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placeholder April 25, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 8   •   Oakland, CA

April 26-May 4: Lourdes pilgrimage, Knights of Malta

May 5: (Morning) Bishop’s Administrative Council, Chancery
       (Afternoon) 40th anniversary Mass, St. Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco

May 6: Clergy spring study day

May 7: Group confirmation, 9:30 a.m., Cathedral

May 8: Stational Mass, 10 a.m., Cathedral

May 11: CCC Religious Liberty Committee, Sacramento

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Stewardship meetings

Annual stewardship regional meetings for clergy, pastoral staff, pastoral and finance councils and stewardship committees are designed to give the tools needed to start, continue or review stewardship efforts at each parish. Materials will be available for purchase. Hospitality begins 30 minutes before listed start time. For more information, contact Ruby Muñoz at the diocesan Stewardship office, (510) 267-8358.

April 30, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Corpus Christi, Piedmont
May 3, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., All Saints, Hayward
May 4, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Cathedral Parish of Christ the Light, Oakland
May 5, 7-9 p.m. Corpus Christi, Fremont
May 10, 7-9 p.m., St. Raymond, Dublin
May 12, 7-9 p.m. St. Joseph, Pinole
May 14, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Most Holy Rosary, Antioch

Sacramental reminders

The Canon Law department reminds pastors and record keepers of the following regarding the recording of these sacraments:

Catechumens: Notation should be made in the Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation registers of the reception of these sacraments — cross-referencing the entries is highly suggested.

Candidates: The record of their profession of faith should be noted in the Baptismal register, with the date of the profession of faith put in the “date” column and a note of the church of baptism made in the “notations” column.

First Communion and Confirmation: In the registers, the “church of baptism” should be cross-referenced to the Catholic baptismal register of the profession of faith, not the other non-Catholic church of baptism.

If there are any questions regarding these procedures, contact Canon Law at (510) 267-8330.

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Cardinal Wuerl explains bishops’ teaching role

WASHINGTON — Bishops have a responsibility to teach the Catholic faith and preserve it “as it has been received and passed on” and thus are bound to respond to the work of theologians if they perceive the faith is being portrayed in error, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Doctrine, said in a new resource for prelates. While bishops welcome dialogue with any theologian over any particular work, they also must uphold the teaching magisterium of the Church, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, the committee chairman.

The cardinal offered the explanation of the bishops’ teaching role in a 13-page document, “Bishops as Teachers,” released April 18. The document challenged the April 8 assessment by the 10-member board of directors of the Catholic Theological Society of America that raised concerns about the doctrinal committee’s critical assessment of a 2007 book by Sister Elizabeth Johnson, a Sister of St. Joseph, who is a professor of theology at Fordham University. “The leadership of the Catholic Theological Society of America seems to misread the legitimate and apostolic role of bishops in addressing the right relationship of theologians and bishops,” the document said. Cardinal Wuerl wrote that the new resource was being provided to bishops “should any questions arise concerning the ancient and long-recognized episcopal “munus docendi,” or power of authoritative teaching.

Review to examine abuse situation in Philadelphia

WASHINGTON — When the U.S. bishops meet in Seattle in June, they will review implementation of the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” nearly 10 years after its 2002 passage.

They also will look at “whether there was some sort of breakdown of the system” that prompted the abuse-related investigation of more than two dozen priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, said Bishop Blase J. Cupich (right) of Spokane, Wash.

“I’m confident that the dioceses are doing their work and that the situation Philadelphia is facing — removing such a large number of priests, the circumstances under which that occurred,” is an aberration, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People said in an April 15 telephone interview with Catholic News Service.

Two priests, a former priest and a former Catholic school teacher, entered pleas of not guilty in Philadelphia April 15 to charges that included child rape. Another priest who had been in charge of assigning those and other priests pled not guilty to child endangerment.

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Private meeting at Vatican
Pope Benedict XVI shakes hands with Latvian President Valdis Zatlers and his wife, Lilita, during a private audience at the Vatican April 14.
CNS photo/Gregorio Borgia, pool via Reuters

Pope Benedict: prayer, mission JP2 foundations

VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II’s life and ministry were built on prayer and on witnessing to the Gospel, Pope Benedict XVI said after watching a Polish-produced documentary about his predecessor. “Once again I want to underline the two foundations of his life and ministry: prayer and missionary zeal,” the pope said April 9 after a Vatican screening of the documentary, “John Paul II: I Kept Looking for You.”

The film was directed by Jaroslaw Szmidt and has been playing in Polish theaters since March 11; Tadeusz Lampka, one of the producers, told reporters at the Vatican that 300,000 people had seen the film in Poland in its first month on the big screen.

The film concentrates on Pope John Paul’s pontificate and includes some 50 interviews.

Technology without God pulls humanity down

VATICAN CITY — Celebrating Palm Sunday Mass at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI warned that technological progress must not lead people to think they can “become God.” About 50,000 faithful waved olive branches and palm fronds in St. Peter’s Square April 17 at the start of the liturgy that commemorated Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem five days before his crucifixion. The German pontiff, who celebrated his 84th birthday the day before, joined a procession that led to the Egyptian obelisk in the center of the square. He asked listeners to continue to prepare for Easter through penitence and acts of charity. Holding a braided palm garland, he then rode in a jeep to the main altar for the two-and-a-half-hour Mass.

Holy Thursday collection for disaster relief in Japan

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has decided the collection taken up at his Holy Thursday evening Mass will be used to help those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in northeast Japan. The March 11 disaster left more than 13,000 people dead and another 13,700 unaccounted for. More than 150,000 were made homeless and many lost their jobs, especially in the fishing industry. Each year, the pope chooses where to send the collection taken up during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome.

Pope to meet families on trip to Croatia

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI will meet with politicians and professionals, families and clergy on his first trip to Croatia June 4-5.

He will fly to the Croatian capital of Zagreb for an event-packed two-day trip that begins with a visit to President Ivo Josipovic and Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor. Later in the day, he will meet with the country’s civic, academic, business and cultural leaders. In the evening, he will join young people in a prayer vigil in a Zagreb square.

On June 5, Pope Benedict will celebrate a Mass dedicated to Croatian Catholic families in the city’s Hippodrome.

One of the highlights will be during an evening liturgy with bishops, priests and religious, when he will pray at the tomb of Blessed Alojzije Stepinac, the archbishop of Zagreb from 1937 to 1960. The cardinal was persecuted by the communist regime of Marshal Tito and died a martyr.


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