- Jun 3, 2020
Bishop George Murry, the head of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, says St. Peter Claver is a model for understanding that hard work and perseverance is required to combat the sin of racism. The Spanish-born Jesuit priest dedicated his life to ministering to people enslaved by the African slave trade in the 1600s in what is now Colombia.
“We don’t want our historic church to be destroyed,” said Jesse Lovelace, a member of a group trying to restore the church. “I’ve gotten to love that church for its beauty. Its historical significance just means a whole way of life in this town to me, and that’s unique. It’s almost like a culture disappearing when the church goes.”
President Donald Trump declared Sunday a National Day of Prayer for Harvey victims and recovery efforts in Texas and Louisiana. In his official proclamation he called on “Americans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers today for all those harmed by Hurricane Harvey.”
In an effort to engage adult Catholics and convince them to apply a “fraction of that inquisitive fervor” that they have for secular things like the NFL, Matt Swaim has created ‘Catholic Puzzles.” It contains interactive word problems such as anagrams, code scrambles and crypto quizzes. The puzzles empower readers to learn more about saints, the mysteries of the rosary, Holy Scripture, and Church doctrine.
Catholic bishops around the country are writing to the Trump administration in an effort to convince the president to continue with DACA until comprehensive immigration reform can be achieved. The bishops of Arizona and New Mexico as well as Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles have been particularly vocal.
A bill is making its way through California government that would compel workers to refer to residents in nursing homes and long-term care facilities by their preferred pronouns. The bill would also mandate that facilities allow residents room assignments and bathroom preferences based on gender identity rather than biological sex. Some are asking if this is a solution looking for a problem.