’s elevation are all part of Francis’ goal to bring the world’s largest rainforest to center stage, Beozzo said. .

“His choice marks a very important moment to consider the Amazon as a region with its own church dynamic, which welcomes the importance of the indigenous peoples of the region.”

Steiner, 71, is one of 21 new cardinals announced by Pope Francis in late May. They include Giorgio Marengo, who served as the Apostolic Prefect of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Robert McElroy, Bishop of San Diego and Peter Okpaleke, Bishop of Ekwulobia, Nigeria.

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Marion Kessler Obituary – Times Record https://garibaldirosario.org/marion-kessler-obituary-times-record/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 20:08:06 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/marion-kessler-obituary-times-record/ Marion Kessel Marion M. Kessler, who resided in Charleston, Arkansas, died Monday, June 27, 2022 at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith. She was born on April 10, 1934 in Richmond Hill, New York to the late August V. Schrempp and Nora C. (Englert) Schrempp. She was 88 years old. She was predeceased by her husband, […]]]>

Marion Kessel

Marion M. Kessler, who resided in Charleston, Arkansas, died Monday, June 27, 2022 at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith. She was born on April 10, 1934 in Richmond Hill, New York to the late August V. Schrempp and Nora C. (Englert) Schrempp. She was 88 years old. She was predeceased by her husband, Herman A. Kessler; one son, Kenneth Kessler; and a sister, Nora Palarino.

Marion married Herman Kessler on May 17, 1953 at St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church in Elmont, New York. She was a former longtime resident of Pine Bush, New York. Marion has been the steadfast caregiver to many loved ones over the years. She loved crafts, knitting, listening to music, gardening, playing games like dominoes, skipbo and double solitaire.

Visits will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 2 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ratcliff. Rosary services will begin at 2:00 p.m. followed by the funeral, with Deacon Kenny Stengel and Father Norman McFall officiating. Interment will follow at St. Anthony Cemetery, under the direction of Brotherton Brothers Funeral Home and Flower Shop in Charleston.

She is survived by one son, Karl Kessler and his wife Gloria of Pine Bush, New York; two granddaughters, Mckenzie Kessler of Pine Bush and Sarah Kessler and fiancé Brendan of Ayer, Massachusetts; three nieces, Valerie Fitch and her husband Mark of Fort Smith, Christie Mahl and her husband Mike of Branch, and Mary Palarino and Cynthia of Seattle, Washington; a nephew, Dan Palarino and Tammy de Branch; one brother-in-law, Walter Kessler of Loganville, Georgia. She is survived by her carers, aka Marion’s Angels, Lisa Green and her husband Evan, Deleen Bradford and her husband Rick, Natalie Foster and her husband Chris, Jan Wurst and her husband Ronnie, Alaina Morris and her husband Derek, and Shawna Stengal and her husband Aaron.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation to Marion’s angels and her beloved nieces Valerie and Christie, for their wonderful loving care of Marion and the support they have given her family during these last years. Many thanks to the staff at Mercy Hospital ER and ICU for the attentive care they provided to Marion during her short stay.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Children’s Hospital of Arkansas, 1 Children’s Way, Little Rock, AR 72202 (501) 222-8571 or the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Association of your choice. To pay your respects online, please visit www.brothertonbrothersfuneralhomes.com.

Posted on June 29, 2022

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James A. Clabaugh Obituary – Evening Sun https://garibaldirosario.org/james-a-clabaugh-obituary-evening-sun/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 02:33:24 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/james-a-clabaugh-obituary-evening-sun/ James Anthony Clabaugh, 88, of Hanover, PA came into God’s eternal care on Saturday June 25, 2022. Born August 21, 1933 in Bonneauville, PA, he was the son of the late John M. and Anna A. (Sanders ) Clabaugh. James was the loving husband of Frances (Sneeringer) Clabaugh with whom he shared 68 years of […]]]>

James Anthony Clabaugh, 88, of Hanover, PA came into God’s eternal care on Saturday June 25, 2022. Born August 21, 1933 in Bonneauville, PA, he was the son of the late John M. and Anna A. (Sanders ) Clabaugh. James was the loving husband of Frances (Sneeringer) Clabaugh with whom he shared 68 years of marriage. James was a 1952 graduate of Delone Catholic Secondary School. He worked as a factory manager for Madison Square Furniture for 48 years until his retirement in 2004. James proudly served his country during the Korean conflict as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force, where he also received the National Defense Service Medal. than the Good Conduct Medal. James was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Hanover, Pennsylvania, and Catholic War Veterans Post 1342, Bonneauville, Pennsylvania. He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles football and Oakland A baseball fan. In addition to his wife Frances, James is survived by his children, Craig Clabaugh of Hanover, PA, Chad Clabaugh of York, PA, Maxine Hass of Palmyra, PA, and Maureen Shaffer of Hanover, PA; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Anna Sneeringer. He was predeceased by his siblings, John Clabaugh, Guy Clabaugh, Frank Clabaugh, Bernard Clabaugh, Clarence Clabaugh, Mildred Bowling, Mary Selby, Helen Oaster, Joe Clabaugh and Bob Clabaugh. A Christian Burial Mass will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, June 30, 2022, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 220 Third Street, Hanover, PA, with Father Joseph Gotwalt officiating. A visit will be held from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, June 30, 2022, at the church. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 220 Third Street, Hanover, PA 17331. The Kenworthy Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 269 Frederick Street, Hanover, PA is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.kenworthyfh.com.

