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 August 8, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 14   •   Oakland, CA
News in Brief

New archbishop
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, 66, head of the Denver Archdiocese since 1997, will succeed Philadelphia Cardinal Justin Rigali, 76. Pope Benedict XVI accepted the cardinal’s resignation July 19 and appointed Archbishop Chaput, who told reporters, “I don’t know why the Holy Father sent me here. But I do trust his heart, and I believe in his judgment. . . . What you see is pretty much what you get.”

Ministry to lepers
Montfort Sister Jacqueline Jean McEwan visits with B. Shanti, left, and her mother, Venkatalakshmi, at their house in Chickanayakanahalli village near Bangalore, India, July 27. The British nun began ministering to those with leprosy in the village in 1982. Although leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, has been eliminated in most countries, a few, such as India, have pockets where it is regularly found, mostly among the very poor.
CNS photo/Anto Akkara

Miss Teen USA
Danielle Doty, a parishioner at St. Anthony Church in Harlingen, Texas, in the Brownsville Diocese, was crowned Miss Teen USA 2011 at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas July 16. Doty was baptized, received her first Communion and was confirmed at St. Anthony Church. Her faith has given her the courage to face many challenges throughout her life, said her mother.

Nuncio dies
Italian Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the U.S. since 2006 and a veteran Vatican diplomat, died July 27 in Baltimore from complications after lung surgery. He was 73. A memorial Mass for him will be celebrated at noon Sept. 14 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be the main celebrant.

Sister Wendy’s new works
After decades of studying iconic paintings and hundreds of works of fine art, British art historian and author Sister Wendy Beckett, 81, said her two recently published books are her most explicitly Catholic works to date. The Carmelite sister posed with an unidentified admirer during a book signing at St. Pauls Bookshop in London in mid-July. “I never used religious language (so as) not to put off the atheists and the non-Christians,” she said. But after decades of studying and writing about art, Sister Wendy said she has “come out of the closet and now I can feel I can write about God in his own name.”
CNS photo/Jo-Anne Rowney,
courtesy of St. Pauls Bookshop

Doctors say mandate not good medicine

WASHINGTON — A recommendation that all health plans be required to cover contraceptives without a patient co-payment “fails the tests of logic and sound science” and “does not constitute good clinical medicine,” according to the Catholic Medical Association. In a July 20 statement, the Bala Cynwyd, Pa.-based association criticized the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Preventive Services for Women for recommending that the Department of Health and Human Services include “the full range of Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures and patient education and counseling” as mandated services for all health plans under the new health reform law.

More than 3,100 pastoral musicians gather

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More than 3,100 Catholic pastoral musicians from around the United States, Canada and Mexico gathered at the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville to prepare for the implementation of the new English translation of the Roman Missal. Parishes around the United States will begin using the new text — and some new music with it — for the celebration of Mass Nov. 27, the first Sunday in Advent.

Judge tosses initiative to ban circumcision

SAN FRANCISCO — California Superior Court Judge Loretta Giorgi ordered an initiative to ban circumcision removed from San Francisco’s November ballot ruling July 28 that circumcision was an area that fell under state law. The lawsuit protesting the ballot measure was filed June 21 by plaintiffs representing community organizations, doctors, and Jewish and Muslim families in San Francisco. San Francisco Archbishop George H. Niederauer opposed the initiative as “an unconscionable violation of the sanctuaries of faith and family.”

Governor pledges same-sex marriage bill

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Gov. Martin J. O’Malley, a Catholic, said he will take a leadership role in passing same-sex marriage legislation in Maryland next year, promising in a July 22 news conference that he will sponsor legislation that would legalize gay marriage while also protecting the free exercise of religion. Expanding the definition of marriage is another step forward, he said. “This is an evolution in the progress of our state,” he said, “to be able to perfect our laws so that they more fully protect the rights of every individual.”

Belleville Diocese joins lawsuit against Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Diocese of Belleville’s Catholic Charities agency has joined three other Illinois Catholic Charities agencies in a lawsuit against the state seeking to continue operating their foster care and adoption programs since the passage of a law legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples. The law stipulates same-sex couples have the same rights and benefits as married couples in the state, including the right to adopt and provide foster care.

Orange Diocese bid to buy Cathedral falters

ORANGE — The Crystal Cathedral complex in Garden Grove, once the home church of the Rev. Robert Schuller, a noted television preacher, is off the market. The cathedral property was put up for auction earlier this year as part of the cathedral ministries’ bankruptcy proceedings. The Diocese of Orange made a formal bid of $50 million. The Orange Diocese does not currently have a cathedral to serve its 1.2 million Catholics.

Stem-cell funding lawsuit dismissed

WASHINGTON — Attorneys for two scientists who use only adult stem cells in their work said they were “weighing all of their options for appeal” after a Washington judge ruled July 27 that federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research may continue. Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth of U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit that had briefly ended all federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research in August 2010. In his latest decision, Lamberth said using federal money to pay for research involving embryonic stem cells derived using private funds did not violate the Dickey-Wicker Amendment.

Legionaries of Christ close U. of Sacramento

SACRAMENTO — Officials at the University of Sacramento announced that plans to establish a new campus for the private Catholic university have ended, along with the school’s current academic programs. University officials said the decision was prompted by the economic recession as well as a change in focus from the Legionaries of Christ religious order. The school opened in downtown Sacramento in 2005 and was the only university in the United States run by the Legionaries of Christ, which operates 14 others around the world.


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