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‘I’m Mary, Jesus’ mother’
isa Moody plays Mary in the annual Good Friday outdoor re-enactment of the Passion of Christ at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in East Palo Alto. Her, son, Tyler, portrays Jesus. “I’ll be the mother crying out as Mary, but also the mother crying to see my son performing this,” she said. “It’s so powerful and emotional.” Turn to Page 17 for more on the play’s actors and preparations.
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Did prayer to wartime priest lead to East Bay man’s cancer recovery?
By Valerie Schmalz If the Vatican authenticates the 1997 healing of an East Bay man diagnosed with incurable gastric cancer days before his wedding, then the Catholic Church will beatify Father Franz Stock, a German Army chaplain to Paris prisoners of the Nazis. Father Stock was “the last human face” hundreds, perhaps thousands, saw before their execution. He is a symbol of reconciliation in France and Germany, where streets and schools are named for him and national leaders have honored him. A French post-
age stamp commemorating Father Stock was issued in 1998 for the 50th anniversary of his death from pulmonary edema on Feb. 24, 1948, at age 43. The Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of San Francisco investigated the 1997 medical case and sent its report to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints on March 16. If the Vatican authenticates the miracle, Father Stock would be declared blessed. He would be canonized if a second miracle is verified. Three months after doctors said a 33-year-old East Bay resident had at most STOCK, page 20
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Report on case sent to Rome in sainthood investigation of German Father Franz Stock
Father Franz Stock, center, is pictured with Archbishop Angelo Roncalli – the future Pope John XXIII – at a German prisoner of war camp, Sept. 18, 1945.
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April 6, 2012
On The Where You Live By Tom Burke Archbishop Riordan’s Lindland Theatre helped birth two great love stories, said Valerie O’Riordan, the school’s drama director in a note to this column: Young artists’ love of the theatre and the love of two artists for each other. Annie Donovan, St. Cesar Romero and Ignatius College Prep 2002, Annie Donovan and Cesar Romero, Riordan 2003, met in 2001 and shared the stage at Riordan for “Godspell” in 2002. On March 10, they gathered with family and friends and announced their engagement in the lobby of the theater. Congrats to both! Kevin White, a Knight of Malta and parishioner of Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park, was honored with the American Ireland Fund’s Distinguished Leadership Award March 9. Kevin is a former chairman of the board of regents of St. Patrick’s Seminary & University. He is a graduate of St. Catherine School in Burlingame, Serra High School in San Mateo and the University of San Francisco. Kevin’s family immigrated to Louisiana from Ireland in 1846 later moving to San Francisco to begin the Kevin White White Coal Company and later White Lumber Company. Today, Kevin is president of White Land Company. As a Knight of Malta he has made pilgrimages to Lourdes and also served in leadership of the trips. Kevin and his wife Mary, an attorney, are the parents of Kate, Steven, Lexie and Chasen. White’s brother Tom White is principal of St. Anne School in San Francisco. “The award is presented to those whose achievements exemplify the spirit of the Irish who left their native land and helped to build the American nation,” organizers said. Congrats to students at Holy Angels School in Colma who collected more than 700 packages of macaroni and cheese for sharing by North Peninsula Food Pantry in Daly City. Congrats to students at St. Thomas the Apostle School who donated almost 1,000 pairs of socks to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco as part of a Valentine’s Day campaign for people in need. In addition, sixth graders took an interreligious field trip to Congregation Emanu-El. Thanks to principal, Judith Borelli for filling us in. Lent had students at Immaculate Heart of Mary School
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Priest moved to help young people affected by poverty, HIV/AIDS The shantytown 25 miles north of Arusha, in northern Tanzania, on the road to Nairobi, is a kind of incubator for HIV/AIDS. Often, the children of those infected with the virus are orphaned, and they, too, suffer amid deplorable conditions and die. Father Faustine Mosha must bury them. “It broke my heart, to see children in the casket all the time,” said Father Mosha, who has largely been away from Tanzania while working and studying in San Francisco for the past six years, although the memories of the young dead still haunt him. Indeed, 52-year-old Father Mosha has been so moved by the wrenching toll that HIV/AIDS and poverty have taken on disadvantaged young people in Tanzania that he is launching a nonprofit foundation to give them a better world. He calls it the Watoto and Makuzi Center – Swahili words for children and growth – and when he returns to Arusha near the end of the year he will conduct fundraising and planning and collaboration with the African community for the first phase of the enterprise – an orphanage, to give care to needy children “in order to save their lives,” with proper nutrition, education and clinical services. A clinic and school will follow, the three elements integrated. In all, the proposed center is a big-thinking goal. “You have to have a wide horizon,” said Father Mosha, who added that he has kept focused on the foundation and center and how to bring them about while engaged for the past six years with the Archdiocese of San Francisco – first in the missions office and, since 2008, as chaplain at the St. Luke’s campus of California Pacific Medical Center. In addition, he earned a master’s degree in Organization and Leadership at the School of Education at the University of San Francisco, a course that presents leadership as the product of commitment, academic excellence and innovative practice. The mission of the Watoto and Makuzi Center, said Father Mosha, “is to collaborate with and empower rural communities in Arusha in mobilizing resources to provide health care and support, nutrition and education to children and young adults disadvantaged with diseases and poverty.” A San Francisco donor has given Father Mosha funds to purchase the property on which the center is to be built near the shantytown, but perhaps as daunting as the notion of future fundraising and the scale of the project
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is this challenge: Father Mosha must change the culture, particularly entrenched in rural Tanzania, that holds that HIV/AIDS and the sexual encounters that lead to infection are taboo subjects, topics that bring shame, embarrassment and isolation. The disease in this culture “is a result of an offense against their ancestors and the gods, of their family and the community,” said Father Mosha. “They believe that is why they are being punished,” he said. “Some of them,” young adults and children, “are completely isolated by their communities and even by their immediate families,” he said. “They are left to die on their own.” His campaign to make that cultural change – to get people to begin a narrative about HIV/AIDS and provide emotional and spiritual support and connectivity for people infected – began with a small step. In 2004, Father Mosha,
a priest of the Archdiocese of Arusha, assembled a group of six women, four of them from his parish, to meet and discuss their lives and various stages of HIV/AIDS. Because of the prevailing cultural stigma they couldn’t talk about the disease – until the third meeting when one of the six was able to start talking about how she felt, without touching on how she became infected. A conversation between the women began in the fourth meeting – they shared stories about what is going on with their families, how they feel isolated and embarrassed, because of the negative public perception. But, they were talking – it was “a huge difference,” said Father Mosha. “A lot of people died in silence and isolation,” said Father Mosha, “because there is no awareness and talking about (HIV/AIDS).” When, in addition to the struggle in creating a dialogue, Father Mosha conducted one funeral after another for young people, he said he felt “God is calling me to do something to support these children and to advocate for their rights.” Fundamentally, his vision for the center is driven by the “passion to transform lives and dreams of underserved children for a hopeful future” through education and prevention, health care and spiritual well-being, said Father Mosha. The care for the kids will be in partnership with local villages. The center begins with the premise that every child, regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race or religion, is naturally endowed with the “inviolable right to pursue and nurture a dream for meaningful living engendered in healthy and productive life.” The center will be independent, unconnected to the government or the Catholic Church, he said, to keep it fully transparent and free of influence. The need is great, he added. He said there may be more than 100,000 children infected with HIV in Tanzania and some 100 in the city of Arusha, a government center of East Africa. His work as a chaplain, of course, reinforced how humbling it is to see lives end, but also how it helped him learn more about himself and the meaning of life. He said the experience causes you to ask these questions: “Who are we as human beings? Who are we in relationships with others? Who are we in terms of the values we stand for? Who are we in terms of our human nature? Who are we in terms of what we believe in our relationship with God? It is humbling – and a great learning experience,” he said.
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Archbishop Niederauer’s Jubilee Mass April 30
VATICAN CITY – The Vatican spokesman praised Cuba’s decision to accept Pope Benedict XVI’s request to make Good Friday a national holiday this year. “It is certainly a very positive sign,” Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said April 1. Good Friday, the commemoration of Jesus’ passion and death, falls on April 6 this year. During the pope’s private meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro in Havana March 27, the pope asked for further freedoms for the Catholic Church in the communist nation, including the declaration of Good Friday as a holiday. The Cuban government accepted the proposal March 31 after the pope’s March 29 return to the Vatican. Father Lombardi said the Vatican hopes that the holiday will enable people to attend religious services and have “happy Easter celebrations.” Only Good Friday 2012 has been made a public holiday; the government hasn’t decided whether it will become a permanent celebration, news reports said.
