Catholic church – Catholics Come Home Boston http://catholicscomehomeboston.org/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 16:10:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-05T154232.929.png Catholic church – Catholics Come Home Boston http://catholicscomehomeboston.org/ 32 32 New head of Office of Black Catholic Ministries brings social justice experience https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/new-head-of-office-of-black-catholic-ministries-brings-social-justice-experience/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 16:10:41 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/new-head-of-office-of-black-catholic-ministries-brings-social-justice-experience/ Click play below to listen to a radio interview with Adrienne Curry. The story follows As Adrienne Curry prepares to take on a new role as director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministries for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, she hopes to apply her vast background in the social justice movement and pastoral experience to […]]]>

Click play below to listen to a radio interview with Adrienne Curry. The story follows

As Adrienne Curry prepares to take on a new role as director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministries for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, she hopes to apply her vast background in the social justice movement and pastoral experience to support the Black Catholic community in Maryland.

“The bishops have said that racism is a sin and it is an affront to the dignity of the human person,” said Curry, a Chicago native who recently served as director of social action for the diocese. of Youngstown, Ohio,” but, as they say Catholic Social Teaching is our best kept secret. So part of my job will be to educate people on the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and apply them in the day-to-day life. So certainly eradicating racism is part of that.”

During the last year, Curry has worked on his doctoral thesis in Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky, studying anti -racism in the diocese of Youngstown. She begins her new role in Baltimore on July 5, taking over from Sherita Thomas, the office’s acting director.

Announcing the appointment June 17, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori said Curry will “advocate for the needs and concerns of the black Catholic community and work to strengthen the efforts of local parishes to remove barriers to evangelism, especially the barriers of racial prejudice”.

The Archbishop said Curry will be a member of the Archdiocese’s Racial Justice Journey Coordinating Council and will help implement his call for racial justice which was discussed in his two pastoral letters, “The Enduring Power of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Principles of Nonviolence” and “The Journey to Racial Justice: Repentance, Healing and Action”.

Curry has held various positions in the Archdiocese of Chicago, including program director for Catholic Relief Services, the American bishop’s international relief agency based in Baltimore. She worked in Lexington as a pastoral associate for parish social ministry. In Youngstown, his responsibilities included overseeing programs for the Diocesan Office of Social Action and managing grants for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Curry told Catholic Review that she was delighted to come to an archdiocese considered as the cradle of black Catholicism in the United States. She loves the rich history of Black Catholics and hopes to raise awareness throughout the Catholic Church of the contributions of Black Catholics.

It is essential that black voices are heard in the Catholic Church, said Curry, and that the community is represented at all levels.

“It is very important that people of color are at the table at the start-not afterwards, not after things were decided,” she said. “We need to be there from the start so we can help set the tone and be part of the agenda.”

Curry said she is encouraged that the Archdiocese of Baltimore has made racial justice a priority and that activities such as parish racial justice circles are already making progress in promoting cross-cultural understanding.

“You have to meet people where they are,” she said, “and you have to see people as people. We all have things in common. »

Curry said she hopes parishes will build on the evangelism work already underway to make their faith communities as welcoming as possible.

“There are a lot of people who are not church-goers,” she said. “So go out and meet and greet people. Have a youth basketball night or something. Do something to invite people.

Curry, who holds a master’s degree in theology from the Catholic Theological Union of Chicago, said she plans to spend a lot of time visiting many parishes in the archdiocese and does not initially plan to enroll. in one parish.

“I want to meet people and talk to pastors,” she said. “It’s important to me to hear what people need and want before I do anything else.”