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The Twilight of Pope Francis https://garibaldirosario.org/the-twilight-of-pope-francis/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/the-twilight-of-pope-francis/ Nothing else compared to the new pope’s obligation to deal with the anarchy infecting the priesthood and the hierarchy, and his 2019 declaration Vos Estis Lux Mundi (“You are the light of the world”), he was hailed by the church establishment for doing just that. But the decree’s fatal flaws in its response to covering […]]]>

Nothing else compared to the new pope’s obligation to deal with the anarchy infecting the priesthood and the hierarchy, and his 2019 declaration Vos Estis Lux Mundi (“You are the light of the world”), he was hailed by the church establishment for doing just that. But the decree’s fatal flaws in its response to covering up priestly abuse of children and others quickly became apparent: its new accountability structures required no public disclosure, required no reporting to civil authorities unless the civil law does not require it, and did not require any participation of the laity in the judgment of the crimes of priests and bishops. The most obvious (and protector of clerics) of Your Estis flaws is that it makes ecclesiastical self-surveillance compulsory: the bishops investigate their colleagues; the reporting of crimes committed by priests not to civil authorities, but to ecclesiastical offices long complicit; the Vatican alone determines the penalties. Who knows how many complicit prelates have been sanctioned in any way as part of this policy? Three years later, with Your Estis’ with the probationary period ending June 1, the Vatican has disclosed nothing about the bishops investigated, charged, or punished under its procedures. Rules of Omerta.

Pope Francis has denounced clericalism, the malignity that inflames it, but he has done nothing to uproot its sources in the sexually repressive all-male priesthood and the authoritarian system of ecclesiastical power to which this clerical culture is essential. And Francis has done nothing to address the misogyny that is at the heart of Catholic teaching on everything from birth control to reproductive biology to the purpose of marriage. Inhuman notions of sexuality, stemming from misinterpretations of the Adam and Eve story and reinforced by theologians like St. Augustine, serve to subjugate women. Such male supremacy is morally equivalent to white supremacy. Yet, by church officials and most Catholics, this remains undisputed.

Francis called the subject of women’s ordination a “closed door” and said a “No! resounding. to married priests. When, for example, the bishops of the Pan-Amazonian region voted overwhelmingly in 2019 to ask him to admit married deacons to the priesthood in order to overcome the severe shortage of priests in the region, Francis even refused to answer the question. request. That is to say, the bishops of the Amazon offered him a golden opportunity to take a step, however small, towards dismantling the toxic culture of clericalism – an opportunity from below, attacking a serious pastoral problem and advancing a diaconate, a subsidiary form of holy orders, which his immediate predecessors had already put forward as an instrument of change. Indeed, this approach could also have paved the way for the admission of women to the rank of ordinate. But Francis left intact the male and celibate priesthood, and with it the soul of clericalism – the pyramid of ecclesiastical power, the structure of abuse.

Here is the tragic irony: what the world needed most from Jorge Mario Bergoglio when he donned the legendary white cassock nine years ago was not his empathetic intervention in secular affairs, however urgent- them, but its firm progress in terms of reforms. in Catholic Church. Failing that, it reinforces within Catholicism the currents and the very values ​​to which it most opposes outside of it. Francis rebels against inequality, but inequality defines the being of the Church. He is the tribune of the poor, but by protecting the second-class status of women, he supports a global engine of poverty.

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The Charter: the Catholic Church takes an important step https://garibaldirosario.org/the-charter-the-catholic-church-takes-an-important-step/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 19:51:20 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/the-charter-the-catholic-church-takes-an-important-step/ This month, the Diocese of Grand Rapids hosted more than 150 Diocesan Safe Environment Coordinators and Victim Assistance Coordinators for the annual Catholic Child and Youth Welfare Leadership Conference. These individuals and their ministry are vitally important to the well-being and witness of the Catholic Church in this country. June marks the 20e anniversary of […]]]>

This month, the Diocese of Grand Rapids hosted more than 150 Diocesan Safe Environment Coordinators and Victim Assistance Coordinators for the annual Catholic Child and Youth Welfare Leadership Conference. These individuals and their ministry are vitally important to the well-being and witness of the Catholic Church in this country.

