June 25, 2012 • VOL. 50, NO. 11 • Oakland, CA
LCWR officials say meeting was open, but difficult
The chant, roughly translating as "Yes, we could," is a sign of success after years of "Yes, we can." It would break out between speakers' comments at an impromptu rally held outside the White House June 15. One group, Casa de Maryland, helped organize the gathering that grew as the afternoon wore on.
Earlier in the day Obama released his new policy, modeled after the proposed DREAM Act, the acronym for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors. The legislation has bipartisan support but has long languished in Congress.
The policy change will affect people who complete high school or get a GED, or serve in the military. Eligible applicants must be those who are between the ages of 15 and 30, who arrived in the U.S. by the age of 16 and have been here at least five years.
Catechism goes online
WASHINGTON — The Catechism of the Catholic Church now has more of a presence in the increasingly popular world of e-books. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has made the catechism available as a browser-based e-book at www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catechism/catechism-of-the-catholic-church/index.cfm. The catechism is a compendium of Catholic beliefs structured around the four pillars of faith: creed, sacraments, commandments and prayer.
Casket restrictions illegal
NEW ORLEANS — An attorney for the Benedictine monks of St. Joseph Abbey in Covington argued before a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals June 7 that a 1932 Louisiana law requiring anyone selling a casket to be a licensed funeral director is unconstitutional and has no rationale other than "pure economic protectionism." The monks, who make about 30 cypress caskets a month at their St. Joseph Abbey Woodworks, received a favorable ruling last year from U.S. District Court Judge Stanwood Duval, who struck down the Louisiana law, saying it created an unfair industry monopoly. But the Louisiana State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, representing the state's licensed funeral homes, appealed the decision, saying the law protected consumers by ensuring that any caskets sold were the right size to fit into Louisiana's oddly shaped, above-ground crypts.
Haiti reconstruction slow
WASHINGTON — While it has taken a while, reconstruction of Catholic churches and schools in Haiti following the country's devastating January 2010 earthquake has started moving forward. The first $3.1 million in grants under the Partnership for Church Reconstruction in Haiti, or PROCHE, have been made. Another round of grants worth more than $3 million was expected to be approved June 11. Father Juan Molina, director of the U.S. bishops' Office for the Church in Latin America, explained that the process under PROCHE is deliberate by design to assure that proper construction codes and engineering practices are followed.
Association offers support
ST. LEO, Fla. — The fledgling Association of U.S. Catholic Priests was formed to offer a national support group not before available to many priests and to promote "fulfilling the confirmed agenda" of the Second Vatican Council, according to Father David Cooper. "Vatican II said dialogue is at the heart of the church. Our greatest concern is, 'How do we move forward?'" explained the priest, who is the association's chairman. He and 26 fellow priests, mostly from the Midwest, met and founded the organization at St. Mary of the Lake University in Mundelein, Ill., Aug. 27, 2011.
Youths encouraged on Web
DUBLIN — Young Catholics should be present on the Web as witnesses to their peers who are searching for hope, said Auxiliary Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Brooklyn. Addressing hundreds of young Irish Catholics and international pilgrims at the International Eucharistic Congress June 16, Bishop Caggiano said, "Your generation is the first to live comfortably in the virtual, electronic world."
DUBLIN — Four Irish archbishops said they told the Vatican that a report on an apostolic visitation to the Pontifical Irish College in Rome contained factual errors. The archbishops told The Irish Times newspaper that an initial report on the visitation, given to them by the Vatican, "contained some serious errors of fact, including named individuals. Attentive to the importance of applying due process, and respecting the rights of those named in this initial report, the trustees made a detailed and considered response to the Holy See."
Reconciliation with SSPX
VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, a senior Vatican official, voiced optimism about reconciliation talks with the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, while acknowledging the longer-term challenge of bringing the breakaway group under papal leadership.
— Catholic News Service
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