Response to Christ’s sacrifice must be gift of time, prayer VATICAN CITY – The truly Christian response to Christ’s death and resurrection must be the dedication of one’s life and one’s time to building a relationship with Jesus and being grateful for the gift of salvation, Pope Benedict XVI said. “In this Holy Week, the Lord Jesus will renew the greatest gift we could possibly imagine: he will give us his life, his body and his blood, his love,” the pope said April 1, celebrating Palm Sunday in St. Peter’s Square. “We must respond worthily to so great a gift, that is to say, with the gift of ourselves, our time, our prayer, our entering into a profound communion of love with Christ who suffered, died and rose for us,” Pope Benedict said. Tens of thousands of people gathered for the Mass under overcast skies. In his homily, Pope Benedict said the disciples and crowds who followed Jesus to Jerusalem had their own idea of who Jesus was and what difference he would make in their lives and the life of Israel. In fact, he said, the vast majority of them were disappointed he did not live up to their expectations and they went – in a space of a few days – from acclaiming him as Messiah as he entered Jerusalem to calling for his crucifixion or running away frightened. In the same way, Christians today must ask themselves, “Who is Jesus of Nazareth for us? What idea do we have of the Messiah, what idea do we have of God?” the pope said.
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At pope’s urging, Cuba makes Good Friday 2012 a holiday
Palm Sunday in Damascus A girl holds a candle during Palm Sunday service at the Melkite Catholic cathedral in Damascus, Syria, April 1.
Prelate calls for support for those living with autism VATICAN CITY – The church needs to address the alienation often surrounding those living with autism, especially children and young people, by coming to the aid of those affected, said Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski. The archbishop, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, said those who draw near to people with autism can help break down the barriers of silence and join in them with solidarity and prayer. The archbishop made his comments in the council’s message for the Fifth World Autism Awareness Day April 2. “The church sees as impelling the task of placing herself at the side of these people – children and young people in particular – and their families, if not to break down these barriers of silence then at least to share in solidarity and prayer in their journey of suffering,” said the archbishop. Along with suffering often come frustration and resignation, especially from the families of those affected, said the archbishop. Families experience repercussions and are often “led to be closed up in an isolation that marginalizes and wounds,” he said.
‘Hope in trying times’ sets scene for talks on women in church WASHINGTON – In what the organizer described as “an experiment in hope in trying times,” a prominent theologian
San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer will note his 50th year as a priest by celebrating a Mass of thanksgiving at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Monday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m. All the faithful of the Archdiocese of San Francisco are invited to the golden jubilee Mass, to be followed by a reception at Patrons’ Hall, downstairs at the cathedral at Gough Street and Geary Boulevard. Archbishop Niederauer was ordained to the priesthood April 30, 1962, at the Cathedral of St. Vibiana in Los Angeles. He taught English for 27 years at St. John’s Seminary College in Camarillo. He was ordained bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City in 1995, and, after 11 years in Utah, was installed as the eighth archbishop of San Francisco on Feb. 15, 2006. Cardinal William J. Levada, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican – and the archbishop of San Francisco from 1995 to 2005 – will be the homilist at the April 30 Mass. Cardinal Levada and Archbishop Niederauer were friends and classmates at St. Anthony’s High School in Long Beach (class of 1954) and attended St. John’s Seminary together as well. Cardinal Levada was ordained in 1961.
and another speaker known for her work in international women’s rights told an audience at Georgetown University March 24 that there are reasons to think things can get better for women in the church and in the world. University of Notre Dame theologian M. Cathleen Kaveny and Melanne Verveer, U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, told a symposium sponsored by the Woodstock Theological Center of reasons for hope for women. Verveer, who worked at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops more than 20 years ago, described learning firsthand about the struggles of women around the world through her position at the State Department and through her previous job as chief of staff to then-first lady Hillary Clinton. Speaking at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, Clinton in a keynote address said “this is a time to break the silence” on the many ways women’s rights are abused around the world, Verveer said. She cited a litany of injustices to women including killings over inadequate dowries, murders of girl babies, slavery, child marriages, rape as a tool of war and others. The message from Clinton’s speech then and the continual theme underlying the creation of Verveer’s position at the State Department, which Clinton now heads as secretary, is: “Women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights,” she said. Verveer said that ideal is far from being realized. – Catholic News Service
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Why Catholics leave the church: ‘Exit poll’ revealing abuse scandal; others said they wanted to hear fewer appeals for money and more about care for the poor. WASHINGTON (CNS) – Church leaders Overall, most respondents said they left should take to heart reasons why Catholics have the parish and the Catholic Church and were left the church, according to a priest who has ambivalent if their departure was a conscious conducted an “exit poll” of former Catholics. decision or not. Above all, their departure highlights how the Many had positive reactions about their church must offer a “fresh explanation of the parish, saying the staff was welcoming and Eucharist,” said Jesuit Father William Byron, the pastor approachable for the most professor of business and society at part. They also considered themselves St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, members of the parish, but some were pointing out that those who leave Overall, most respondents disheartened that they had not been the church separate themselves from missed when they left. the celebration and reception of the said they left the parish and Most did not have a bad experience Eucharist. with the church and the vast majority “This calls for a creative liturgithe Catholic Church and were did not join another faith community. cal, pastoral, doctrinal and practical U.S. Catholics leaving the church response,” he said, to help Catholics ambivalent if their departure is hardly a new issue, noted William understand what the Sunday Mass obliDinges, professor of religious studies at gation is really about and what they’re was a conscious decision or not. Catholic University. He said this was a missing when they leave. particular concern as immigrants came Father Byron conducted the study to the U.S. In the 1940s and ‘50s, he last fall along with Charles Zech, professor of economics and director of the there church teachings they found particularly said, research indicated that 70 percent to 80 Center for the Study of Church Management troubling or if they had a bad experience with percent of Catholics attended Sunday Mass, and now that figure is about 31 percent of at Villanova University’s business school. They anyone in church? surveyed 298 non-churchgoing Catholics in the They were also asked what they would like Catholics, according to a 2011 study by the Diocese of Trenton, N.J. They presented their to discuss with their bishop if they had the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University. results March 22 at The Catholic University of opportunity. Prior to the Second Vatican Council, Dinges America in Washington and have written about The median respondent was a 53-year-old the study for the April 30 edition of America white female. Father Byron noted that although said, the Catholic Church had a strong youth and magazine. respondents were from a “disaffected group,” young adult base and many of them were very Father Byron said the idea of the survey they were primarily positive and appreciative involved in church organizations and activities. He said the trend in recent years of young came about after a conversation he had about the for the chance to express their views. number of Catholics who have left the church, He said the respondents’ views on “non- people leaving the church has been coupled with which according to a 2007 Pew Forum report is negotiable” church teachings point to the need the idea that they would return once they had one-third of those raised Catholic in the United for more pastoral and clear explanations of families of their own. “That’s not necessarily States. In the course of the discussion, a retired what the church teaches and why. Respondents so anymore,” he said. Peter Murphy, executive director of the CEO told the priest that if the church were a cited disagreements with the church’s stance on business, it would conduct exit polls to find out women’s ordination, married priests, contracep- Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said why people left, or in business terms to “know tion and same-sex marriage, he said. where your losses were from.” He labeled other issues that prompted people new evangelization efforts in the church today That’s what Father Byron and Zech set out to leave as “negotiable” such as dissatisfaction aim to provide “more robust catechesis” for to do with the study “Empty Pews: Survey with homilies and negative clergy image. Some today’s Catholics and reach out to those who of Catholics Regarding Decrease in Mass wanted their bishop to apologize for the clergy have left the church. Attendance.” They reached participants through advertisements in Catholic and secular newspapers and bulletin announcements. As Father Bryon pointed out, the survey did not involve a random sample but more a “sample of convenience.” Still, the answers could provide an important tool for church leaders, he said. The survey presented participants with a variety of questions about their parish expe-
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Young Franciscan: Getting to know God is like dating NEW YORK (CNS) – Getting to know God is akin to entering a dating relationship, according to Franciscan Brother Daniel P. Horan. When two people already like one another, they devote copious amounts of time and energy to learning everything they can about each other and joyfully anticipate spending time together, he explained. “Dating requires intentionality, planning and effort,” Brother Horan said. Brother Horan, a member of the Order of Friars Minor, is the author of “Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis.” At 28, he is not very far removed from the more traditional understanding of dating. Brother Horan earned a master’s degree in systematic theology at Washington Theological Union and will complete a master’s in divinity in May. He expects to be ordained May 19 in Silver Spring, Md. After a summer assignment to St. Francis of Assisi Parish on Long Beach Island, N.J., he will begin studies for a doctorate in systematic theology. The dating imagery occurred to him during a Franciscan workshop on the writings of Sts. Francis and Clare during his novitiate. “Their expressions of their relationship with God, while not quite love letters, evoked images of the tenuousness, ambivalence, excitement, energy and passion of dating,” Brother Horan said. “Like other images for the human-divine interrelationship, it won’t be helpful for everybody. Any language to talk about our relationship with God always falls short, but this one is shocking and startling enough to get people thinking about their relationship with God in a new way,” he said.
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Archbishop George Niederauer was the main celebrant at the bilingual anniversary Mass March 25. Also present was former pastor Msgr. Jose Rodriguez. The church in San Franciscoâ€™s Mission District was full, with children and parents from the parish school attending the celebration. At the end of Mass parishioners gave the archbishop a present: a picture of the Virgin Mary. St. Charles pastor Father Moises Agudo created a small museum in the parish hall to help celebrate the day. The museum displayed photos of the parish at different stages in its history, plus ornaments, books and priestsâ€™ vestments.
