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placeholder June 20, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 12   •   Oakland, CA

June 23: (Morning) Bishop’s Administrative Council, Chancery

          (Afternoon) Catholic Cathedral Corp. board meeting, Chancery

          (Evening) Regional case study focus group

June 24: (Afternoon) International Theological Institute meeting, Chancery

          (Evening) Seminarians’ dinner, Hayward

          (Evening) Regional case study focus group

June 25-27: Parish visitation and Confirmation, St. Felicitas

June 30: (Morning) Bishop’s Administrative Council, Chancery

          (Afternoon) Annual meetings, diocesan corporate boards

July 1: Exposition and benediction to conclude 60 hours of Eucharistic Adoration for Holy Father, Cathedral

July 2-6: Meeting of Subcommission on Liturgy for Anglican Ordinariates, London, England

July 6: Dinner with seminarians, Cathedral Rectory

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Bishop’s Appeal update
The 2011 Bishop’s Appeal is approaching $1.8 million in pledges and gifts from 11,504 donors.

Twenty-six parishes are now over goal and nine parishes are almost there.

Diocesan follow-up efforts are underway. A first follow-up mailing will be sent to families that have previously supported the appeal, but have not participated to date.

New missal workshops

Liturgical musicians, parish music directors, school music teachers, cantors, choir members and accompanists are all invited to attend one of three workshop dates — July 9, Aug. 20 or Sept. 10 — being offered to welcome the new Roman Missal. Cost is $12 a person. More information including locations and times may be found on the Diocesan Worship Office webpage: www.oakdiocese.org/worship.

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60 bishops at youth day
WASHINGTON — More than 60 U.S. bishops plan to join the 25,000 U.S. World Youth Day pilgrims expected to be part of an estimated 1 million-plus young people who will attend at least one of the events in Madrid Aug. 16-21. A morning Mass for the U.S. pilgrims, with the bishops concelebrating, is slated for Aug. 20 at Palacio de Deportes, home to “Love and Life: A Home for English-Speaking Pilgrims,” which will provide English-language World Youth Day events.

Theologian defends book

WASHINGTON — Fordham University systematic theology professor Sister Elizabeth A. Johnson defended her 2007 book that recently came under harsh criticism from the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Doctrine, restating concerns that her work was “thoroughly misunderstood and consistently misrepresented” by the committee. Her vigorous defense of “Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God” came in a 38-page letter June 1 to committee members.

Key to addressing abuse

WASHINGTON — Deacon Bernard Nojadera, newly appointed to head the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection, intends to bring to his job, which starts Aug. 15, the same skills he has used as director of the Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults in the Diocese of San Jose since 2002. He plans to rely on his previous conversations with abuse victims, successful ways the diocesan office operated and a pattern of collaboration he developed with colleagues across the state.

Agreement over Bible sales

WASHINGTON — The Catholic Biblical Association has reached an agreement with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops over sharing income from sales of Bibles and other related material.

—Catholic News Service

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Pope meets Gypsies
Dancers perform prior to Pope Benedict XVI’s meeting with nearly 2,000 Gypsies, Roma, Sinti and Travellers in Paul VI hall at the Vatican June 12. He prayed that the world’s Gypsies no longer be subjected to prejudice, oppression and rejection. Gypsies should always uphold “justice, legality, reconciliation and strive to never be the cause of someone else’s suffering.” Pope Benedict acknowledged that even today, many Gypsy communities and individuals still face “serious and worrying problems, such as often-difficult relations with the societies in which they live.”
CNS photo/Paul Haring

Water a new Catholic issue
A referendum in Italy has spotlighted an emerging social justice issue for the Catholic Church: access to safe water as a basic human right. Church leaders argue that water is the archetypal “gift from God” that should not be polluted by the profit motive. On June 9, a group of more than 100 missionary priests and nuns fasted and prayed in St. Peter’s Square to underline their opposition to the privatization of water. Cardinal Peter Turkson, head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said water distribution should be a service provided by governments to their citizens as part of their role in protecting the common good.

Evangelize with courage

Pope Benedict XVI said that a proper transmission of the faith to the young or the uninitiated depends on a solid grounding of the basics of Catholic formation — baptism, first Communion and catechism. Pope Benedict XVI told participants of a diocesan conference in Rome June 13 to not be afraid of their duty as Christians to evangelize and to pass on the word of God “with courage, with conviction, with joy.” Speaking from Rome’s Basilica of St. John Lateran, the pope called for renewed efforts for evangelization, which he said, “is not the duty of a few, but of all the members of the Church.”

Best practices against abuse

Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University and a number of Vatican dicasteries are offering a special symposium to help bishops around the world as they seek to comply with a recent Vatican mandate to set up guidelines for handling accusations of clerical sex abuse. The symposium, which will be held in Rome in February is being organized with the support of various Vatican offices to help bishops and religious orders “adequately respond to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s request to prepare directives and effective pastoral plans dealing with sex abuse.”

—Catholic News Service

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