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June 8, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 11   •   Oakland, CA
News in Brief

Hundreds support Archbishop Cordileone
SAN FRANCISCO — Pro-life activist Rev. Walter Hoye, left, and his wife Lori, right, were among more than 500 people who gathered for a family picnic at a San Francisco park May 16 to show support for Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, who has faced a barrage of criticism from some Catholics, civic leaders and the media over proposed clauses for Catholic school teacher contracts and other policies. "The Catholic Church has been under a coordinated attack from the power structure of San Francisco for at least the last 10 years," said Walk for Life West Coast co-chair Eva Muntean, who helped organize a group called San Francisco Catholics, which sponsored the event at the city's Sue Bierman Park. "When people calling themselves Catholic, teachers, students and parents of students attacked the archbishop for nothing more than insisting on fidelity to the church, we knew we had to stand up. … The followers of Christ don't get to pick and choose what revealed truths we will follow based on our opinions of the day."
Debra Greenblat/Catholic San Francisco, cns

Kenyan sister
Clergymen and nuns carry the relics of Blessed Irene Stefani before her beatification in Nyeri, Kenya, May 23. Blessed Irene, an Italian member of the Consolata Missionary Sisters, cared for wounded and sick soldiers in Kenya and Tanzania during World War I.
Herman Kariuki/
Reuters, cns

Rev. Lo Schiavo
Jesuit Father John Lo Schiavo, former president of the University of San Francisco who presided over a financial, academic and co-curricular resurgence of the university, died May 15 at age 90 in the infirmary at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos.
Barbara Ries/
courtesy University
of San Francisco

Dzokhar Tsarnaev
In this courtroom sketch, convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev stands as he is sentenced to death at the U.S. courthouse in Boston May 15, convicted April 8 on all 30 counts for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three and injured hundreds.
Jane Flavell Collins/
EPA, CNS illustration

Sister Sharon
Sister Sharon Holland, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, said the organization is pleased to be "going on with our normal life, so to speak," now that the Vatican's mandate to reform the group has concluded.
Paul Haring/cns

People react in Dublin as Ireland votes in favor of same-sex marriage May 23.
Cathal McNaughton/Reuters, cns

Irish vote in favor of same-sex

People react in Dublin as Ireland votes in favor of same-sex marriage May 23. Rev. Paul Check, director of Courage, an American church apostolate that ministers to homosexuals, said the Catholic Church not only needs to provide pastoral care for those with same-sex attraction but it should also make its teaching "accessible, understandable and compelling for people." Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has said the church needs a "reality check" after Irish voters overwhelmingly supported same-sex marriage. Ireland was the first country in the world to put same-sex marriage to a popular vote and the May 22 poll was backed by 62 percent of the population. "I think really that the church needs to do a reality check, a reality check right across the board, to look at the things it's doing well, to look at the areas where we really have to start and say, 'Look, have we drifted away completely from young people?'" he told state broadcaster RTE as the result became clear. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said the referendum's outcome represented not only "a defeat for Christian principles, but a defeat for humanity." German Cardinal Walter Kasper said the referendum is "emblematic" of today's postmodern belief that "everything is equal," which is in contrast to church doctrine.

Misuse of funds

PHILADELPHIA — Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the head of the Pontifical Council for the Family and lead Vatican organizer of September's World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, is under investigation by Italian prosecutors for alleged embezzlement. Published reports in European media outlets say the investigation stems from 2011 when the archbishop led the Diocese of Terni in Italy, and diocesan funds may have been used improperly in a scheme to purchase then resell at a profit a 14th-century Italian castle.

Death penalty ends

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska state senators overrode Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto of a bill repealing capital punishment that had been supported by the state's Catholic bishops. In a 30-19 vote May 27, the senators supported a bill that replaces the death penalty with a sentence of life in prison without parole. The bill had gained the support of Nebraska's three Catholic bishops, who earlier commended lawmakers for their historic vote May 20 to repeal capital punishment. They said then that support for the bill reflects the teaching of the Catholic faith and that use of the death penalty cannot be justified today.

Fortnight for Freedom

WASHINGTON — Threats to religious freedom continue to emerge, making it more urgent for people of faith to take action to defend the full realm of religious practice, said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore. Speaking during a May 28 webinar announcing the fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom, Archbishop Lori called on Catholics to learn about the importance of religious liberty throughout the history of the United States and to actively promote free religious practice during the two-week period beginning June 21.

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