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Massachusetts school can no longer identify as ‘Catholic’ on Black Lives Matter and gay pride flags, Bishop says https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/massachusetts-school-can-no-longer-identify-as-catholic-on-black-lives-matter-and-gay-pride-flags-bishop-says/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 16:23:57 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/massachusetts-school-can-no-longer-identify-as-catholic-on-black-lives-matter-and-gay-pride-flags-bishop-says/ A college in Massachusetts is no longer allowed to describe itself as Catholic after refusing to remove the Black Lives Matter and gay pride flags, the Bishop of the Diocese of Worcester has said. Bishop Robert J. McManus issued an official decree removing support for Worcester’s Nativity School after saying it was sending ‘mixed, confusing […]]]>

A college in Massachusetts is no longer allowed to describe itself as Catholic after refusing to remove the Black Lives Matter and gay pride flags, the Bishop of the Diocese of Worcester has said.

Bishop Robert J. McManus issued an official decree removing support for Worcester’s Nativity School after saying it was sending ‘mixed, confusing and outrageous’ messages about the church’s stance on moral and social issues .

An American flag, Pride flag and Black Lives Matter flag fly in a yard outside Worcester School of the Nativity in Worcester, Mass.Allan Jung/Telegram & Gazette/USA TODAY NETWORK

The bishop said Thursday that the flags – which fly outside the school under the American flag – “embody specific agendas or ideologies” that contradict Catholic teaching.

“I support the ‘Gay Pride’ flag as representing support for same-sex marriage and the active living of an LGBTQ+ lifestyle,” McManus said.

“This is also true of ‘Black Lives Matter’. The Catholic Church teaches that all life is sacred and the Church unequivocally supports the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ and strongly affirms that all lives matter,” said he declared.

The Bishop went on to say that the Black Lives Matter movement promotes “a platform that directly contradicts Catholic social teaching on the importance and role of the nuclear family and seeks to disrupt family structure in clear opposition to teachings of the Catholic Church”.

McManus said there had been months of discussion about alternatives to flying the flags, but the school refused to take them down.

School president Thomas McKenney said they started flying the flags in January 2021 after students, the majority of whom are people of color, called on the school to be more inclusive.

“These flags simply indicate that all are welcome at the Nativity and this value of inclusion is rooted in Catholic teaching,” McKenney said in a statement. statement Wednesday. “While any symbol or flag may be co-opted by political groups or organizations, flying our flags is not an endorsement of any organization or ideology, they are flown in support of marginalized people.”

The school said the bishop asked them to remove the flags in March. When the flags remained raised, the school was told it would be “prohibited from identifying itself as a Catholic school,” McKenney said.

He said the school plans to appeal the bishop’s decision and will not be removing the flags at this time.

School officials and McManus could not be immediately reached on Saturday.

In addition to not being allowed to use the Catholic title, the school is prohibited from holding masses and sacraments on school grounds as well as other repercussions.

The Nativity School in Worcester, located about 50 miles from Boston, was founded in 2003 and describes itself as an independent Catholic Jesuit college. It provides free education for boys in grades five through eight.

It was the only tuition-free Catholic school in the Diocese of Worcester and the only school in central Massachusetts that only educates economically challenged students, according to McKenney.

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The Catholic Church’s donation system records the loss https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/the-catholic-churchs-donation-system-records-the-loss/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 00:07:09 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/the-catholic-churchs-donation-system-records-the-loss/ Pope Francis (left) arrives to lead an audience with pilgrims from Slovakia at the Paul VI hall in Vatican City on April 30, 2022 – AFP VATICAN, June 16 (ANSA) – Óbolo de São Pedro, the Catholic Church’s fundraising system, recorded its first revenue growth since 2015, but ended 2021 with a loss of 18.4 […]]]>

Pope Francis (left) arrives to lead an audience with pilgrims from Slovakia at the Paul VI hall in Vatican City on April 30, 2022 – AFP

VATICAN, June 16 (ANSA) – Óbolo de São Pedro, the Catholic Church’s fundraising system, recorded its first revenue growth since 2015, but ended 2021 with a loss of 18.4 million euros , or the equivalent of 97 million reais at the current price.

According to the balance sheet published by the Vatican, Apollo raised 46.9 million euros last year (compared to 44.1 million in 2020), of which 44.5 million came from donations and 2.5 million from financial and other expenses activities.

