In Person: Sister Activist – Simone Campbell

Reprinted from “In These Times”  Author: Rebecca Burns

Simone Chapman leads Nuns on the Bus, who lobby for social and economic justice (and plague Paul Ryan).

“Politically, women have always been at the margins of the Church. Part of our mission is to annoy the center.” Continue reading

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Who Didn’t Win the Presidential Debate?

Reprinted from Sojourners – October 4, 2012

I’m sure many of you watched the debates last night. Regardless of who you may vote for in November I found this article from Jim Wallis very telling about what neither candidate mentioned in there 90 minute discourse last night. Continue reading

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Our Royal Responsibility

Posted from The 21st Century American Catholic

Vatican II says that we participate in Christ’s kingly office. That means that we have the spiritual empowerment and responsibility to correct our society and culture in the saving grace of Christ. It means that we are in this world in order to work to save it in the grace of Christ. It means that we are the 21st century eyes, mind, heart and hands of Christ. Continue reading

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Soul Sister: Sister Rosemary and the Black Jesus

A friend sent this NPR clip to me and listening to it brought tears to my eyes.  I hope you enjoy it and appreciate it as much as I did.   Turn up the speakers, click the link here:  My Personal Jesus and press the Launch Player button.  Take a few minutes (about 8) to listen.  You’ll be glad that you did.

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Aggiornamento 2012

America Magazine – October 8, 2012

Pope John XXIII

On Oct. 11 Pope Benedict XVI, will celebrate the golden jubilee of the opening of the Second Vatican Council with a Mass at Saint Peter’s Basilica. In a grand gesture, he has invited Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, to attend. America began its observance of the anniversary last February with a series of special articles, and we will continue to celebrate the council’s achievements as anniversaries of its landmark developments unfold over the next three years. With this issue, we want to reflect on Vatican II as a council of reform, considering how it re-imagined a centuries-old institution as the people of God, so that the holiness of the church would become visible through the full participation of all the baptized. Continue reading

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Bishop Raymond G. Hunthausen Celebrates 50 Years!

Many of you may have already seen this article that was posted to NCR-Online on August 30.  We all celebrate Archbishop “Dutch” Hunthausen for the stands that he took and the stewardship he promoted during his tenure as Bishop of Helena and Archbishop of Seattle.
He is a model and mentor that exemplifies the very best of our church.  As the only living bishop to have attended the Second Vatican Council, he has lived out the precepts of that council for the past 50 years. Continue reading

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Pope Calls Laity to Responsibility in the Church

Says a Change of Mentality Is Needed

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 24, 2012 (Zenit.org)

Benedict XVI says the laity should be seen as truly “co-responsible” for the Church, and not just “collaborators” with the clergy.

The Pope said this in an Aug. 10 message released Thursday by the Vatican. It is addressed to the 6th Assembly of the International Catholic Action Forum. The five-day Continue reading

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Most Catholic Bishops are “Moral Heretics”

Reprinted from New Catholic Times

A small Catholic college in Massachusetts has been pressured by the local bishop into canceling an invitation to Sen. Ted Kennedy’s widow, Vicky Kennedy, to deliver the school’s commencement address because of her support of abortion rights and gay marriage. Continue reading

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What are we About?

Some time ago someone from our group introduced me to a new blogpost: “Questions from a Ewe”.   The author of this blog is a laywoman somewhere in a local midwest parish.  Her blog touches people all around the world.  Today she told the story of what prompted her to begin to write a blog and it resonated with me as a “Concerned Catholic of Montana”.  I think it will have the same resonance with you.   Continue reading

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Vatican Lifts Suspension of Priest

Perhaps it’s “a sign of the times”.  It’s been nearly a year now since the New Roman Missal was implemented and it’s still in the news.  Here is a link to the article that appeared at Continue reading

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