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Father John Edward McEnhill, SM, died March 22, at the Marianist Center in Cupertino. He was 83 and a Marianist, Society of Mary, for 64 years. Born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland, he became acquainted with the Marianists at St. Joseph High School in Alameda, where he graduated in 1946. He entered the Marianist novitiate and professed vows for the first time in 1947 in New York. In 1953 he professed perpetual vows Father John Edward McEnhill in San Francisco. A graduate of the Marianists’ University of Dayton in 1950, Father John was ordained in 1956 from the Marianist International Seminary in Fribourg. Teaching and administrative assignments took him to schools including Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco; and his alma mater, St. Joseph High School in Alameda. Later, he assumed responsibilities as a provincial councilor and as director of the congregation’s seminary house of studies in San Francisco and Oakland. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph of Cupertino Church on March 30 with interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Donations in Father McEnhill’s name may be made to Cupertino Marianist Community, 22683 Alcalde Road, Cupertino 95014.
Mercy Sister Virginia (Mary Francella) Gillis died March 9. She was 78 years old. A funeral Mass was celebrated at the Sisters of Mercy Chapel in Burlingame on March 20 with interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma. A memorial Mass was celebrated at Scripps Mercy Medical Center Chapel, San Diego, where Sister Virginia served. Born in Los Angeles, Sister Virginia entered the Sisters of Mercy in Burlingame in 1952, professing vows as Sister Mary Francella in 1955. Sister Virginia For the next 16 years she taught Gillis, RSM eighth grade and served as assistant principal at locations including San Francisco’s St. Peter School and St. Gabriel School and Our Lady of Angels School in Burlingame. Holding a postgraduate degree in institutional management from Pepperdine University, she served in executive positions in Arizona, Missouri and Michigan and later on the Scripps Health board of directors. “Virginia will be remembered for her infectious laugh, irrepressible sense of humor, her creativity in working with leadership groups to enhance their vision and their ability to implement it,” the Sisters of Mercy said. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of Mercy, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame 94010.
On Sunday, March 25, the Filipino community of St. Boniface Parish in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood re-enacted the Stations of the Cross, going from building to building in a devotion that has become an annual event in the parish for more than a decade. The Way of the Cross started at 1 p.m. at St. Boniface Church and culminated at around 4:30 p.m. at the 14th Station at 155 Turk St. More than 20 devotees, including two elderly people with walking disabilities, were able to complete almost four hours traversing the streets. During the procession, the devotees received kindness and prayers from the people in the streets, who stopped in silence. One woman repeatedly asked the group to pray for her family. “I was somewhat shocked when a young man suddenly came from behind smiling and touching lightly my face. Instead of feeling his hand, it was like a light wind passing,” said parishioner Paz Jardeleza. Jardeleza said the devotees re-enact the stations in order to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ in the most realistic way possible. “We grew up with this tradition and this makes us feel getting closer to God,” she said. Filipino Catholics at St. Boniface also celebrate the Pabasa, reading and singing the life of Jesus Christ from birth to resurrection from 4 a.m. until the ritual is finished at around 5 p.m. Palm Sunday; and the Salubong on Easter Sunday at 6:30 a.m. before the 7:30 a.m. Mass. Salubong is the re-enactment of the meeting of the Virgin Mary with her son, the risen Christ.
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Gala supports interfaith cooperation Archbishop George Niederauer; Rita Semel, Global Council Chair Emeritus of United Religions Initiative; and the Rev. James DeLange, chair of the San Francisco Interfaith Council, are pictured at the United Religions Initiative’s ninth annual Circles of Light gala at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco March 17. The event was attended by more than 300 supporters and donors to URI’s mission of bringing greater interfaith cooperation and understanding to the world, and preventing interreligious violence. (PHOTO COURTESY JASON STEINBERG)
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‘Overtly hostile’ Bishop blasts plan to hold classes on faith holidays By Pete Sheehan STONY BROOK, N.Y. (CNS) – Bishop William F. Murphy of Rockville Centre and other religious and political leaders are criticizing an announcement by a state university that from now on it will hold classes on major Jewish and Christian holidays. In a March 26 statement, Bishop Murphy responded to the decision by Stony Brook University, part of the State University of New York system, to hold classes on such religious holidays as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and have spring break fall after the seventh week of class in the semester rather than during the time of Holy Week, Easter and Passover. “The proposed changes are misguided and overtly hostile to a targeted group: the Judeo-Christian tradition and all those members of the administration, faculty, staff and student body who are proud to be part of this tradition,” Bishop Murphy said. “Very simply, the changes, if adopted, will force these persons to choose between practice of their faith and taking examinations, attending/teaching classes or partaking in the other campus duties, responsibilities and activities,” the bishop continued. “Sadly, the university would be sacrificing the long-recognized and long-standing freedom of Christians and Jews to practice their religion without fear of negative consequences,” Bishop Murphy said, “and all for the sake of efficiency, logic and a specious inclusiveness.” Bilingual Staff Information and Referrals ● Care Coordination
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Santa Rosa Bishop Vasa: ‘If they shut me down, they shut me down’ By Valerie Schmalz If the Diocese of Santa Rosa is required to cooperate with the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate – it won’t, says Bishop Robert Vasa. “If they shut me down, they shut me down,” the bishop said March 30 following a speech on Catholic health care at a threeday conference on Catholic health care reform hosted by Life Legal Defense Foundation and the Christus Medicus Foundation. The Archdiocese of San Francisco and the dioceses of Sacramento, Oakland and Santa Rosa were among the sponsors. However, Bishop Vasa believes the church will prevail on the issue because religious liberty is “enshrined in our Constitution.” “Precisely because Jesus healed the sick, the church is involved in healing ministry,” Bishop Vasa said in his keynote address to the conference, stressing the Catholic Church’s commitment to health care. “We are involved in this based on the conviction that each person has unique dignity.” Catholics must unite as they never have before if they hope to prevail against the Obama Administration’s contraceptive mandate – because the alternatives are so bleak, said speakers at the March 29-31 conference at St. Mary’s Cathedral, titled “Make Straight the Pathway: An Integrated and Unified Solution for Catholic Healthcare Reform.” “I think we have to mobilize our church in a way we never
have before,” said William Cox, president and CEO of the Alliance of Catholic Healthcare, an association of California Catholic hospitals. “This is something we cannot fight unless we are united,” said Richard Doerflinger, associate director, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities. A remedy that the U.S. bishops are urging Catholics to support is the “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act,” said Doerflinger, the bishops’ pro-life lobbyist. Supporters may send their lawmakers a note in support of the Conscience Act at usccb.org/conscience. The Conscience Act would block the contraceptive mandate by amending only the new mandated benefits provisions in Title I of the health care reform act of 2010 – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or PPACA. Its sole effect on the act is to supply the respect for religious beliefs and moral convictions that is already part of other federal health programs, but is now lacking in the legislation, according to the U.S. bishops’ website. All the U.S. bishops have issued statements opposing the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate. At the Santa Rosa diocese, Bishop Vasa said he has taken the first steps to changing its health insurance coverage – an action he has taken twice before in Lincoln, Neb., and Baker, Ore. Bishop Vasa was a priest of the Lincoln diocese from 1976 to 1999, when he was appointed bishop of Baker.
He requested that Anthem Blue Cross send him all 20,000 or more codes for procedures and payments so he can analyze exactly what is and is not covered. In the past, as an administrator in the diocese of Lincoln and as bishop of Baker, Bishop Vasa said he changed health insurance to a self-insured plan offered by a company that did not offer morally objectionable benefits to anyone. In Baker and in Lincoln, Bishop Vasa broke from the established health insurance carrier to go with a self-insured plan that conformed completely to Catholic values, including opposition to contraceptives, sterilization and abortion. Most plans cover those procedures and drugs, even if they are not explicitly stated, Bishop Vasa said. “I don’t do business with people who don’t think the way I do,” Bishop Vasa said. “Catholic health care is more than about excluding any particular procedure. It is about being knowledgeable about what is in your plan and making a conscious decision about what you want covered and what you do not want to have covered,” the bishop said in a speech March 30. He said he not only expects the plan to exclude abortion and contraceptives but it should also cover medical benefits after an attempted suicide, restoring fertility by reversing vasectomies and tubal ligations, and repairs after a botched abortion. “Good morals make good medicine,” the bishop said.