The expenses amounted to 65.3 million euros and the deficit of 18.4 million was covered by the resources of the patrimony of the Holy See.

Most of the donations (65.3%) came from Catholic dioceses around the world, while 22% came from transfers made by foundations.

Only 9% of donations were made directly by individuals and 3.7% via religious denominations. The United States remains the main source of commitment funds with 29.3% of the total, followed by Italy (11.3%), Germany (5.2%), South Korea ( 3.2%) and France (2.7%).

Peter Opole is at the center of a Vatican trial in which powerful Cardinal Angelo Piccio stands as a defendant, accused of using donation money to finance the takeover of a building in London while he was “No. 2” in the State Secretariat, Korea’s main department.

These funds are generally used for charitable purposes, not for real estate investments in the Holy See, but Becciu denies the accusation. (Ansa).



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SENGENBERGER | The Catholic Church has the right to speak out against abortion extremism | Opinion https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/sengenberger-the-catholic-church-has-the-right-to-speak-out-against-abortion-extremism-opinion/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/sengenberger-the-catholic-church-has-the-right-to-speak-out-against-abortion-extremism-opinion/ Jimmy Sengenberger When Colorado Democrats passed and Gov. Jared Polis then signed House Bill 1279 — the so-called “Reproductive Health Equity Act” — they approved one of the most extreme abortion laws in the country. It is therefore not surprising that leaders of the Catholic Church in Colorado are backing down and vigorously denouncing the […]]]>






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When Colorado Democrats passed and Gov. Jared Polis then signed House Bill 1279 — the so-called “Reproductive Health Equity Act” — they approved one of the most extreme abortion laws in the country.

It is therefore not surprising that leaders of the Catholic Church in Colorado are backing down and vigorously denouncing the new law. The bishops urged Catholic Democrats who voted for the bill to refuse to receive Holy Communion.

These democrats are naturally not satisfied with such public condemnation, but on this issue the Church is on solid ground.

The law established abortion as a “fundamental right” in Colorado and prohibited virtually any limitation on the practice. As the Bishops summarized, “RHEA permits abortion from conception until birth and for any reason, including the child’s race, gender, or disability.”

As I wrote recently, “our laws are now so extreme that, in effect, we no longer have the common-sense but limited requirement that if a minor is under 18, his or her parents must be informed (but are not required to consent) unless the child obtains a judicial dispensation.

Colorado is a “code state,” which means that unless a law specifically makes something illegal, it’s legal. Even if the legislature had not approved the new law and the Supreme Court overruled its landmark Roe vs. Wade case this summer, nothing would change.

In short, Democrats didn’t need to pass a law to radically codify abortion in Colorado, making it explicitly legal with virtually no limits. In fact, what we have in Colorado is the exact opposite of what pro-choice activists fear in other states – a complete ban on abortion. Only in the case of Colorado can innocent unborn babies have their lives cut off until birth.

This is the definition of extreme.

June 6 letter Signed by Archbishop of Denver Samuel Aquila and Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Rodriguez, Bishop of Pueblo Stephen Berg and Bishop of Colorado Springs James Golka strongly condemns RHEA in this spirit.

The Catholic Church is always extraordinarily clear in its teaching on life. Moreover, not only does the Church oppose abortion to protect life; it is literally the main institution, through Catholic charities, to actively support life outside the womb. No non-governmental organizations in the state or country otherwise the world provides more services to mothers after unexpected pregnancy than the Catholic Church and its charitable programs. In Colorado, Services Marisol is one such vehicle.

In 2020, the Catholic Church resoundingly supported Proposition 115, which took a realistic, measured, and balanced approach to protecting the unborn child by banning abortion after 22 weeks of gestational age. It included exceptions for the life of the mother or if her life is “threatened by physical disorder, physical illness or physical injury”.

It was far from extreme.

So when Catholic bishops have pleaded for life, they do so in word and deed. Even so, the reaction of the Catholic Democrats who supported RHEA was fierce.

