|April 9, 2012 • VOL. 50, NO. 7 • Oakland, CA|
April 12: (Morning) Bishop's Administrative Council, Chancery
Too late for abuse claims
SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) — In a case that could have implications for dozens of lawsuits pending before California courts, the state Supreme Court ruled March 29 that six brothers who alleged abuse by their parish priest in the 1970s had run out of time to sue the bishop of Oakland as the priest's employer.
CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE LIGHT
Pedals, pipes and pizza
Children of all ages are invited to a special concert featuring the 5,298-pipe organ at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 21 in a program, "Pedals, Pipes and Pizzas — A Pipe Organ Concert for Children." Prokofiev's music and narration of the children's story, "Peter and the Wolf," will be followed with pizza on the Cathedral Plaza. The event costs $5 per person, and was organized in partnership with Children's Fairyland. Visit www.ctlcathedral.org.
Bishops: Proposal 'radically flawed'
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Even with a new federal proposal that third-party administrators pay the costs of contraceptives for religious employers who object to the coverage, the health reform law's contraceptive mandate "remains radically flawed," according to the U.S. bishops. The bishops made the comments in an internal memo March 29. A copy of it was released to Catholic News Service April 2. The memo came in response to a rule proposed by the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services in a 32-page document that was published March 21 in the Federal Register. HHS has proposed new ways for religious organizations that have moral objections to providing free contraceptives to their employees to comply with the requirement. Among the suggestions are having the costs covered by a "third-party administrator" of a health plan or "independent agency" that receive funds from other sources, such as rebates from drug makers.
The gift of time
VATICAN CITY — The truly Christian response to Christ's death and resurrection must be the dedication of one's life and one's time to building a relationship with Jesus and being grateful for the gift of salvation, Pope Benedict XVI said. "In this Holy Week, the Lord Jesus will renew the greatest gift we could possibly imagine: he will give us his life, his body and his blood, his love," the pope said April 1, celebrating Palm Sunday in St. Peter's Square.
Vatican focuses on WYD
VATICAN CITY — On the seventh anniversary of the death of Blessed John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI paid homage to one of his predecessor's innovations: World Youth Day. Greeting an estimated 5,000 cheering young people from Spain April 2, Pope Benedict said they were "the protagonists and principal recipients of this pastoral initiative promoted vigorously by my beloved predecessor, Blessed John Paul II, whose passage to heaven we remember today." The next international celebration of World Youth Day will be July 23-28, 2013, in Rio de Janeiro.
Beware of heretic group
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith sounded a warning against four excommunicated priests who continue to claim they represent the Ukrainian Catholic Church, the largest of the Eastern churches in full communion with Rome. Despite encouragement and hopes the excommunicated clerics would reconcile with the Ukrainian Catholic Church and the Holy See, recent events and their continued slander demonstrate the leaders are only creating "confusion and havoc in the community of the faithful," the congregation said in a written declaration, dated Feb. 22.
Autism support needed
VATICAN CITY — The church needs to address the alienation often surrounding those living with autism, especially children and young people, by coming to the aid of those affected, said Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski. The archbishop, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, said those who draw near to people with autism can help break down the barriers of silence and join in them in solidarity and prayer.
Blessing rite for unborn
WASHINGTON — Just in time for Mother's Day, U.S. Catholics parishes will be able to celebrate the new Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb. The blessing was prepared to support parents awaiting the birth of their child, to encourage parish prayers for and recognition of the gift of the child in the womb, and to foster respect for human life within society. It can be offered within the context of Mass as well as outside of Mass, and for an individual mother, a couple or a group of expectant parents.
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