Archbishop to lead group reporting to Pope Benedict XVI on archdiocese’s status Every five years, the bishops of Catholic dioceses four months to compile, was sent to Rome nearly six months throughout the world travel to the Vatican to give ago, as required, in advance of the scheduled meeta comprehensive report to the pope on virtually ing with Pope Benedict XVI. all aspects of the dioceses, and answer questions The visit is formally known, in Latin, as “ad across the board about their operations. limina apostolorum,” or “to the thresholds of the Archbishop George Niederauer leads the delapostles” Peter and Paul, who were martyred in egation from the Archdiocese of San Francisco Rome. The visit is spelled out in the Code of in the visit, called “ad limina,” in mid-April. Canon Law, and the written report “really consists The auxiliary bishops of the archdiocese, Bishop of every aspect of the running of an archdiocese, Robert W. McElroy and Bishop William J. Justice, from its fiscal health to its current status – who the Msgr. James are traveling with Archbishop Niederauer, as are church locally serves,” said Msgr. James Tarantino, Tarantino Archbishop Emeritus John R. Quinn and Auxiliary the vicar for administration and moderator of the Bishop Emeritus Ignatius C. Wong. curia at the archdiocese. A written report, one that took the archdiocese three to “It is a comprehensive look at the full breadth of every-
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Who’s the one? to the archbishop of his province the names of priests he thinks would make good bishops. Although a newly named archbishop need not be a bishop first, this happens very rarely. The promotion of a bishop to the more prestigious title of archbishop typically begins with the second stage – a thorough assessment of the needs of the archdiocese by the apostolic nuncio, the Vatican state’s U.S. diplomat. It then moves on to consideration by the cardinals of the Congregation for Bishops at the Vatican and finally to appointment by the pope. Under Canon 418, a transferred bishop or archbishop must be on duty in his new position within two months of being notified. The following description of the three steps in choosing an archbishop is based on reporting by the staff of Catholic San Francisco, with additional background from Catholic News Service and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
I.THE NUNCIO Sometime after Archbishop Niederauer’s letter was submitted to the pope, the apostolic nuncio began to make inquiries in Northern California and perhaps beyond, asking bishops, priests and possibly lay Catholics who might be considered for the position and why. Since October, the nuncio has been Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, a veteran diplomat, who succeeded Archbishop Pietro Sambi, who died in July, the month after the archbishop’s letter arrived. Now, Archbishop Vigano, according to canon law, is developing what will ultimately be a short list of three names, ranked by preference – first, second, third recommendation – for a potential new archbishop of San Francisco. Archbishop Vigano has a full platter. In addition to developing a list of potential successors to Archbishop Niederauer, 19 other U.S. bishops could retire because of age this year. One of them is Bishop Tod Brown of Orange in Southern California, who turned 75 on Nov. 15, 2011, and offered his letter of resignation. According to an explanation of the process on
III. THE POPE the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website, the nuncio requests a report from the current bishop or the administrator of a diocese on the conditions and needs of the diocese. If the appointment is a replacement for a diocesan bishop or archbishop about to retire, consideration will be given to the incumbent’s recommendations. Broad consultation within the diocese is encouraged with regard to the needs of the diocese, but not the names of candidates. If the vacancy to be filled is an archdiocese, other U.S. archbishops may be consulted. At this point, the nuncio narrows his list and a questionnaire is sent to 20 or 30 people who know each of the candidates for their input. All material is collected and reviewed by the nuncio, and a report of about 20 pages is prepared. Three candidates are listed alphabetically – the terna – with the nuncio’s preference noted. All materials are then forwarded to the Congregation for Bishops in Rome. After his appointment last October, Archbishop Vigano said that being a nuncio is “a call to know this people, this country and come to love them.” The archbishop said being that nuncio in the United States is an “important, vast and delicate” task.
At a private audience with the pope, usually on a Saturday, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops presents the recommendations of the congregation. A few days later, the pope informs the congregation of his decision. The congregation then notifies the nuncio, who in
He has also said, in a reference to career ambitions, that if a priest or bishop aspires and maneuvers to be promoted to a prominent diocese, “it is better for him to stay where he is.” Although the congregation’s work is strictly confidential, sources explained the process to former Catholic News Service Vatican correspondent John Thavis in 2009, when the pope named now-U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke to the congregation. Unlike several other Roman Curia agencies, which may draw their full membership together only once a year, the Congregation for Bishops meets regularly every two weeks. The meetings last all morning, and typically bishops’ appointments for four dioceses are reviewed at each session. Even before the meeting, congregation members are sent abundant documentation on the candidates for each diocese, and they are expected to be familiar with the material. This is information collected by the apostolic nuncio in the country where the diocese is located; a large part of the packet is comprised of the written evaluations requested of some 30 to 40 people who know the candidate. At the congregation’s meeting, one member acts as the “ponente,” or presenter, reviewing the
turn contacts the candidate and asks if he will accept. If the answer is “yes,” the Vatican is notified and a date is set for the announcement. A key date in the succession of any new archbishop is the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, the patron saints of Rome.
Every year on the feast day – it falls on Friday, June 29, this year – the pope celebrates Mass with newly appointed archbishops from around the world and bestows on them the woolen pallium as a sign of their communion with the pope and their pastoral responsibility as shepherds.
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Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, a former Vatican secretary of state, was named apostolic nuncio to the United States in October 2011.
II. THE CONGREGATION The Congregation for Bishops is led by its prefect, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who previously was archbishop of Quebec, and who is a confidant of the pope. Cardinal Ouellet and the full congregation, said Msgr. Padazinski, can do anything they want with the nuncio’s recommendations: Members could accept the list, ask for other names, make their own inquiries, even change the order of preference if they wish. Ultimately, Cardinal Ouellet will go Cardinal Marc Ouellet to Pope Benedict with a final list of three names suggested “as the most qualified and who would best fit this particular archdiocese,” said Msgr. Padazinski. One of the key players in selecting Archbishop Niederauer’s successor, Cardinal Ouellet, is known to be a traditionalist who has shown a preference for theologians and defenders of the faith.
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Canon 378 of the Code of Canon Law reads that to be a suitable candidate for the episcopate, a person must: “Be outstanding in strong faith, good morals, piety, zeal for souls, wisdom, prudence and human virtues and possess those other gifts which equip him to fulfill the office in question; be held in good esteem; be at least 35 years old; be a priest ordained for at least five years; hold a doctorate or at least a licentiate in sacred Scripture, theology or canon law from an institute of higher studies approved by the Apostolic See, or at least be well versed in these disciplines.” The code spells out the process for naming and for promoting a bishop. In the case of the appointment of a priest to the status of bishop, the four-stage process begins with an assessment of suitable candidates by brother bishops in a geographical province of the Catholic Church. Every bishop may submit
Pope Benedict XVI presents a pallium to Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican June 29, 2011.
Soon the pope will name San Francisco’s next archbishop. Here’s a look at how the choice is made. he naming of a new bishop for a Catholic diocese or archdiocese is a rigorous process designed to ensure the best match for the job. The process is now under way in the selection of the ninth archbishop for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. An announcement is expected within weeks or months for a successor to Archbishop George Niederauer, who turned 75 June 14, 2011, and submitted his resignation letter to Pope Benedict XVI as required under canon law. The archbishop continues to do his work until further notice and it may be up to a year or more from the day the resignation offer was made before we know his successor, said Msgr. C. Michael Padazinski, the chancellor and judicial vicar for the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. “It is not a public popularity contest but (a search for) who is best suited to serve the souls of this particular church,” said Msgr. Padazinski.
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information and making his own recommendation on the “terna,” or list, of three candidates. Each member, in order of seniority, is then asked to give his views – in effect, offering a judgment on whether the candidates are worthy and suitable, and in what order they should be recommended. The process was described by one source as a “thorough vetting,” with ample discussion and exchanges. The congregation’s overall recommendations – along with any doubts, questions or minority opinions – then go to the pope. He usually approves the congregation’s decision, but may choose to send it back for further discussion and evaluation. Members know they are dealing with decisions that will affect the future of the church and the salvation of souls. “It’s a very serious procedure, because a bishop has a heavy responsibility in the church. It’s an exercise in prudential judgment, and the weight of it is felt by everyone involved,” said one Vatican official. There are five U.S. cardinals among the congregation’s 28 cardinal members, including, in addition to Cardinal Burke, Cardinal William J. Levada, archbishop Niederauer’s predecessor as San Francisco archbishop.
Jose H. Gomez
Cirilo B. Flores
Armando X. Ochoa
New assignment: Coadjutor archbishop of Los Angeles (later installed as archbishop) Announced: April 2010 Previous assignment: Archbishop of San Antonio, Texas Years in previous assignment: 5 Years a priest: 33 Age at time of appointment: 58 Biography: Born in Monterrey, Mexico, he attended the National University of Mexico, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. In college he joined Opus Dei, an institution founded by St. Josemaria Escriva to help people turn their work and daily activities into occasions for growing closer to God, serving others and improving society. Opus Dei became a personal prelature in 1982.
New assignment: Coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of San Diego Announced: January 2012 Previous assignment: Auxiliary bishop of Orange Years in previous assignment: 3 Years a priest: 30 Age at time of appointment: 63 Biography: A native Californian, he practiced law for 10 years, specializing in business litigation, before entering St. John Seminary in Camarillo. At the time of his appointment he was one of 28 Hispanic bishops serving actively in the United States.
New assignment: Bishop of Fresno Announced: December 2011 Previous assignment: Bishop of El Paso, Texas Years in previous assignment: 15 Years a priest: 41 Age at time of appointment: 68 Biography: A native Californian and former Los Angeles Auxiliary bishop, Bishop Ochoa at the time of his appointment was one of 26 active Hispanic Catholic bishops in the United States. In El Paso, he was a regular participant in cross-border Masses as well as joining in delegations of bishops and other officials visiting the U.S.Mexico border.