“I would invite them to read the wording of the bill that affirms this decision which should be free from government interference,” State Senator Julie Gonzales told Colorado Politics.

“I think the leadership of the church has strayed too far from its principles regarding Catholic social teaching,” she added. “This kind of politicization of the pulpit is disheartening and not where most Catholics in Colorado are.” To that end, Gonzales called Church leaders “out of touch” with their congregations.

How did Gonzales miss the part where her Church opposes the idea that abortion at all stages should “be free from government interference?” As a Catholic myself, it is quite amazing to hear a Catholic legislator say that she understands Catholic social teaching better than her archbishop. and on a matter of great moral importance (life) on which the Church has never wavered. The real surprise would be if they were quiet on RHEA.

“(I)t has become clear through their public votes (on RHEA) that several Catholic legislators support the end of life of unborn children and declare that a ‘fertilized egg, embryo or fetus’ has no ‘rights independents or derivatives “in Colorado,” the bishops write, citing the language of the bill. “These unborn babies are worth less than the ones who had the gift of being born, according to this morally bankrupt logic.”

Is the purpose of the Catholic Church simply to respect certain public opinions, or is it to lead on important moral issues? In this case, the bishops argue that “mortal sin” is involved here, and elected leaders must be held to a high standard.

“A Catholic politician or public figure who directs or encourages others to do evil is a disrespect for the souls of others and is what the church defines as a ‘scandal,'” the bishops added. . “Until public repentance takes place and sacramental absolution is received in confession, we ask Catholic legislators who live or worship in Colorado and who voted for RHEA to voluntarily refrain from receiving the holy Communion.”

Church leaders do not prevent legislators from receiving Communion; rather, they asked those lawmakers to personally refrain from doing so. “It rests on the conscience and the souls of the politicians who have chosen to support this bad and unjust law.”

The problem for the Catholic Democrats who voted for RHEA is not that the Church disagrees with them. It was that they established a law so radical and extreme that the bishops felt that a public rebuke was necessary.

Jimmy Sengenberger is the host of “The Jimmy Sengenberger Show” on Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. News/Talk 710 KNUS. He also hostsJimmy at the Crossroads”, a webcast and podcast in partnership with The Washington Examiner.

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5,700 acts of sexual abuse committed by German Catholic priests: report https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/5700-acts-of-sexual-abuse-committed-by-german-catholic-priests-report/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 16:31:28 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/5700-acts-of-sexual-abuse-committed-by-german-catholic-priests-report/ At least 600 youths have been documented as having been abused by Catholic priests (representational) Berlin: At least 600 young people have been documented as having been abused by Catholic priests in the German diocese of Münster, but the actual number of victims could be 10 times higher, according to a report published on Monday. […]]]>

At least 600 youths have been documented as having been abused by Catholic priests (representational)

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At least 600 young people have been documented as having been abused by Catholic priests in the German diocese of Münster, but the actual number of victims could be 10 times higher, according to a report published on Monday.

The diocese has official records of 610 victims of abuse, according to the Münster University report – about a third more than a previous study from 2018 indicated.

However, historian Natalie Powroznik, who was involved in the study, said the actual number of victims could be much higher with “around 5,000 to 6,000 girls and boys affected” in the diocese.

According to the report, at least 5,700 individual acts of sexual abuse were committed by a total of 196 clergy, including 183 priests.

Five percent of the clergy involved turned out to be serial offenders with more than 10 victims, and less than 10 percent had faced legal consequences.

At the height of abuse in the 1960s and 1970s, there were an average of two cases a week in the diocese, according to the report.

Three out of four victims were boys, the majority between the ages of 10 and 14, with many acts committed against altar boys or in children’s and youth camps.

The study reported considerable psychological consequences for victims reaching adulthood, including depression and suicidal thoughts, with indications of attempted suicide in 27 cases.

Widespread abuse

The Bishop of Münster, Felix Genn, is to comment in detail on the study on Friday.

