Archive for July, 2012
By Elisabeth Deffner Catholic News Service
LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Born in Brazil, the young woman was 7 years old when she moved with her family to the United States. With her eye on a college education, she progressed through elementary, middle, and high school — only discovering in her senior year that she and the rest of her family were undocumented.
Now a transfer student at UCLA, Scarlet Kim — whose family is Korean — can’t get a work permit, and she can’t afford her tuition without a job.
Still, she said at a Mass for immigrants held July 22 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, she remains hopeful that new legislation will help her stay in her adopted homeland — legally.
“I am committed to making a contribution to society,” she said.
Organized by a leadership team of pastors from across the archdiocese working with the archdiocesan Office of Justice and Peace, the Mass drew more than 3,000 worshipers to celebrate their citizenship — as children of God.
“We are all the family of God,” Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles reiterated numerous times in his homily, as well as at other points during the Mass.
“We are the universal family of God,” he said. “One family, drawn from every race and nation.”
He emphasized the verse from that day’s Gospel reading in which Jesus’ “heart was moved with pity” for the crowd, “for they were like sheep without a shepherd.” (more…)
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Asked about how he would handle the most controversial cases he inherited, the new head of the Vatican’s doctrinal office said, “For the future of the church, it’s important to overcome ideological conflicts from whatever side they come.”
German Archbishop Gerhard L. Muller, named prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in early July, told the Vatican newspaper that the congregation’s discussions with the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X and with the U.S. Leadership Conference of Women Religious would focus on the fact that being Catholic means believing what the church teaches.
Although he has been a member of the congregation for five years, Archbishop Muller told L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, that it would take him some time to get up to speed on all of the details of the congregation’s work. (more…)
By Lisa Maxson Catholic News Service
That was a question Father Jim Sichko, pastor of St. Mark Parish in Richmond, Ky., asked more than 1,000 women in his speech opening the July 18-21 Catholic Daughters of the Americas’ 54th Biennial National Convention in Omaha. (more…)
James Carter, parishioner of St. James, Port Arthur, took home the Servant of Christ Award for the work he does in his parish as well as in his community and the diocese at large.
Delegates from Southeast Texas, accompanied by Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, and Linda LaCour, director of African American Ministry, attended more workshops and general sessions as the Congress continued. (more…)