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June 10, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 11   •   Oakland, CA
News in Brief

adoration in Hanoi
Catholics attend a eucharistic adoration service outside St. Joseph Cathedral in Hanoi, Vietnam, June 2. A simultaneous hour of adoration called for by the Vatican was marked around the globe that Sunday.

Father Greeley
Father Andrew Greeley, American sociologist and prolific best-selling author, died May 29 at his home in Chicago. He was 85. While most widely recognized for the more than 60 novels he wrote, some considered scandalous with their portraits of hypocritical and sinful clerics, Father Greeley also wrote more than 70 works of nonfiction.

New director
Jesuit Father Peter F. Ryan, a member of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus and director of spiritual formation and professor of moral theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, has been named executive director of the Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, effective Aug. 19.

Franciscan leader
U.S. Franciscan Father Michael Perry, the new minister general of the Order of Friars Minor, at the order's headquarters in Rome May 23. Father Perry was elected in Rome May 22 by Franciscans representing different parts of the world, saying Franciscans are united, energized and challenged by the ministry of the new pope.

leaders' tribute

Members of the Catholic clergy, local community representatives and other faith leaders lay a floral tribute near the scene of the killing of British soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, southeast London on May 31. Two men accused of murdering Rigby on a London street May 22 are in police custody after being discharged from the hospital.
Toby Melville/
cns, Reuters

Oklahoma tornado
A statue of Mary sits in the front yard of a damaged house in Moore, Okla., May 21, the day after a massive tornado devastated the town. Communities across central Oklahoma are recovering from a series of powerful and deadly tornadoes, and have experienced an "overwhelming" outpouring of "prayer, love and support from across our great state and from around the nation," said Oklahoma City's Archbishop Paul S. Coakley.
Adrees Latif/
cns, Reuters

Scouts to allow gays
GRAPEVINE, Texas — The Boy Scouts of America's National Council voted late May 23 to allow openly gay youths admittance as members into the 103-year-old organization, effective Jan. 1, 2014. In a statement, the organization said the decision to review the organization's ban on accepting homosexuals as members was made based on "growing input from within the Scouting family." The National Catholic Committee on Scouting said that since the policy change does not take effect until next January, it will have "adequate time to study its effects.

Death penalty 'revenge'
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Using capital punishment to show that killing is wrong "sanctions revenge," Florida's seven Catholic bishops said in a letter to Gov. Rick Scott. Asking that Scott commute the death sentences of inmates Elmer Carroll, William Van Poyck and Marshall Gore to life in prison, the bishops said the violence of capital punishment would do little to relieve the pain of the survivors of the men's victims or be helpful to society. Scott signed warrants for the executions of the men over a span of 26 days starting May 29.

Archbishop was unaware
NEWARK, N.J. — Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark said he was unaware that a priest who agreed not to have unsupervised contact with minors was working with youngsters and, after an investigation, sought the resignation of the archdiocese's vicar general for mishandling the priest's case. Writing in an opinion piece in the May 25 issue of the Star-Ledger, the daily newspaper in Newark, Archbishop Myers said that Msgr. John E. Doran, the vicar general, agreed to resign after it was found existing protocols "were not always observed."

Priests dislike translation
WASHINGTON — A majority of U.S. priests said they dislike the translation of the Roman Missal introduced at Advent 2011, a new survey found. Overall, 59 percent of responding priests said they disliked the new English translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal. At the same time, 39 percent of respondents said they liked the text. The survey by the Godfrey Diekmann, OSB Center for Patristics and Liturgical Studies at St. John's School of Theology-Seminary in Collegeville, Minn., also found that 80.1 percent of respondents found some of the language in the missal "awkward or distracting."

Court allows abortions
PHOENIX — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down an Arizona law banning abortions after 20 weeks. The Mother's Health and Safety Act, passed by the Arizona Legislature and signed by Gov. Jan Brewer in 2012, was originally upheld by a federal judge but subsequently challenged.

Vermont now 'death state'
WASHINGTON — Now that Vermont allows "doctor-prescribed suicide," the "magnificent landscape of this state, which echoes life from its majestic mountains to its powerful waterways, no longer is reflected in the laws which govern the Green Mountain State," said Bishop Salvatore R. Matano, head of the statewide Diocese of Burlington.

Peter Claver leader elected
NEW ORLEANS — The supreme knight of the Knights of Peter Claver has been elected to an international post in an umbrella group for men's Catholic fraternal organizations. Fredron DeKarlos Blackmon, who also serves as CEO of the Knights, was elected deputy president of the International Alliance of Catholic Knights, which includes 15 fraternal organizations working in 27 countries.

Judge stops abortion ban
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Opponents of Arkansas' newest abortion law made good on their promise of legal action May 17, asking a federal court to grant a preliminary injunction of Arkansas' Human Heartbeat Protection Act, enacted during the General Assembly in March. U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright granted the motion, meaning the law cannot go into effect in August as scheduled, pending the resolution of the legal issues.

Pavone: End to abortion
MADISON, Wis. — Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, predicted "the end of abortion in our lifetime" in a recent talk he gave in Madison sponsored by Wisconsin Right to Life. The trial of abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia exposed the grisly truths about the abortion industry, the priest said. "I was at much of the trial myself," Father Pavone said in an impassioned speech May 7.

— Catholic News Service


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