The authors accuse Genn, who has been bishop of Münster since 2009, of failing to take action against the attackers.

In an initial response on Monday, Genn said he would “naturally accept responsibility for the mistakes that I myself have made regarding sexual abuse.”

The German Catholic Church has been rocked by a series of reports in recent years that have revealed widespread abuse of children by clergy.

A study commissioned by the German Bishops’ Conference in 2018 concluded that 1,670 clergy in the country committed some form of sexual assault against 3,677 minors between 1946 and 2014.

However, the actual number of victims would be much higher.

In January, a report in the Diocese of Munich and Freising found evidence of sexually abusive behavior in 235 people it investigated, including 173 priests, while there were at least 497 victims.

The report also revealed that former Pope Benedict XVI knowingly failed to take action to arrest four priests accused of child sex abuse in the 1980s when he was Archbishop of Munich.

Another report published last year revealed the extent of abuse by priests in the main German diocese of Cologne.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Lavern “Vern” A. Koenen Obituary https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/lavern-vern-a-koenen-obituary/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 23:57:09 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/lavern-vern-a-koenen-obituary/ Laverne “Vern” A. Koenen New Holstein – Lavern “Vern” A. Koenen, 91, of New Holstein formerly of Mt. Calvary, died Friday, June 10, 2022 at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac. He was born on April 12, 1931 in Mt. Calvary to Hubert and Laura (Weber) Koenen. He attended Holy Cross Catholic School in […]]]>

Laverne “Vern” A. Koenen

New Holstein – Lavern “Vern” A. Koenen, 91, of New Holstein formerly of Mt. Calvary, died Friday, June 10, 2022 at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac.

He was born on April 12, 1931 in Mt. Calvary to Hubert and Laura (Weber) Koenen. He attended Holy Cross Catholic School in Mt. Calvary. Vern enlisted in the United States Army and served from 1952 to 1954. In 2015, he proudly participated in the Honor Flight to Washington DC.

On July 3, 1954, he married Mary Ann Lefeber at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnsburg. Vern was very proud and happy to work for CD Smith of Fond du Lac for 39 years. He was a sports enthusiast; loved watching the Brewers, Green Bay Packers (even attended the famous 1967 Ice Bowl with his brother, Harold) and enjoyed watching local ball games in Mt. Calvary Park.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann; four daughters, one daughter, Pat (Allan) Utecht and their daughters Katie (Paul) Thibeault and Kristin (Patrick) Humpal; daughter, Dianne (Mark) Stellpflug and their children Kyle (Loreen) Stellpflug, Matt (Maia) Rumpho-Stellpflug, Laura (Rick) Bruess; his daughter Rosa (Joe) Sabatino and their children Leah (Erik) Olsen, Gina (Tony) Zipparro, Hannah (Dale) Balsitis, Joey (Alyssa) Sabatino; daughter, Donna (Jeff) Berchem and their daughters, Tara Berchem (special friend Jay) and Hayley Berchem; great-grandchildren, Emma, ​​Ava, Mark, Cora, Vayda, Isaiah, Ben and Juliette and Baby Sabatino due in August; brothers Harold Koenen and Robert (Bernadette) Koenen; he is survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Before him in death were his parents; a grandson Ross Allan Berchem; a sister-in-law Darlene Koenen; many relatives and friends.

A Christian Burial Liturgical Mass will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, June 17, 2022 at Our Lady of the Holy Cross Catholic Parish Church, 308 S. County Road W, Mt. Calvary, WI 53057, with the rev. Randy Knauf, OFM Cap officiating.

Visitation will be held at the Church of Mt. Calvary on Friday afternoon, June 17 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Military rites conducted by the Mt. Calvary American Legion Abler-Engel Post 454 will be held at the church following mass. Entombment will follow at a later date at the Mausoleum of the Sanctuary of Rest, Fond du Lac.

The family would like to give special thanks to the teams at Willow Park Place Assisted Living in New Holstein and St. Agnes Hospital for the care and compassion provided to Vern.