June marks the 20e anniversary of the “Charter for the protection of children and young people.The bishops of the United States promulgated the charter in response to Boston Globe reports that revealed sexual misconduct by clergy in the Catholic Church. This discovery led the American church to experience a crisis unparalleled in our time. But 20 years later, children and youth in the Catholic Church in the United States are now safer than ever.

Indeed, the charter (with its corresponding essential canonical norms) requires that each U.S. diocese appoint a victim assistance coordinator who is available for the immediate pastoral care of people who report being sexually abused as a minor by a priest, deacon, or church representative. The victim assistance coordinator informs the diocese of each report received and thus, in a concrete way, “starts the ball rolling” with regard to the mandatory reporting of such allegations. In addition, the dioceses report to the civil authorities all allegation, no matter how long ago it occurred.

The Security Environment Coordinator ensures that the Diocese accomplishes what the charter requires. This person is crucial in maintaining a safe environment for children and young people by ensuring that everyone who will come into contact with children – clergy, volunteers, staff and teachers – meets the following requirements. They must participate in a certified safe environment training program (Virtus), adhere to diocesan standards of ministerial behavior, pass periodic criminal background checks and, for some staff, have their fingerprints taken.

Each year, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops publishes an independent audit (conducted by Stonebridge Business Partners) of all dioceses, which among other things determines whether a diocese has been found to be in compliance with the charter. The Diocese of Grand Rapids has been found charter compliant in every annual audit since 2002. I take this certification of compliance very seriously and am grateful to the diocesan staff members who have ensured that our diocese implements the best environmental safety practices. . I would also like to thank our parishes and other Catholic institutions that are cooperating in this regard.

The latest audit (for the year 2020) documents that new cases of clergy sexual misconduct involving minors are rare today in the Catholic Church in the United States. There were 22 ongoing allegations nationwide involving minors. Six of these allegations were substantiated; seven continue to be investigated; two were unfounded; three could not be proven; and four were categorized as “other”. Although one allegation of abuse is too many, I believe we can conclude that the charter helps the church protect its younger members.

Abuse prevention, while essential, is not enough. The church must also look to those brothers and sisters who have survived abuse. I am saddened when I think of what they went through. These deep traumas impact their daily lives. I would like to once again express my sadness and sincere apologies to anyone who has suffered abuse at the hands of a representative of the Church. I remain committed to helping you heal from this abuse through prayer and other means of support.

The sexual abuse of minors has inflicted a horrific wound on the body of Christ, the church. Each day we must choose to rededicate and recommit ourselves to the safety of our young people and those of us who have been hurt in this way. May the Holy Spirit guide our efforts to protect and heal.

Bishop David J. Walkowiak is Bishop of Grand Rapids.

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Mary Jane Casper | News, Sports, Jobs https://garibaldirosario.org/mary-jane-casper-news-sports-jobs/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 06:34:02 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/mary-jane-casper-news-sports-jobs/ Mary Jane Casper, 85, of Lock Haven, died Friday June 17, 2022 at ProMedica Nursing Home, Jersey Shore. Born December 9, 1936 in Pottsville, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Kathryn Cunningham Barnisky. Mary Jane was raised in Tamaqua, graduating from Tamaqua High School before attending Bloomsburg State […]]]>


Mary Jane Casper, 85, of Lock Haven, died Friday June 17, 2022 at ProMedica Nursing Home, Jersey Shore.

Born December 9, 1936 in Pottsville, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Kathryn Cunningham Barnisky.

Mary Jane was raised in Tamaqua, graduating from Tamaqua High School before attending Bloomsburg State College where she met the love of her life. In July 1956, at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Tamaqua, she married Charles Casper, who survives Lock Haven.

Since 1959, Mary Jane had been a faithful member of Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, attending Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Lock Haven, where she was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

Mary Jane was employed at JC Penney’s in Lock Haven for several years before they closed in 1991.

She was an avid sports fan, especially the Phillies and Philadelphia Eagles, and enjoyed taking the train to Phillies games in Philadelphia with her mother and brother. She loved going to the beach all her life. Above all, Mary Jane loved the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Charles, she is survived by three daughters, Christy (John) Litchfield of Montoursville, Karen (Rick) Henry of Media and Kathy (Steve) Condo of Lock Haven; six grandchildren, Abby (Matt) Vanaskie, Brad (Kristen) Litchfield, Brian Henry, Kevin (Casey) Henry, Madeline Condo and Owen Condo; and five great-grandchildren, Charlie and Jack Vanaskie, Kennedy and Brayden Litchfield and Cameron Henry.

Besides her parents, Mary Jane was predeceased by a brother, Robert Barnisky.

A Christian Burial Mass will be held Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 310 W. Water St., Lock Haven, PA 17745 with Deacon Chip Young officiating.