Jose H. Gomez
‘I promise to always be your servant, and a servant of the word of God.’
Cirilo B. Flores
‘I was formed as a priest by the parishioners I was privileged to serve.’
Armando X. Ochoa
‘I am humbled that (the pope) would offer me this challenge at my age.’
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Joseph Sadoc Alemany 1853-84
Patrick W. Riordan 1884-1914
Edward J. Hanna 1915-35
John J. Mitty 1935-61
Joseph T. McGucken 1962-77
John R. Quinn 1977-95
William J. Levada 1995 – 2005
George H. Niederauer 2005-Present
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Emerging budget debate points to wide divide in election year
A man who is panhandling holds an American flag in the financial district in San Francisco March 28. The U.S. bishops say Congress should base budget decisions on whether they protect the poor, workers and families who are struggling in difficult economic times.
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WASHINGTON (CNS) – The budget debates are just starting on Capitol Hill and in a highly polarized political climate that means they’ll be going right through the Nov. 6 elections – and most likely beyond. It’s how Washington works these days. No matter what form the 2013 budget finally takes later this year or early next year, spending on some programs is expected to fall. It comes down to how deep those cuts will be, where they will be focused and whether new tax revenues are part of the picture. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved a budget resolution written by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the House Budget Committee chairman, who admitted he is taking dead aim on the country’s $15 trillion debt. Ryan’s $3.5 trillion plan – with a $600 billion deficit – calls for massive spending cuts in nonmilitary programs, turning Medicaid into a block grant program administered by the states, reshaping Medicare over the next decade and simplifying the tax code by closing loopholes and lowering individual and corporate tax rates. Ryan, who is Catholic, told Catholic News Service March 27 that he believes addressing the country’s debt is essential to head off a future crisis. “We have a moral and legal responsibility to do everything we can here,” he said. “The debt will literally overtake the economy like it is in Europe.” He reserved his main concerns for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and said his plan will ensure their future without bankrupting the government. The real work on the budget will come over the summer and into the fall as House subcommittees begin to consider specific appropriations. The Senate is not a player in the budget debate. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., Senate majority leader, said in February that Democrats do not plan to introduce a formal budget because guidelines under the debt-ceiling agreement reached in December are sufficient. Faith-based groups – from church-centered social action committees and grass-roots organizations to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – have begun mobilizing to minimize cuts to what they consider vital safety net programs. They say that in dealing with the debt, military spending and the need to raise revenues must be on the table. While the bishops have not specified how to approach the revenue side of the equation, other advocates want most of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts to expire. The chairmen of two USCCB committees reiterated their call for a “circle of protection” around poor and vulnerable people in the United States and abroad in a letter to House members March 6. Congress should base budget decisions on whether they protect or threaten human life and dignity and if they promote the common good of “workers and families who struggle to live in dignity in difficult economic times,” wrote Bishops Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton and Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa. “A just framework for future budgets cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor persons; it requires shared sacrifice by all, including raising adequate revenues, eliminating unnecessary military and other spending and addressing the long-term costs of health insurance and retirement programs fairly,” their letter said. Kathy Saile, director of domestic social development for
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Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., a Catholic who chairs the House Budget Committee, shows a copy of the “FY2013 Budget - The Path to Prosperity” during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington March 20.
the USCCB, explained that cuts in food assistance programs proposed in the Ryan budget pose as much concern for the bishops as reductions for low-income housing programs in President Barack Obama’s budget. “The bishops are not only talking about let’s prevent the cuts that disproportionately hurt poor and vulnerable people, but also recognize we have an ongoing fiscal problem so we need to look at the revenue too,” she said. Meanwhile, officials at Catholic Charities USA have decided to wait until the appropriations process begins to weigh in. “The budget conversations currently taking place are largely based in political posturing in an election year,” Candy Hill, the agency’s senior vice president for public policy and government affairs, told CNS March 28. “We don’t intend to engage in the budget conversation at that level. Our focus is on the millions of people still struggling and coming to our doors.” Presentation Sister Richelle Friedman, director of public
policy at the Coalition on Human Needs, echoed the bishops’ call. In a presentation at the Ecumenical Advocacy Days conference in Arlington, Va., March 24, she said budget decisions and tax policy have a moral dimension. “Who pays taxes, how the revenues are used, what priorities, how fair the system is are all moral questions,” she said at a conference workshop. She pointed to the principle of subsidiarity, as expressed in Catholic social teaching, as central to the budget debate. Under subsidiarity, the government should undertake only those initiatives which exceed the capacity of individuals or private groups acting independently, she explained. “Some would say our government is doing too much,” Sister Richelle said. “However, under subsidiarity if the private sector is either unwilling or unable to meet basic human needs for food, shelter, education, it is the responsibility of the government to do so.” Ryan’s budget poses a stark contrast to that view as well as the budget proposals from the White House and House Democrats. Both Democratic plans call for new spending on transportation and infrastructure as job creation initiatives, allowing tax cuts for the highest income earners to expire and deeper cuts in military programs. Obama’s plan would spend $3 trillion more than Ryan’s proposal over the next decade while projecting a gradual decline in deficit spending. The Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus also have put out budget plans. But a bipartisan plan that emerged March 28 is one that some analysts think comes closest to what likely will be adopted after the election if leadership in Congress and the White House remains split among Republicans and Democrats. The plan calls for deeper spending cuts than the two Democratic budgets but is more moderate than Ryan’s resolution. It also would allow the Bush-era tax cuts to expire, but would institute a lower top tax rate – 29 percent versus 35 percent. For his part, Ryan told CNS that the simplified tax structure he wants – 10 percent for individuals with moderate incomes, 25 percent for those in higher income brackets and a maximum 25 percent corporate rate – is necessary to spur economic growth and job development.
A final defense for the voiceless By Stephen Kent A government budget should be seen as a moral document in two senses: strategic and tactical. In the strategic sense, it is a moral document by how it protects human life and dignity and how it provides for those living in poverty or homelessness. In a tactical sense, it is a moral document for being upfront, for doing what it says it is doing. The fiscal year 2013 budget submitted to Congress may eventually meet its strategic requirements. However, on the tactical level it fails for being deceptive and devious. Few citizens have the expertise and even less time to devote to an analysis of the government’s fiscal operations. That’s what makes this look a little suspicious. Last August, during the contentious debt ceiling debate, Congress enacted caps on discretionary spending, a “defense cap” and a “nondefense cap.” They are seen as two separate and independent accounts so that increased spending on defense could not be done at the expense of social program spending. But the Obama administration budget proposes to alter them into single overall cap on all discretionary appropriations starting in fiscal year 2014.
This is not what people thought they were getting as part of the whole summer budget balancing arguments. It was reasonable for people to believe the accounts would remain separate. What happens if they are combined? Richard Kogan of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explains it this way: “In the current political environment, in which advocates of defense spending are emphatic, defense contractors employ well-connected lobbyists and make substantial campaign contributions and budgetary savings in defense are often attacked as jeopardizing national security, the proposal would likely lead to further cuts in domestic and international discretionary programs to help protect the military budget.” The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops addressed the moral and human dimensions of the federal budget in a letter to all senators and House members. They made a point to note the less than impregnable firewall as well. “We are also very concerned with proposals to eliminate the ‘firewall’ that currently exists between defense and nondefense spending,” they wrote. “Elimination of this firewall would mean that povertyrelated domestic and international programs would compete with other more powerful interests and less essential priorities,” they said.
The moral measure of the budget, the bishops say, is how those who are jobless, hungry, homeless or poor are treated. “Their voices are too often missing in these debates,” they said. There is no such concern that the voices of the military and defense contractors are not heard. But they have questions to answer, such as: “How much is enough?” The last of 195 F-22 Raptor stealth fighters came off the assembly line at the end of last year. According to the Air Force, each cost $143 million. But the U.S. Government Accountability Office said developmental expenses made each plane cost $412 million. In service since 2005, none of these aircraft has been used in combat in Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya. There are sure to be similar programs in the future. This $143 million or $412 million could be taken from the nondefense appropriations cap. The $143 million- or $412 million-per-plane cost could feed and house a few thousand people who can’t help themselves. The firewall is a good idea so that those whose voices are easily heard don’t help themselves at the expense of those whose voices remain unheard. Kent, now retired, was editor of archdiocesan newspapers in Omaha and Seattle.
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Archbishop’s Easter message: We will be alive, as he is alive “The Lamb who was slain is alive … bearing the marks of his Passion in the splendor of the Resurrection. He alone is master of all the events of history. He proclaims, in time and beyond, the power for life over death.” – Pope John Paul II As we recline with Jesus in the upper room this Holy Thursday evening; as we follow the Way of the Cross and stand beneath it with Mary on Good Friday; as we wait, hoping against hope, on Holy Saturday; as we sing with joy at the Easter Vigil and on Sunday, let us give thanks for the constant, immediate, daily reality of Resurrection in our life with Christ. The good news of Resurrection in Christ, like any gift, is given us to share. “What you have received as a gift, give as
Many times we will bear the scars of such personal and social strivings, just as the risen Jesus bore the marks of the nails in his hands Archbishop and feet. But we will be George alive, as he is alive, with the good news of the Niederauer father’s love, the good news that cannot die, and will allow no final dying in anyone it fills with risen life.
a gift.” (Matthew 10:8) the risen Christ calls us to proclaim and live the gospel of life. When we oppose abortion, support and protect unwed mothers, work for decent living conditions and health care for all families, and pray for all human life in its beginnings, we do the work of resurrection. When we oppose war and all violence, and pray for peace and the safe return of our troops, we are doing the work of resurrection. When we fight against euthanasia, pray for and visit the sick, and give special attention and help to the aging, again we do the work of resurrection. When we welcome the stranger among us, when we deal justly, fairly and compassionately with all immigrants, we do the work of resurrection.