For more details, please contact Sippel Funeral Home in St. Cloud, WI (920) 999-2291 or visit www.sippelfuneralhome.net

Posted on June 11, 2022

Published in Fond du Lac Reporter, The Sheboygan Press

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In 1st, Pope welcomes Yad Vashem director to Vatican – but did not discuss Catholic Church’s Holocaust controversies https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/in-1st-pope-welcomes-yad-vashem-director-to-vatican-but-did-not-discuss-catholic-churchs-holocaust-controversies/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 21:57:32 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/in-1st-pope-welcomes-yad-vashem-director-to-vatican-but-did-not-discuss-catholic-churchs-holocaust-controversies/ (JTA) — Amid controversy over the Vatican’s Holocaust archives, Pope Francis and the director of Israel’s State Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem, met for a one-of-a-kind interview . Yad Vashem director Dani Dayan met with the pope Thursday at his office in the Vatican. During their 30-minute conversation, they talked about ways to “strengthen collaborative activities” […]]]>

(JTA) — Amid controversy over the Vatican’s Holocaust archives, Pope Francis and the director of Israel’s State Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem, met for a one-of-a-kind interview .

Yad Vashem director Dani Dayan met with the pope Thursday at his office in the Vatican. During their 30-minute conversation, they talked about ways to “strengthen collaborative activities” in the areas of “Holocaust remembrance, education and documentation, and discuss efforts to combat against anti-Semitism and racism in the world,” Dayan’s office wrote in a statement.

Dayan thanked the pope for his decision in 2020 to open the Vatican archives linked to wartime Pope Pius XII, who critics say he did too little to intervene on behalf of the 6 million Jews that the Nazis murdered during the Holocaust.

But they did not discuss Holocaust-related controversies that have strained Jewish-Catholic relations for years, Dayan told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Instead, Dayan focused on areas of consensus and strengthening ties with the Vatican, he said.

One of these controversies is the ongoing beatification of Pius XII. Another relates to other archives that Holocaust researchers say are still inaccessible to them. And another centers on the debate over whether the Vatican should acknowledge and provide more detail about what Pius XII did during the Holocaust.

“You don’t sit down with the pope on specific issues. You sit with the pope on the big issues, on the principles, on the headlines,” said Dayan, a former consul general of the State of Israel in New York who became the head of Yad Vashem the year when asked if he raised any of these issues during the meeting.

When asked if he had made requests, Dayan replied, “No need to make requests – of course, not requests – when all our requests are handled diligently. We are completely satisfied with the attitude of the pope personally and of the Catholic Church, the Vatican.

Not all Holocaust historians share Dayan’s satisfaction.

Certainly not David Kerzer, professor of Italian studies at Brown University whose 2014 book on the pope’s ties to fascism won a Pulitzer Prize.

Kerzer this week published a new book titled “The Pope at War: The Secret History of Pius XII, Mussolini and Hitler” based on archives opened in 2020 by the Vatican. He told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency on Thursday that he hopes the pope will consider “changing the course of the Vatican regarding the continued denial of the Church’s role in the demonization of Jews that has helped make the Possible Holocaust. And also maybe to reconsider if they really want to make Pius VII a saint.

A commission set up in 1998 by the Vatican concluded that the centuries in which the Catholic Church espoused anti-Jewish sentiments as official policy did not lead to the anti-Semitism that fueled the Holocaust.

The commission’s findings, which have been Vatican policy, are that “anti-Judaism” based on Church theology was essentially unrelated to “Nazi anti-Semitism based on theories contrary to the constant teaching of the Church”.

Kerzer is one of many critics of this reading of history. These critics argue that the centuries of persecution of the Jews carried out by the Catholic Church in some way paved the way for the Nazi genocide.

“Forcing Jews to wear yellow badges and keeping them locked up in ghettos were not inventions of the Nazis in the 20th century, but a policy that popes had championed for hundreds of years,” Kerzer noted in a 2001 New York Times op-ed.