Private interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Lock Haven.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, c/o Moriarty Funeral Home & Crematory, 112 E. Church St., Lock Haven, PA 17745.

Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.moriartyfuneral.com.


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Reviews | After the Southern Baptist Report on Sexual Abuse, How Can Churches Do Better? https://garibaldirosario.org/reviews-after-the-southern-baptist-report-on-sexual-abuse-how-can-churches-do-better/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 15:15:04 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/reviews-after-the-southern-baptist-report-on-sexual-abuse-how-can-churches-do-better/ I think there are really two important parts to this question. There is the political question: on a very practical level, what should I do? You should report this allegation to the police if it involves child abuse. As soon as the police have been notified and the alleged perpetrator knows that the police have […]]]>

I think there are really two important parts to this question.

There is the political question: on a very practical level, what should I do? You should report this allegation to the police if it involves child abuse. As soon as the police have been notified and the alleged perpetrator knows that the police have been notified, you must inform the church and protect the identity of the survivors. Let your congregation know in every way possible: “Here are the allegations that have been made. Here is the informations. If you hold a piece of this puzzle, here is where you are going.

Notifying the congregation does not pass judgment. It is not accepting an allegation as if it were true. You don’t take that person out of the church just because there was an allegation, for example. What you are doing is opening the door for due process to take place, for all aspects of history to come forward.

On top of that, most of the time the church will need help in coming to some sort of factual determination. The average time to obtain a conviction is two to three years. What will the church do in the meantime? Does this allow the abuser to continue coming to church without any restrictions? Does he help survivors? If you’re taking steps to help survivors, to help them get therapy, to guide them, then you take a certain amount of determination, don’t you? If you are going to impose restrictions on the person accused of abuse, then you are going to have to reach a certain level of determination in order to do anything meaningful. It is therefore very useful for churches to obtain an outside consultation or investigation by a qualified company with expertise in sexual abuse and church dynamics.

That being said, when it comes to what churches really need to do, we need to start by understanding our theology and knowing how to apply it well to abuse and abusive dynamics. For a very long time, evangelicals have been incredibly negligent in getting any form of outside help or expertise to understand abuse and abusive dynamics. And they have been incredibly negligent in their exegesis of passages related to biblical justice. We have not understood our own theology of justice and forgiveness. The gospel must impact our relationship with those who have been hurt, who have been oppressed, who are victimized, who are vulnerable.

We often have a very twisted understanding of authority and unity, and it is exercised in a way that keeps whistleblowers quiet and turns them into bad guys for speaking the truth. The dynamic of the church is kind of unique, because when you start talking about these things, a lot of the time the response is that you want to destroy God’s church. You must be there to destroy the men of God. And so the immediate presumption is “You are attacking my theology.” And my answer to that is, “No. I don’t attack Scripture, I don’t attack theology. I’ll call you back at this.”

But if we don’t start addressing the theological errors that drive the actions we see in the church, we’re going to keep making the same mistakes no matter how many times we lay out the practical steps that need to be taken. Our ideas guide our actions.

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Ancient book returned to Catholic Church in Scotland after police action https://garibaldirosario.org/ancient-book-returned-to-catholic-church-in-scotland-after-police-action/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 15:59:37 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/ancient-book-returned-to-catholic-church-in-scotland-after-police-action/ P Police worked with their counterparts in Italy and the Netherlands to recover a centuries-old book that was illegally taken from a collection belonging to the Catholic Church in Scotland. Cardinal Bellerine’s book of sermons dates from 1605, the copy in question having been donated to the church in Glasgow in the early 1900s. It […]]]>
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Police worked with their counterparts in Italy and the Netherlands to recover a centuries-old book that was illegally taken from a collection belonging to the Catholic Church in Scotland.

Cardinal Bellerine’s book of sermons dates from 1605, the copy in question having been donated to the church in Glasgow in the early 1900s.

It is unclear exactly when it was removed from collection, but it came to the attention of officers when it was found for sale on a Dutch website in September 2020.

It was sold to a buyer in Italy, but because it is contrary to canon law – the system of laws and ecclesiastical legal principles developed and applied by the Catholic Church – to alienate church property, the forces of the order of the country seized him.

We don’t know how it came to be sold online, but it’s now back where it belongs with a fascinating story of its journey.

Inquiries into the book revealed that a priest had gifted it to the Archdiocese of Glasgow

He was officially transferred to Scots College in Rome before being sent back to Scotland.

Detective Sergeant Billy Telford, of Police Scotland’s Scottish Heritage Crime Group, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the church and for all the officers involved in the investigation.

“It was a hugely interesting case to work on, tracing the book back to its roots here in Scotland.

“We don’t know how it came to be sold online, but it’s now back where it belongs with a fascinating story of its journey.”

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