Finding strength in prayer, despite throngs at Church of Holy Sepulcher JERUSALEM (CNS) – As Easter approaches, it can be a daunting task to find a quiet moment of contemplation at any of Jerusalem’s holy sites, but it is especially so at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Throngs of pilgrim groups and tourists with cameras pack the church, posing for photos at the spots where Jesus was crucified or laid in the tomb. Some place souvenirs on the sacred sites for a blessing. But at the Stone of Unction, which commemorates the anointing of Jesus before burial, some faithful find the noise from other visitors fades away. The smell of rose water with which the stone is periodically bathed permeates the immediate vicinity. Here is a place and a moment when they can feel the strength of prayer. Teame Tesfamichael, 24, a Catholic refugee from Eritrea, was oblivious to the flashing of camera lights and the jostling of other pilgrims who had come to touch the stone. At one corner of the stone he slowly knelt, bending from the waist down to place his forehead reverently on the stone. His lips moved in silent prayer as his hands clasped the stone’s edge. He kissed the stone, then again placed his forehead against it. He did this several times. And as others came and went, snapping their pictures and placing their souvenirs on the rock, Tesfamichael remained in prayer. “I have no words to express what it means for me to pray here,” he said after he finished praying. “More than anything, I feel the one who died here for me. I feel humble to be here ... I am so simple,” he said softly. Several years ago, Tesfamichael fled Eritrea, crossing the Sahara Desert to Libya. There, he tried unsuccessfully to reach Europe before crossing back to Egypt and finally reaching Israel via the Sinai Desert. He has lived in Jerusalem for three years and said he comes to this spot often to give himself strength. “I never thought I would be here in Jerusalem, but God gave me this,” Tesfamichael said. “When I come here I get my mind relaxed when things are difficult. He died for me and I want to cry here like one of his disciples.” A contemplative Catholic nun from Belgium who lives in a
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By Judith Sudilovsky
Christian pilgrims touch the Stone of Unction, which commemorates the anointing of Jesus before his burial, inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem March 29.
Jerusalem cloistered community said she comes to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher once a year to be “closer physically to the mystery which happened here.” “It is to touch my faith,” said the nun, who asked not to be identified, as she gazed on the Stone of Unction. “It is not only a spiritual thing but also a physical thing, and I imagine myself one of the people there,” she said. “For me this is the mystery. Christ was laid down here and it is his humanity. Every year my faith is renewed with new details.” Though this rectangular slab of stone has been smoothed by centuries of prayer and devotion, the actual stone itself dates only to 1810, said Dominican Father Jerome Murphy-O’Connor, a New Testament scholar at the French Biblical and Archaeological School of Jerusalem. He said the tradition of the stone first appeared in the 12th century. Esperanza Qumsieh, 38, is able to visit the church and the stone twice a year, at Easter and Christmas. As a Palestinian
Christian from Bethlehem, West Bank, she receives an Israeli travel permit to cross into Jerusalem via the checkpoint 15 minutes away. She knelt by the stone and, bending her head, she closed her eyes and prayed. Next to her a tour guide marched in with his group of pilgrims, and some Russian women with their hair covered by kerchiefs jostled to get a place next to the stone. “When I come here I am happy and peaceful,” said Qumsieh, who is Greek Orthodox. “I feel something in my heart. I have to stay here and pray.” One tour guide coached an Indonesian pilgrim how to put the newly purchased boxes of crucifixes atop the stone. The guide took a large wooden cross out of one of the boxes and placed it on top, then took the pilgrim’s camera to snap a photo of him. A Russian mother and her two young children knelt and placed their foreheads to the stone. The mother urged the children to place their crucifixes on the stone and took them out of their packing when the children failed to do so. “If you want to pray, you pray also in such situations, even in such commotion,” said Paolo Floris, 61, who was on his 15th pilgrimage to the Holy Land from Rome with his wife, Marina, and their Neocatechumenal Way pilgrimage group. Amid the din of visitors, Primitivo A. Cruz, 62, a member of St. Mary Parish in Bordentown, N.J., knelt and placed his hand upon the stone, closing his eyes. He said later that he came with his friend, Reynaldo Deguzman, 65, who recently suffered a stroke that affected his speech. Deep in prayer, Shizuko Pieta Hanson, 64, knelt before the stone, head bent and eyes closed. She prayed for her sisters who are stuck in poverty and for God to help her to be selfless and better serve others, she said later. Originally from Japan and now a member of the Holy Spirit Parish in Annandale, Va., Hanson said she converted to Catholicism a decade ago. With tears in her eyes, she said she was very grateful to God for bringing her to this spot. “He took all of our sins and, with that, he gave us all a second chance. It is love,” she said. “As I go home I will pray and meditate quietly on the experience. I will take strength from this. Faith is not something of the past; the belief is here and now and we have to act on it, so that is what I am praying for.”
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within the womb. And how about “reproductive health care” – after reproduction has occurred? James Kelly San Bruno
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After reading George Weigel’s commentary on evangelization (“Cardinal Dolan and the new evangelization,” March 30) three times, I believe he is saying that we must reach out and bring people into our church. He quotes (New York Cardinal Timothy M.) Dolan, John Paul II, Benedict and Vatican II, calling for us to “be witnesses to Christ that all of us were baptized to be.” I could not agree more. Then again, I do not feel that means inviting them into the Catholic Church. Weigel and Cardinal Dolan say that we must re-evangelize “oncecatechized lands”. In other words, we must bring the people of Europe (where 80 percent of the people have left the church) and the United States (where 30 percent have left) back into the fold. The thing that they are not facing is that most of those people haven’t left the fold. Most still believe
Health reform and birth control To achieve affordable health care, President Obama feels compelled to redefine our First Amendment guarantee of religious freedom and our obligations as practicing Catholics. If those verities are fair game, he should tackle issues his legislation has raised: Is birth control, from contraceptives to abortive
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medications and procedures, from condoms to vasectomies, correctly deemed standard health care? Or, when elective, is it not? Medicine’s mission is to preserve health, to heal what’s not working in nature’s way with medication, surgery, repair, restoration, replacement and other measures. Which is a departure from nature: Human reproduction pursuing its normal course, or steps taken to prevent reproduction or terminate its natural outcome? The questions merit more discussion than we’ve heard. Any Catholic OB/ GYNs care to check in? Meanwhile, let’s look to terminology in this debate. Case in point: Contraceptives. The term applies to medications and devices designed to keep conception from taking place. In government and media usage, it’s often held to include medications intended to prevent a fertilized egg from establishing residence
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in God and the message of Jesus. They have not left the faith, they have left the religion. The reason that they have left is the lack of leadership in the present church, the lack of true Christian values among many of our “chosen leaders.” We have scandal after scandal, all ignored by the hierarchy. We have outdated theology and lack of human compassion by too many of our bishops and cardinals. We have liturgies which do not reach the people, homilies that drive them away. We have a pope who bemoans secularism, but who does not offer an alternative that invigorates God’s people. Sadly, too many of the hierarchy of the church are more concerned with authority and cappa magnas than in truly guiding their people. The message of Christ, the idea of love and forgiveness, of reaching out to bring people the wonder and fulfillment of knowing a caring God is something we in the pews try to do every day. I just wish the Vatican and the bishops did the same. Then inviting people into the Catholic religion would be a joy, not a problem. Denis Nolan Daly City
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A READING FROM THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES ACTS 10:34A, 37-43 Peter proceeded to speak and said: “You know what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree. This man God raised on the third day and granted that he be visible, not to all the people, but to us, the witnesses chosen by God in advance, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commissioned us to preach to the people and testify that he is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead. To him all the prophets bear witness, that everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins through his name.” RESPONSORIAL PSALM PS 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23. R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever. Let the house of Israel say, “His mercy endures forever.” R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
Today our hearts are filled with gratitude and Easter joy; the Lord is truly risen! During this Easter celebration today, we will renew our baptismal promises and state our belief in the risen Lord. Our renewal of these promises reminds us that we, too, share in Christ’s humanity and divinity, in his suffering and death, as well as in his resurrection. We hope to renew our commitment with truth and fervor. Easter is our day to shout that Jesus lives, and to give witness that he lives in our lives. St. Augustine told the early Christians and all of us today, that we are “Easter” people. We are the proof of Easter – a proof that carries more weight than an empty tomb. Easter reminds us that to share in the new life of resurrection, we must identify with Jesus’ ministry of love. If Christ is ever to be anything more to us than just an historical figure, we must have an Easter experience of our own. There is a little poem, usually heard at Christmas time, that says: “Though Christ in Bethlehem a thousand times be born, If he’s not born in me, my soul is still forlorn.” One Easter Sunday Mass, one of my uncles was lining up to receive Communion, and as he came near to receive the body of Christ, he saw that the eucharistic minister was the person with whom he had had a
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Easter: Resurrection of the Lord Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-9 “The right hand of the Lord has struck with power; the right hand of the Lord is exalted. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.” R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. By the Lord has this been done; it is wonderful in our eyes. R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. A READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE COLOSSIANS COL 3:1-4 Brothers and sisters: If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ
your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory. A READING FROM THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN JN 20:1-9 On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with
Scripture reflection DEACON FAIVA PO’OI
Gen. Lee’s Easter moment disagreement a few days before. He turned and walked across two pews to receive Communion from a different minister. On that Easter Sunday, Christ risen was nowhere to be found in my uncle’s heart. But I would like to share another story with you – a story that translates the challenge of Easter into practical terms. It took place one Sunday shortly after the end of the Civil War, in a church in Richmond, Va. On that day, the priest invited the people to come forward and receive holy Communion. An old AfricanAmerican man, recently freed from slavery,
rose from his seat at the back of the church and walked slowly down the aisle. There was an audible gasp from the mostly white congregation. He knelt at the altar rail alone. No one else moved. No one else approached the altar. In their bitter prejudice, they refused to share communion with a former slave. A white-haired gentleman looked up from his meditation and saw what was happening. Rising from his seat, he made his way to the altar rail and knelt beside his black brother. It was Gen. Robert E. Lee, the leader of the Confederate army and one
The Resurrection is depicted in “Christ Risen from the Tomb,” a painting by Italian Renaissance artist Bergognone.