On Thursday, Kerzer said the Vatican deserved praise for the decision. But, he added, “there are limits” to access to other archives, including the Vatican Secretary of State’s archives and some Inquisition-related archives.

Still, Kerzer said he was “not in a position to say what Mr. Dayan should or should not have said during the meeting” with the pope.

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St. James Catholic Church celebrates its final mass https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/st-james-catholic-church-celebrates-its-final-mass/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 03:38:00 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/st-james-catholic-church-celebrates-its-final-mass/ The church is now permanently closed and will soon be put up for sale. GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — A 150-year-old church in Grand Rapids is now closed for good after celebrating its last mass on Tuesday morning. The church is closing due to declining attendance over the past 30 years and the building is facing […]]]>

The church is now permanently closed and will soon be put up for sale.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — A 150-year-old church in Grand Rapids is now closed for good after celebrating its last mass on Tuesday morning. The church is closing due to declining attendance over the past 30 years and the building is facing both structural problems and weak finances.

The first Mass at St. James was held in July 1872, and now nearly 150 years later people have said goodbye to the parish.

“Knowing that it is closing and not knowing what its future is is very disturbing,” said Mary Rademacher Reed, a former parishioner.

The final mass was also the first return of parishioners to the church since the start of the pandemic.

“It was really emotional for me,” Reed says.

She says she was flooded with memories of growing up at St. James’s School and the church.

“Every significant event that you have had here at your church, here at the parish, here at St. James,” Mary said. “I can imagine so many times all of our families on the steps after a funeral or a wedding or all the sacraments we’ve all been through, the home movies my dad took, always showing all those wonderful moments in our lives. “

“The whole parish was a family,” says Norman Szubinski.

He raised his family in church and he worked there as a pastoral associate and participated in different activities over the years, such as funerals, bingo and fish fries.

“We handed out samples to everyone and we were just a famous fry,” he says.

Norman says he is upset to see the church closing.

“But I kind of understood that it was going to happen eventually, because that’s what people downtown [at the diocese] wanted,” he said. “Whatever they want, they will get.

His daughter, Kathy Swain, agrees. Swain married and two of her sons were baptized in the church.

“I knew they were talking about shutting it down, but it was like I felt like it was so abrupt,” she says.

She and her father hope the building will be preserved in some way to honor the story.

“A lot of farmers and people here, they built it themselves too. So it’s their heart and soul that’s sweating and crying here,” Kathy says. “So a lot of people who still go here, they’re fourth, fifth, sixth generation. To see how your ancestors built this, and now it won’t be there, it’s sad.”

“We have enough breweries, but I’d say it’s better than tearing them down,” Reed says.

The church will go on sale next week. The pews will either be donated or sold to other churches, and whoever buys the building must keep the stained glass windows.

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Dozens Died, State Lawmaker Says: NPR https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/dozens-died-state-lawmaker-says-npr/ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 14:12:46 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/dozens-died-state-lawmaker-says-npr/ A view of St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Nigeria on Sunday. Lawmakers in southwestern Nigeria say more than 50 people are believed to have died after gunmen opened fire and detonated explosives in a church. Rahaman A Yusuf/AP hide caption toggle caption Rahaman A Yusuf/AP A view of St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, […]]]>

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ABUJA, Nigeria — Gunmen opened fire on worshipers and detonated explosives at a Catholic church in southwestern Nigeria on Sunday, killing dozens, state lawmakers said.

The attackers targeted St. Francis Catholic Church in Ondo state just as worshipers were gathering on Pentecost Sunday, lawmaker Ogunmolasuyi Oluwole said. Among the dead were many children, he said.

The presiding priest was also kidnapped, said Adelegbe Timileyin, who represents Owo region in Nigeria’s lower legislative house.

“Our hearts are heavy,” Ondo Governor Rotimi Akeredolu tweeted on Sunday. “Our peace and tranquility have been attacked by the enemies of the people.”

