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placeholder July 5, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 13   •   Oakland, CA

July 7: (Morning) Bishop’s Administrative Council, Chancery

July 8: (Morning) Catholic Charities quarterly briefing

July 9-10: Parish Visitation and 50th anniversary celebration, Transfiguration

July 11: (Evening) 75th Jubilee, Diocese of San Diego

July 11-26: Vacation

July 28: (Morning) Bishop’s Administrative Council, Chancery

July 28-29: Formation talks with seminarians

July 28-31: Napa Institute conference

Aug. 3: (Evening) Oakland Police Foun-dation Board

Aug. 4: (Morning) Bishop’s Administrative Council
         (Afternoon) Prayer and dialogue, Presbyterate No. 2

Aug. 6: (Morning) Perpetual Profession, Dominican Sisters, Fremont

Aug. 7: 10 a.m., Stational Mass, Cathedral

Aug. 8: (Morning) School administrator’s conference, Danville
         (Afternoon) Seminarian seminar, Danville

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Disappointment on bill

WASHINGTON—In response to the June 24 enactment of a law redefining marriage in the state of New York, Oakland Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, expressed “grave disappointment with the legislature’s abandonment of the common good.”

“Marriage, the union of a man and a woman, forms the foundation of social well-being by promoting love and respect between the two most fundamental representatives of the human community,” he said. “The institution of marriage also affirms the vital and unique importance to children of receiving care from both their mother and father together. Making marriage law indifferent to the absence of either sex creates an institutional and cultural crisis with generational ramifications yet to be seen. To eliminate marriage’s very essence — its essence as the union of husband and wife — from its legal definition is to ignore not only basic anthropology and biology but also the purpose of law generally. Law is meant to uphold the common good, not undermine it. Now, New York’s government will be forced to ignore that children have a basic right to be raised by their mother and father together. Also, as demonstrated in other states where marriage redefinition has occurred, officials there will be in a position to retaliate against those who continue to uphold these basic truths. This is a mark of a profoundly unjust law.”

New panel for ministers

BELLEVUE, Wash. — The U.S. bishops have decided to move the responsibility for certifying Catholics for ecclesial ministry from a separate civil corporation in Milwaukee to the Washington headquarters of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Milwaukee-based Commission on Certification and Accreditation will be dissolved by Jan. 1 and become a subcommittee of the USCCB Committee on Catholic Education, following a 194-1 vote, with one abstention, June 15 at the bishops’ spring general assembly near Seattle.

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Matisse’s works unveiled
A visitor looks at Henri Matisse’s 1949 cartoon for stained-glass windows during a preview at the Vatican Museums June 21. Matisse created this study in preparation for decorating the Chapel of the Rosary in Vence, France. After languishing in storage for more than 30 years, several of Matisse’s works have been given a permanent home in the Vatican Museums.
CNS photo/Paul Haring

Clergy-laity relationship

The Vatican is studying a possible document on the relationship of clergy and laity, which touches on the sensitive issue of the administration of the Church’s goods, Vatican sources said.

The sources denied an Italian report that the document will issue instructions on the reorganization of U.S. dioceses that face financial pressures in the wake of the sex abuse scandals — in particular regarding parish closings.

The sources, who spoke to Catholic News Service June 28, said the document under preparation only marginally touches on the topic of parish closings and, if published, will be directed at the universal church. The form of the document has not yet been determined; it may be an instruction or a less formal circular letter, they said.
Antidote to individualism

Pope Benedict XVI said the Eucharist is the heart of church life and an “antidote” to the increasingly individualistic global culture. Addressing pilgrims June 26 on the feast of Corpus Christi, which commemorates the institution of the Eucharist, the pope said the Eucharist was like the “pulsing heart” that gives life and meaning to everything the Church does. As the sacrament of Communion, it is able to transform people’s lives, leading them to God, he said. “In a culture that is more and more individualistic — a culture in which we are immersed in Western society, and that tends to spread itself throughout the world — the Eucharist constitutes a type of ‘antidote,’” the pope said. “It works in the minds and hearts of believers and continually disseminates in them the logic of communion, of service, of sharing — in short, the logic of the Gospel,” he said.

Major meetings in Spain

Pope Benedict XVI will preside over nine major events with young people during World Youth Day celebrations in Madrid in August, including a prayer vigil and a closing Mass expected to draw more than a million people. The pope will hear the confessions of several young people, host a group of youths for lunch and lead a Way of the Cross with young people in central Madrid. He will also meet with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and with members of the royal family during his Aug. 18-21 visit.

— Catholic News Service

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