the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead.
of the most respected men in the Southern states. That broke the spell, and the people went forward. They had seen in one man the spirit of Easter and the living Christ. As we hear the different Gospel stories of the Resurrection, we see that along with Jesus’ resurrection, came a transformation of his disciples. They went from being a group of fearful and despairing people to a group of inspired missionaries, who carried the good news of Easter to the four corners of the earth. And everywhere they preached, the power of Easter began to work miracles in people’s lives. It transformed despair into hope; darkness into light; hatred into love; sorrow into joy. And those miracles have not stopped. They continue on even today. Such a miracle happened in my own life when I joined RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, and received my first Communion and confirmation in 1993. Today, the risen Christ continues to live in me. Let us go now, and be an “Easter” people. And may God go before us to guide us. May God go behind us to protect us. May God go beneath us to sustain us. And most of all, may God go within us to give us eternal life. Now let’s share the meal with our risen Lord, Alleluia! Deacon Faiva Po’oi serves at St. Timothy Parish in San Mateo.
Spirituality for Today
Learning to trust Nearly everything frightens us in life. We fear dying; we fear failure and a host of little things such as public speaking. But faith always protects us against fear. My mother was a saint, but she also was a worrier. The two are not mutually exclusive. I often picked up on her vibes. As a result, I was usually more fearful than I should have been. I had to work through my fears at an early age. My dad gave me good training when it came to getting rid of physical fear. When I was small, he would invite me to stand on his right hand, which he put down on the floor. Then, holding on to his left hand, I would step up, and he’d raise me up over his head, and say “Now I’m going to let go of your hand, but don’t be afraid, I won’t drop you. Stand up straight. If you feel that you’re going to fall, just fall forward onto my arm.” He would then let go and if I got wobbly, he tilted me toward his outstretched arm and I’d fall on it and swing down. We’d do that over and over, until I had no fear of falling. When he held me high above his head, my mother had fits, but my dad told her not to worry.
At the beach, we would walk around like that and attract lots of attention. This became our routine. If I ever lost my balance, he would always catch me and swing me down gently. I got a sense that he enjoyed this gymnastic feat as much as I did. He would always say, “Don’t be afraid, I won’t drop you,” and he never did. I learned to have faith in my dad’s promises. Somehow, over the years, the memory of his reassurance morphed into a feeling that God the Father was saying the same to me. Certainly the words of Jesus: “Fear is useless, what you need is trust.” My translation: “Do not be afraid, I’m right here to catch you.” I think of elderly women alone at home, living on a restricted income, men who have lost their jobs and are unable to find work, students afraid about the future. There are always plenty of things to worry about, things that stop us in our tracks. But don’t be swept away. There is always faith. There is always divine grace. Miracles happen. Prayer works. Be calm. You will survive this as you have everything before this. Most of our worst
nightmares never come to pass. Learn to laugh at yourself more. Brush it aside. Turn your worries over to your father in heaven. Trust him and him Father alone. Be patient. You’ve John Catoir gotten through worse. When the sun comes out, the snow melts. Remain patient in your trust. If you fall, the Lord will catch you. He will always be there for you. Trust is the love answer. Don’t leave home without it. May the passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the merits of Our Blessed Mother Mary and all the saints, and may what good you do or suffering you endure lead to the remission of your sins, the increase of grace and the gift of everlasting life. Father John Catoir’s column is carried by Catholic News Service.
April 6, 2012
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Act of faith
Roman soldiers: Jose Capistrano, center, talks to Pablo Mendoza, right; Agustin Castillo, left, and Jimmy Alvarado, back. “I’m the bad guy who beats Jesus,” Capistrano said.
Martha Velez, center, is one of the organizers of the play. “The day that they perform, I cry a lot,” she said. “This is our tradition and we would like to keep it alive.”
Tyler Moody, 23, plays Jesus Christ, pictured here being accosted by actors portraying soldiers of the Sanhedrin. “A lot of people keep saying that they feel sorry for me and I ask them why,” he said. “They say that because I’m the only one who is beaten up. I feel honored – now I know how Jesus Christ felt when he died on the cross for our sins.”
Behind the scenes at East Palo Alto parish’s Passion play Martha Velez have been involved since the early years. Both are the organizers of this or the first year the traditional Good group that has been in rehearsals since Ash Friday outdoor re-enactment of the Wednesday. Between 30 and 40 people parPassion of Christ at St. Francis of Assisi ticipate in the play. Parish in East Palo Alto will be performed “We started recruiting people on Ash in both English and in Wednesday and we Spanish. In previous years asked them to fast and the popular Passion play go to confession,” said was in Spanish only. Capistrano, who plays a Also, for the first year, Roman soldier. two members of the local “The first year was African-American comharder because we didn’t munity will play the roles have anything, but every of Jesus and the Virgin year we try to do better,” Mary. Christians who he said. “This is part of our are friends of the parish faith and everybody works but not members, Lisa hard to make the best they Alfredo Montoya, right, Moody is Mary and her can. We try to make this plays Caiaphas. son Tyler is Jesus. play multicultural. We The performance starts at 5 p.m. – specta- have participants from Tonga, Samoa and the tors are asked to gather at 4:30 – at Bell Park African-American community as well. and covers 10 blocks, representing the Stations “I feel blessed to be part of this parish of the Cross. The procession finishes at the since 1989 and to participate in this play,” church, with the troupe selling food after Mass Capistrano said. to raise funds for props and costumes.” Said Velez, “The day that they perform, I The parish first performed the play about cry a lot. This is our tradition and we would 10 years ago, and Jose Capistrano and like to keep it alive.”
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Celia Mayan, who plays one of the women in the town, packs costumes. “We do this play in the name of Jesus, to honor and remember him and to practice our faith,” she said.
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Sts. Peter and Paul celebrates 40th year of Chinese apostolate Sts. Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco has been under the care of the Salesians of Don Bosco since 1897 and for much of the 20th century was known for its large Italian population. But in recent decades the Chinese community has become the largest group in this Catholic community in the city’s North Beach neighborhood. The Gold Rush first brought large numbers of Chinese men to the Bay area in the 1850s, although many soon returned home because of anti-Chinese laws Second of and so few female two parts Chinese in the area. In 1972, only a handful of Chinese were attending the church when Father Joseph Cheng, a Salesian priest from Hong Kong, celebrated the first Chinese Mass for about 20 young adults in what was then an indoor basketball coutrt. Sts. Peter and Paul’s Chinese apostolate had begun. “It was very exciting for us,” recalled Estella Lum, who was part of that first group. “It gave us a real sense of belonging to hear Mass in our native language, and helped make Sts. Peter and Paul our spiritual home.” Lum is originally from Hong Kong, and was brought to the United States by her parents when she was a teenager. She has had a special attachment to the parish for 40 years, was married there and had her children baptized there. Roland Kong was also a founding member of the Chinese apostolate. He, too, was born and raised in Hong Kong, and attended a Salesian school there. “It was important to us,” he said. “It made the Mass a part of our culture.” A convert, Kong was baptized in Sts. Peter and Paul, and like Lam, would go on to be married and see his children baptized there. He has also attended the funerals of close family members there, including his wife, who died nine years ago. “I’ve developed a close relationship with the Salesians and the parish,” he said. Kong recalls that when the number of Chinese coming to Sts. Peter and Paul grew to be more than 100, the pastor moved the Mass from the basketball gym to the church and made it one of the weekly Sunday Masses. It’s today offered at 10:15 a.m. Sundays. Kong believes its popularity is due to Sts. Peter and Paul’s proximity to Chinatown, and that other parishes in the area do not offer weekly Masses in Chinese. The celebrant for the Mass is not a Chinese priest, however, but Salesian Father Mario Rosso. The 88-year-old priest is originally from northern Italy and learned the Chinese language during his 43 years serving as a missionary in China. “While the overall number of Chinese who are Catholic is relatively small, those who are Catholic are very fervent,” he said. Father Rosso was ordained a priest in 1949 and was sent to Shanghai. The new Chinese communist government expelled him and his fellow missionaries, however, so he went to minister in Hong Kong and Macau, which at the time were ruled by the United Kingdom and Portugal. He came to Sts. Peter and Paul in semi-retirement nearly a decade ago. He has become beloved in the Chinese community, Kong said: “He’s been like a real father to us.” Many Chinese who come to Sts. Peter and Paul are not from North Beach, however, but make a lengthy commute to worship there. One such commuter is Maryanne Kong, Roland Kong’s sisterin-law, a former North Beach resident who today lives in Fremont. She makes the 45-minute drive to the parish every Sunday. “I have a sense of belonging at the parish and it gives me the ideal setting in which to practice my faith,” she said. She first came to Sts. Peter and Paul in 1980, less than a week after she arrived from Hong Kong. She emigrated in search
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By Jim Graves
Choir members practice for the 10:15 a.m. Mass, which is celebrated in Cantonese.