Authorities did not immediately release an official death toll. Timileyin said at least 50 people were killed, although others have put the figure. Videos appearing to be from the scene of the attack showed church worshipers lying in pools of blood as people around them wept.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said that “only demons from the lower region could have conceived and carried out such a despicable act”, according to a statement from his spokesperson.

“No matter what, this country will never give in to evil and the wicked, and darkness will never triumph over light. Nigeria will win in the end,” said Buhari, who was elected after swearing to end to Nigeria’s protracted security crisis.

In Rome, Pope Francis responded to the announcement of the attack.

“The Pope has learned of the attack on the church in Ondo, Nigeria, and the death of dozens of faithful, including many children, during the celebration of Pentecost. As the details are clarified, Pope Francis pray for the victims and the country, painfully affected at a moment of celebration, and entrust them both to the Lord so that he sends his spirit to console them,” the pope said in a statement published by the press office of the Vatican.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack on the church. While much of Nigeria is struggling with security issues, Ondo is widely known as one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria. The state, however, has been caught up in an escalating violent conflict between farmers and herders.

Nigerian security forces did not immediately respond to questions about how the attack happened or if there are any leads on the suspects. Owo is about 215 miles east of Lagos.

“In the history of Owo, we have never experienced such a horrible incident,” lawmaker Oluwole said. “It’s too much.”

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News from the Queen: Catholic Church leader impressed by monarch’s ‘stability and depth’ | royal | New https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/news-from-the-queen-catholic-church-leader-impressed-by-monarchs-stability-and-depth-royal-new/ Sat, 04 Jun 2022 15:40:00 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/news-from-the-queen-catholic-church-leader-impressed-by-monarchs-stability-and-depth-royal-new/ Cardinal Vincent Nichols, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, told Andrew Pierce on LBC he was in awe of the “amazing” Queen. On the third day of his Platinum Jubilee, celebrating 70 years on the throne, Cardinal Nichols said the monarch had brought “stability and depth” to the nation. He said his […]]]>

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, told Andrew Pierce on LBC he was in awe of the “amazing” Queen. On the third day of his Platinum Jubilee, celebrating 70 years on the throne, Cardinal Nichols said the monarch had brought “stability and depth” to the nation. He said his “sacrifice” in giving himself to the country was made “without hesitation”.

Cardinal Nichols said: “The queen is amazing. What she brings is stability, depth, and that fine example of serve.

“And I think it’s that sense of service that goes beyond self. This is not uncommon in our society.

“A lot of people sacrifice their own lives for their children, for their loved ones, but here we have someone who has done it consistently without hesitation.

“And that makes us wonder how she does it? What about her?

“She’s got a lot of support but there’s something deep inside her that gives her that stability.”

Queen Elizabeth’s son and heir, Prince Charles, and grandson, Prince William, will pay their respects to the record-breaking monarch later today.

She is not expected to attend the event, having already missed a number of other events due to health issues.

During a pop concert at Buckingham Palace on the third day of national celebrations for his 70th anniversary on the throne, Prince Charles will pay tribute to the monarch.

The ‘Party at the Palace’, which will feature singers Alicia Keys and Diana Ross, is the main Platinum Jubilee event today, along with the Epsom Derby horse race.

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During Friday’s National Thanksgiving Service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell used a horse racing analogy in his sermon to pay homage to the Queen.

He said: “Your Majesty, we are sorry that you are not here with us this morning, but we are so happy that you are still in the saddle. And we are happy that there is still more to come. So thank you to stay the course.”

A sideshow to the main celebrations was Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan making their first public appearance together in Britain since leaving official duties to move to Los Angeles two years ago.

Notably on Saturday, the official Twitter accounts of the monarch, Charles and William all sent messages almost simultaneously to mark the first birthday of Lilibet, the couple’s daughter who is named after the Queen.

Elizabeth had not met her great-granddaughter before the trip, and Buckingham Palace has not commented on newspaper reports that they were eventually introduced.

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