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Different Ways of Being/Doing Catholic…………………….

BISHOPS, You Belong at the Border! – Rite Beyond Rome

The border is a great place to witness opposition to the world in its reliance on domination and force as solution to crisis

Source: BISHOPS, You Belong at the Border! – Rite Beyond Rome


The Gun is Our God

God, Guns and and a militant kingdom theology of claiming the earth for God by force.

Marian Ronan

The following is a review that appears in the current issue of Kerux, the newsletter of Pax Christi Metro New York, the New York chapter of the international Catholic peace association.

Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment. By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. City Lights Books, 2018. 208 pp. $16.95.

To say that we have been hearing a lot lately about guns in the US, and about the Second Amendment to the Constitution, is to vastly understate the case. And the activism of the Parkland shooting survivors might even cause us to feel hopeful about US gun policy. Indeed, former SCOTUS Justice John Paul Stephens has recently called for the repeal of the Second Amendment!!

In Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz provides timely–and stunning–context for this conversation. Drawing on her expertise in the history of indigenous peoples and American history overall, Dunbar-Ortiz shows that the…

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Pope Francis appoints 3 highly qualified women to oldest and most powerful Vatican Congregation

via Pope Francis appoints three women as consultants to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith | America Magazine

Dr. Linda Ghisoni, married and mother to two daughters… Born in 1965, graduated with degrees in philosophy and theology in 1991… gained a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1990…lawyer and professor of canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University.)

Prof. Michelina Tenace,  born in 1954…studied philosophy… degree in foreign literature… doctorate in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where she teaches fundamental theology and subjects related to anthropology and Oriental Christianity.

Laetitia Calmeyn, born … in 1975. A nurse who specialized in palliative medicine,…degrees in theology…a doctorate in theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome.

Today’s appointments may seem minor, but they are nonetheless further noteworthy steps in ongoing efforts to make it possible for women’s voices to be heard in Vatican offices where decisions are made.”

“nonetheless further noteworthy steps… to make it possible for women’s voices to be heard” in Vatican offices…”  WE SHALL SEE…pending the next pope’s inclination.

Catholic Leadership on the Global Political Stage

“belief that God’s law must override that of humans”…This kind of theology is what gets the Church into trouble with “holy alliances” with dictatorships and such, doesn’t it?

Marian Ronan

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‘Created Equal’ film uses women’s ordination to address broader societal, legal issues | National Catholic Reporter

“Can you be a good-standing, female Catholic and still want to be a priest? Who decides whose call to a vocation is valid? Can the court legally intervene in the church’s traditions? Do religious liberty laws exempt religions from discrimination laws?”

Source: ‘Created Equal’ film uses women’s ordination to address broader societal, legal issues | National Catholic Reporter

Feb 5, 2018 by Kristen Whitney Daniels

Challenge Parable for tax break trickle-down economics

“Sam Uncle sent out a letter to his servants.

To I. M. Rich he gave five tax breaks, to John Middle he gave 2 tax breaks,
to Don Low he gave one tax break,
and to Mother Striver he gave a transfer payment.
On the following April 15, Sam Uncle received the returns.

I. M. Rich  took his five tax breaks and parlayed them into five tax shelters. Sam Uncle said, “You did well. You will be tax exempt for the next 10 years.”

John Middle took his two tax breaks and found two tax shelters. Sam Uncle said, “You did well. You will be tax exempt for two years.”

Don Low reported his income, forgot his tax break, and sent his check. He was called in for an audit.

Mother Striver used her transfer payment to feed her children and obtained a student loan.
Sam Uncle, upon examining her return, denied her deduction for educational expenses and declared her income (with the loan) in excess of eligibility requirements needed for the transfer payment.
Sam Uncle subsequently demanded repayment of the transfer payment and garnished her bank account.”

From the Book: The Prostitute in the Family Tree: Discovering Humor and Irony in the Bible  by Douglas Adams (pg 46)

Catholic Bishops Conference of India Council for Women

USA Conference of Bishops writes about women’s concerns WHILE India’s Conference of Catholic Bishops has National Council for Women and actively listens to them.

“Sister Talisha Nadukudiyil, national secretary of the CBCI Council for Women, wrote on October 16 to all bishops and Church leaders in the country….to draw national attention to the plight of the survivors of the worst anti-Christian violence of modern India.”

via Kandhamal Catholics elated over women council initiative | Matters India

Two Australian bishops say Catholics can vote ‘yes’ on same-sex marriage – La Croix International

Bishop Vincent Long of Parramatta and Bishop Bill Wright of Maitland-Newcastle have effectively removed any “Catholic” arguments against supporting marriage equality and stress the responsibility of Catholics to discern carefully in determining their “vote”.

Christians must be very confused about how their religious beliefs should influence their views on the current marriage equality survey, officially described in the ABS mail-out as “Your Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey”.

Some so-called Christian positions seem to suggest that there is an inherent Christian exclusion of the possibility of civil same-sex marriage. The most careful and authoritative Christian analyses to date may have come from separate pastoral letters of Catholic bishops Vincent Long of Parramatta and Bill Wright of Maitland-Newcastle.”

For more on this read:  Two Australian bishops say Catholics can vote ‘yes’ on same-sex marriage – La Croix International

Swindled and Blindsided

Too many Catholic voters gave into the blind obedience that Evangelical Catholicism requires.

Painted Ponderings

                           “Oh, What Did I Do?”

I’m one of those Evangelical Catholics who voted for Trump. I was convinced that I was following my conscience. I attend mass every Sunday and expect my pastor to be my moral guide in most areas of my life.

I must admit, however, in the area of birth control, I felt ok with my wife’s practicing birth control. We were both open to having children, but just not more than we could provide with food, shelter, health, education and love. We knew that the church was not against birth control per say, and even encouraged “natural” family planning. Our first two children were the result of that method and so we realized that it did not work for us, We felt God could not be offended if we used a method that did. Even at that, we always felt some guilt about it, and…

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