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 Sea change’ in Catholic sex abuse scandal
 New rector source of pride in community
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 Haitians fear deportation from Dominican Republic as deadline looms
 Dear Hollywood, It’s Time To Start Making Films about Real Black Catholic Nuns
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Bishop Edward Braxton’s letter on the shooting in Charleston, SC

Once again, our country is stunned by the mass murders of innocent fellow human beings, this time in a place of worship. Once again, there are expressions of shock and outrage. Once again, some public officials are urging the enactment of reasonable laws governing the possession and use of guns in our communities. Once again, these pleas will probably go unheeded. Full Story

USCCB President Delivers Statement On Race Relations At General Assembly

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), delivered a statement on race relations at their annual Spring General Assembly, June 10. Full Story

What Catholic Writer Thomas Merton Can Teach Us About Racial Justice

Merton’s words are relevant in the wake of protests in Ferguson, New York and Baltimore, panelists said. But people of faith must do more than weep about the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Freddie Gray, black men killed by police, the speakers suggested. Full Story

New Xavier President

New Orleans, LA - The Board of Trustees of Xavier University of Louisiana announced today that it has unanimously elected Dr. C. Reynold Verret as the university’s next president. Full Story

Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the Josephites…

Superior General- Fr. Michael Thompson; Vicar General- Fr. Roderick Coates and Consultor General, Fr.Thomas Frank

Legacy of Cyprian Davis fondly remembered

The Rev. Cyprian Davis left a rich legacy for Philadelphia’s African American Catholic community. Davis, the author of “The History of Black Catholics” and “Stamped with the Image of God: African Americans as God’s Image in Black,” passed away in his sleep peacefully on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Full Story

Catholics say final farewell to Chicago’s Cardinal George

About 1,200 people packed Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral Thursday to say goodbye to the late Cardinal Francis George. The smell of incense rose into the rafters as nearly 70 Roman Catholic cardinals and bishops filed slowly into the cathedral. They were joined by top political leaders, priests and religious sisters, as well as George’s family, friends, co-workers and parishioners. The mass ended with three days of visitation, including an interfaith service and an overnight vigil Wednesday. Full Story

Student Sues Catholic High School For Failing To Combat Racial Harassment From Classmates

The family of a former student at a Madison, Wisconsin parochial high school has filed a lawsuit against the school and its two top administrators over claims of unchecked racial harassment, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Blake Broadnax, an African-American student, and his parents, Keith and Rena, allege that Edgewood High School, its president Michael Elliott, and its principal Robert Growney, failed to discipline students whose racial taunts caused Broadnax to leave the school in December 2013, the report says. From 2011 through December 2013, Broadnax was subject to repeated racial harassment and bullying, the Sentinel writes. In many cases, the defendants listed above were made aware of the incidents, but failed to take action. Full Story

US bishops, black evangelicals discuss family life on anniversary of Moynihan report

Fifty years after Daniel Patrick Moynihan, then Assistant Secretary of Labor, raised the alarm about the increase rates of illegitimate births among African Americans, a group of US bishops gathered with black evangelical leaders to discuss family life. Full Story

Black clergy group goes to Vatican before Pope’s visit

The Black clergy, members of PICO, an Oakland, Calif.-based religious group, sought to highlight issues of particular concern to the African-American community, including economic exclusion, racism, low wages, racism, immigration deportation and police brutality. The visit followed last month’s Year of Encounter kickoff meeting with Cardinal Oscar Rodriquez in Philadelphia. Full Story

Think you’re important because you have money? Think again, Pope says

“There are three things, three steps that take us away from Jesus: wealth, vanity and pride,” the Pope told attendees of his May 26 Mass in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse. Full Story

The #LaudatoWay: Five eco-lifestyle changes Pope Francis wants you to make

Pope Francis’ highly-anticipated environmental encyclical, “Laudato Si” (Praised Be to You) is hot off the press!

