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November 21, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA
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Faithful receive Communion in Bangkok Dec. 25, 2015. Four cardinals said they formally asked Pope Francis to clarify his teaching on Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and have not received a response in two months.

Father Clarence Williams presents the original copy of his master's thesis about the history of black Catholic movements Oct. 25 to Kevin Cawley, senior archivist for the U.S. Catholic collections at the Theodore Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame.
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Black Catholic movement documents delivered to Notre Dame University

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A delegation of black Catholic priests paid a visit to the University of Notre Dame's Theodore Hesburgh Library in South Bend to entrust the archives there with historical documents about African-American Catholic priests, sisters, brothers, deacons, seminarians and laypeople.

The group visited the archives Oct. 24 in advance of Black Catholic History Month in November. The observance was established in 1990 by the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus. Members of the delegation are Father Kenneth Taylor, a priest of the Indianapolis Archdiocese, who is president of National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus; Precious Blood Father Clarence Williams, caucus vice president and archivist; Father Theodore Parker, a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit; and Deacon Melvin Tardy, an academic adviser at Notre Dame.

The materials they delivered will be preserved in the library's archives and be available for study. The three priests were nostalgic about bringing the documentation to Notre Dame because of their personal histories with the university.

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"It is hard to believe that we were here as seminarians in 1970, and began the National Black Catholic Seminarians Association. And now we return almost 50 years later as priests. Things have come full circle," said Father Parker. He had served on the coordinating committee of the seminarians association.

Catholic measures lose

WASHINGTON — In this year's election, voters went against nearly all of the ballot initiatives backed by Catholic leaders and advocates, except the referendums on minimum wage increases and gun control measures. Voters passed an assisted suicide measure in Colorado and voted in favor of the death penalty in three states and in favor of legalized recreational marijuana in four states and against it in one. They also voted for minimum wage increases and gun control measures in four states. In Colorado, the only state with an initiative to legalize assisted suicide, voters passed the measure, making the state the sixth in the nation with a so-called "right-to-die law" joining Washington, Oregon, California, Vermont and Montana.

Meanwhile, contrary to pollsters' expectations, a majority of Catholic voters cast ballots for Donald Trump in the US presidential election, according to exit polls cited by the New York Times. Trump won the Catholic vote by a margin of 52 percent to 45 percent, the polls showed. Most surveys before the election had shown Hillary Clinton winning more Catholic votes.

Protestants gave Trump a larger edge, opting for the Republican candidate by 58 percent to 39 percent, and Evangelical or "born-again" Christians were overwhelmingly (81 percent to 16 percent) in favor of Trump. Voters who identified with no religious institution broke decisively for Clinton, 68 percent to 26 percent.

Video of fetus, altar

WASHINGTON — The Diocese of Amarillo, Texas, said in a statement it is investigating the incident of a pro-life priest who placed "the body of an aborted fetus" on an altar and broadcast it on Facebook Live to get people to vote for Republican Donald J. Trump, causing "the desecration of the altar." "We believe that no one who is pro-life can exploit a human body for any reason, especially the body of a fetus," said Amarillo Bishop Patrick J. Zurek in a Nov. 8 statement. Its use for political purposes by one of the diocese's priests was "against the dignity of human life."

'Gold Mass' for scientists

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A group of American Catholics have recently united to form the Society of Catholic Scientists. Their first event was to be an evening Gold Mass for scientists to be celebrated in Cambridge at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's chapel Nov. 15.

New appointments

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark, New Jersey, and named Cardinal-designate Joseph W. Tobin of Indianapolis to succeed him. Archbishop Myers, Newark's archbishop since 2001, is 75, the age at which canon law requires bishops to turn in their resignation to the pope. The 64-year-old cardinal-designate, who is a member of the Redemptorist order, has been the archbishop of Indianapolis since 2012 and was named a new cardinal by Pope Francis Oct. 9. In Denver, the newly ordained Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Rodriguez was ordained Nov. 4.

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