Friday, April 24, 2015

Five Things To Remember On April 24

1. Pope Francis has appointed Father Edward C. Malesic, 54, bishop of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and accepted the resignation of Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt, 76, from pastoral governance of that diocese. Father Malesic is a priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and judicial vicar of that diocese.

2. The Central American Minors (CAM) program, a new initiative of the U.S. government which allows children in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to apply for asylum and humanitarian parole in the United States from their home countries, is a tool that helps save children’s lives, said a USCCB representative, April 23.

3. This weekend is the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. Over 80 dioceses in the United States rely on support from this collection. Learn how you can strengthen the Church at home.

4. During a recent homily, Pope Francis said our faith is an encounter with Jesus.

5. God loves you.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Five Things To Remember On April 22

1.Father John Crossin looks at the relationship between science and Catholicism and the search for truth.

2. Pope Francis has named Father Brendan Cahill, 51, a priest of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, bishop of Victoria, Texas, and accepted the resignation of Bishop David E. Fellhauer, 75, from pastoral governance of that diocese.

3.Pope Francis says the Sacraments help us to live out the Gospel in his tweet today.

4. Cardinal Francis George's funeral Mass is today. View the Archdiocese of Chicago's tribute page.

5. God loves you.

Walking With Others: Science and Ecumenism

By Father John Crossin, OSFS

This past February, I attended a Workshop on Science and Religion at the American Association for the Advancement of Science [AAAS] in downtown Washington. That day we explored the connection of science with Catholicism and ways to communicate knowledge more effectively.

The intersection of science and religion has been of interest to me for well over a decade. I imagine that this interest goes to back to my college days studying for my degree in mathematics.

These days I see a relationship of this workshop to my daily work with others. In our Secretariat we seek ecumenical and interreligious understanding. To use Pope Francis’ image, we walk with our friends in other religious tradition with mutual respect. We seek to understand their points of view and their values more deeply. We also share our thoughts, value and concerns with them.

In our American culture, science is valued and technology influences almost all aspects of life. Science and technology are the basic framework many people have for viewing the world. It can be an alternative faith or philosophy of life. It seems to me that we can adopt the same attitude of mutual respect with the "believers in science" as we do with our religious colleagues. Science can expand our horizons and deepen our understanding.

Whatever the attitudes of some church officials were centuries ago, certainly the Church nowadays has a great respect for the findings of modern science. These findings are taught thoroughly in Catholic schools.

Our attitude, however, is a critical one. We analyze research findings to see if they have been replicated by others. We realize that there are limits to science. Scientific method is a tool that helps us to discover extraordinary things about our world. It enables modern inventions such as the computer used to type this reflection.

We also are critical of efforts to over-extend science.  Some would make genes, for example, the explanation or everything: "My genes made me do it!" We question whether the extension of legitimate science into a total philosophy of life is legitimate.

Such efforts to broaden scientific understanding are fascinating in some ways. They give us things to think about. But they seem to stretch the truth.

We Catholics, as reasonable people, want to know the truth about material things and truths about life. Thus we converse with our scientific colleagues as we walk along.

Father John Crossin is an Oblate of St. Francis De Sales and executive director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Five Things To Remember On April 22

1. Pope Francis said today that it is the Church's vocation to care for the covenant of marriage.

2. The pope will also be visiting Cuba before his U.S. trip this September.

3. On Earth Day, the pope also said, “I exhort everyone to see the world through the eyes of God the Creator: the earth is an environment to be safeguarded, a garden to be cultivated."

4.The 2015 Catholic Communications Campaign (CCC) will be taken up in many dioceses the weekend of May 16-17. This collection helps support evangelization efforts at home and abroad through a variety of communications platforms, including the Internet, radio, print and social media. “With digital media taking an increased role in our daily lives, it is important that the Church continues using these new mediums as a way to connect with people. This collection makes many communications projects possible and breathes new life into our evangelization efforts,” said Bishop Joseph J. Tyson of Yakima, Washington, chairman of the USCCB CCC subcommittee

5. God loves you.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Five Things To Remember On April 21

1. Pope Francis said in his homily that the Church today is a Church of martyrs.

2. Cardinal Seán O'Malley spoke out yesterday against abortion activists stalling a bill aimed to assist victims of human trafficking.

3. April is a time to promote awareness of child abuse prevention and to learn how the Catholic Church is working to protect children and young people.

4. Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul S. Coakley says Oklahoma City "spirit of caring and kindness" have emerged in the 20 years since a bombing killed 168 people.

5. God loves you.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Five Things To Remember On April 20

1. Cardinal Francis George, of Chicago, died Friday, eliciting reactions from around the world, including Pope Francis. Cardinal George's brother bishops released a series of statements and tweets, remembering their friend.

2. The schedule for his Funeral Mass and viewing services are available.

3.We are giving away copies of our two new children's books, Green Street Park and Drop by Drop, starting today. Share with your followers.

4. Learn more about how the books can help with teaching children about enacting Catholic social justice with two feet of love.

5. God loves you.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Five Things To Remember On April 17

1. Pope Francis said Christian humility is love, not masochism, today in his homily.

2. Coming up on April 25-26 in your parish, the Catholic Home Mission Appeal is an opportunity to strengthen the Church At Home.

3. See how one woman who is enduring a cancer struggle is speaking against assisted suicide.

4. On Monday, the USCCB will be starting a social media giveaway. Commenters will have the chance to receive two new children's books by the conference about taking care of creation and each other. Find out more.

5. God loves you.