In case you haven’t had the chance to read all 184 pages of the new encyclical yet, we’ve come up with five steps you can take to follow what’s being called the #LaudatoWay - little steps we can all take to changing our ecological lifestyles. It’s named after St. Therese and her “Little Way”, which Pope Francis mentions in para. 230 of the encyclical, and to whom he has a special devotion! Full Story

Sea change’ in Catholic sex abuse scandal

Pope Francis has created a church tribunal to judge bishops who fail to protect children from sexually abusive priests, the Vatican announced Wednesday, a move long sought by abuse victims and their advocates. The new court will be part of the powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Catholic Church’s chief watchdog. Full Story

New rector source of pride in community

The man of the hour appeared surprisingly calm as he shook outstretched hands, returned hugs and kisses, exchanged smiles while the excitement level in the building was rising. The St. Benedict Parish choir had warmed up and was ready to tear the roof off the structure, singing gospel songs, from the rich traditions of black religious music from several denominations. Full Story

An African-American Woman Reflects on the Transgender Movement

There’s no doubt that race and sex are two very different issues. Race is a social construct invented during the era of slavery. Before the European enslavement of Africans, there were no united “black people” in Africa, and there were no united “white people” in Europe. Thanks to slavery, the labels of black and white became a convenient way to continue oppression, but they are a relatively new way of identifying one’s self. Full Story

Obama tackles poverty on a panel in front of Catholic and evangelical leaders

Faith groups could change the dialogue around poverty and policy if they spoke out more powerfully, President Obama said Tuesday at a high-level conference of Catholics and evangelicals aimed at decreasing polarization around the subject. “I think it would be powerful for our faith based organizations to speak out on this in a more forceful fashion,” Obama said at a conference at Georgetown University that is gathering evangelicals and Catholics around the topic of poverty. This may sound self -interested, Obama said, acknowledging differences with Catholics and evangelicals on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. “I think there is more power to be had there, a more transformative voice that’s available around these issues.” Full Story

Haitians fear deportation from Dominican Republic as deadline looms

The Dominican government says the changes to its nationality and immigration laws aim to tackle illegal migration from neighboring Haiti. Human rights groups say the move is rooted in longstanding racism and xenophobia in the Dominican Republic towards darker-skinned Haitians. Full Story

Dear Hollywood, It’s Time To Start Making Films about Real Black Catholic Nuns

Since the 1st century, thousands upon thousands of black women and girls have professed the sacred vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in the Roman Catholic Church. However, the church’s longstanding practices of racial segregation and exclusion in religious life kept the global population of black Catholic sisters low and statistically insignificant in various parts of the world well into the twentieth century. Full Story

Merged congregation to mark milestone

Dr. Emmett Orr of Dayton is a third-generation Catholic. His early church closed, and his and his wife’s churches merged to become St. Benedict the Moor. In May, the church will celebrate its 10th anniversary as a thriving combined parish. It is believed to be the first Catholic church in both the state and Cincinnati Archdiocese that was built and paid for by black people for their use. Full Story

Two Atlantic City churches closing as Diocese of Camden consolidates parishes

“I would say, from my observing what has gone on in the Diocese of Camden with the mergers, it’s a very good thing for the life of the church, especially for the life of the parish,” Sullivan said. “A merge enriches a parish. A merger brings consolidated resources to the parish. A merger enables a parish to do things that it could not do because it had very limited resources.” Full Story

Papal charity to open night shelter for homeless

Among the services that homeless people around the Vatican are receiving from the charity of Pope ?Francis, will be added another one - a place to sleep. After a place for shower, a barber’s service in the ?Vatican and a hot meal at Rome’s Terminus station, the homeless will soon have a dormitory near the ?Vatican…. Full Story

Transgenderism: A Pathogenic Meme

For forty years as the University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School-twenty-six of which were also spent as Psychiatrist in Chief of Johns Hopkins Hospital-I’ve been studying people who claim to be transgender. Over that time, I’ve watched the phenomenon change and expand in remarkable ways. Full Story


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