Salesian Father Mario Rosso celebrates Mass in Cantonese.
Fremont resident Maryanne Kong commutes to Sts. Peter and Paul for Mass every Sunday.
‘While the overall number of Chinese who are Catholic is relatively small, those who are Catholic are very fervent.’ – Salesian Father Mario Rosso of better educational and work opportunities. And, like many of her fellow immigrants, she was concerned about the upcoming change in Hong Kong’s leadership, from British hands to those of the People’s Republic of China, in 1997. “We were concerned about a loss in our rights to free speech and other freedoms under the new government,” she said.
Roland Kong, left, talks to John Shea, 84, who has been a Sts. Peter and Paul parishioner since 1977.
In addition to being able to worship in her native tongue, Kong enjoyed a fellowship in her new parish which helped her get acclimated to her new home. Learning English was a challenge, she said, and getting used to cultural differences, like driving on the right side of the street as opposed to the left – Hong Kong is the same as England – took time, too. The sup-
port of earlier immigrants whom she got to know at Sts. Peter and Paul proved invaluable. “They gave me the help I needed to establish roots in my new home,” she said, Jim Graves is a Catholic writer living in Newport Beach, California, with roots in the San Francisco community. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Spirituality for Life
Holy and unholy fear Not all fear is created equal, at least not religiously. There’s a God entered our world as a helpless infant and God’s power still fear that’s healthy and good, a sign of maturity and love. There’s takes that same modality. Babies don’t intimidate, even as they also a fear that’s bad, that blocks maturity and love. But this inspire holy fear. We watch our words and our actions around needs explanation. babies not because they threaten us, but rather because their very There’s a lot of misunderstanding about fear inside of helplessness and innocence inspire an anxiety in us that makes religious circles, especially around the Scriptural passage that us want to be at our best around them. says that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Too often The Gospels are meant to inspire that kind of fear. God is texts like these, as well as religion love, a benevolent power, a gracious in general, have been used to instill authority, not someone to be feared. David is the Christ figure in Indeed God is the last person we an unhealthy fear inside of people in the name of God. We need to live in need to fear. Jesus came to rid us “holy fear,” but holy fear is a very the Old Testament, walking of fear. Virtually every theophany particular kind of fear that should in Scripture (an instance where God not be confused with fear as we appears) begins with the words: in holy fear of God and normally understand it. “Do not be afraid!” What frightens What is “holy fear”? What us does not come from God. never in an unhealthy fear. kind of fear is healthy? What kind In the Jewish scriptures, the of fear triggers wisdom? Christian Old Testament, King Holy fear is love’s fear, namely, the kind of fear that is David is revealed as the person who best grasped this. Among all inspired by love. It’s a fear based upon reverence and respect for the figures in the Old Testament, including Moses and the great a person or a thing we love. When we genuinely love another prophets, David is depicted as the figure that best exemplified person we will live inside of a healthy anxiety, a worry that our what it means to walk on this earth in the image and likeness of actions should never grossly disappoint, disrespect or violate the God, even though at a point he grossly abuses that trust. Despite other person. We live in holy fear when we are anxious not to his great sin, it is to David, not to Moses or the prophets, to betray a trust or disrespect someone. But this is very different whom Jesus attributes his lineage. David is the Christ figure in from being afraid of somebody or being afraid of being punished. the Old Testament. He walked in holy fear of God, and never in Bad power and bad authority intimidate and make others an unhealthy fear. afraid of them. God is never that kind of power or authority. To cite just one salient example: The Book of Kings recounts
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three months to live, he was declared cancer-free in October 1997. Medical tests continue to show no traces of cancer. “The doctors were flabbergasted because he was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer and they sent him home to get his affairs in order and die,” said Robert Graffio, canon lawyer for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and notary for the investigation. The man married his fiance a couple of weeks later than they had planned. The couple has two children, 7 and 9. “This is yet another assurance that the Lord is with us still, to this day, working miracles in our midst,” said Msgr. Michael Padazinski, chancellor and judicial vicar in the Archdiocese of San Francisco who oversaw the investigation as episcopal delegate. The man who recovered unexpectedly became the object of prayers to Father Stock through family members who knew of the priest’s story. A Franciscan priest who wrote the only English-language biography of Father Stock was pastor of a New Jersey parish where the stricken bridegroom’s older brother, his wife and children attended Mass. When Mary G. – her full name is withheld by request – called to place her brother-in-law on the parish prayer list in 1997, Franciscan Father Boniface Hanley said, “Pray, pray to Father Franz Stock,” she said, and made up a holy card for them to use. “We kept praying the whole time. He had his whole stomach removed. He had lymph nodes that were positive,” said Mary G., who as a nurse cared for her brother-in-law as he recovered instead of dying. “It’s 15 years later and he is still cancer free.” “I was the only one who didn’t focus on how bad things really were. All my focus was on getting better,” the East Bay man who experienced the recovery told Catholic San Francisco. The man, who asked that his name be withheld, said that although his family prayed to Father Stock, he did not do so. “It’s almost through the investigation that I found out and was reminded how serious it was,” the man said, noting that since then he has discovered many parallels between his own life and that of Father Stock. There was “potentially some large intervention in there,” he said. “I would like to have an easy answer but I don’t.” The wartime French called Father Stock “archangel in hell” because of his heroic mercy and kindness as chaplain to the inmates of the German armed forces Paris prisons of Fresnes, La Sante and Cherche-Midi La Sante and the execution fields of Mont Valerien. Eyewitnesses recounted Father Stock risking his life – at times using a specially outfitted cassock and an overcoat with hidden pockets – to bring news and banned luxuries and necessities to the men and women. The chocolate, clothing, paper, pens and letters helped the prisoners resist despair, torture and threats to their families.
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During the period 1941-44, the priest recorded accompanying more than 700 people to their executions and said he witnessed thousands being shot by the Nazis. “This week alone, I prepared 72 men for death, assisted them at the final moment and buried them,” Father Stock wrote in a December 1941 journal entry published by the Benedictine Abbey of St. Joseph de Clarvail, in Flavigny, France. In another entry published by the Abbey, Father Stock noted that Roger L., 28, was baptized the day of his execution. “He had lost all courage. With my help, he regained confidence … He made his first Communion with a moving gravity .… His last words at the moment of his death were ‘Lord, have mercy on me.’” With the liberation of France, Father Stock was briefly imprisoned by the Americans. Upon his release, the priest was asked to run a German prisoner of war “seminary behind barbed wire” in Chartres, an initiative of the French regime and the apostolic delegate to France, Archbishop Angelo Roncalli, the future Pope John XXIII. During its existence from 1945-47, 949 lecturers, priests, brothers and seminarians
passed through the camp seminary, according to the website franz-stock.org. Archbishop Roncalli visited the POW seminary four times, according to franz-stock.org, and officiated at Father Stock’s funeral, saying: “Abbe Franz Stock – that is no name, it is a program!” Father Hanley’s biography of Father Stock is “The Last Human Face: Franz Stock, a Priest in Hitler’s Army” (CreateSpace, 2010). Father Hanley died in 2010. From early adulthood, Father Stock was an advocate for peace, particularly reconciliation between Germany and France. Thus, despite an initial reluctance, Father Stock was convinced to run the German POW seminary in France as a way to further peace by renewing Catholicism in postwar Europe, according to franz-stock.org. Shortly before the shutdown of the POW camp and the seminary, Father Stock told the future German priests: “It is providence, which is hurling toward us this call for holiness by the voice of the history, and we must hear it, to bring to the world the message of freedom and peace, salvation and love.”
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“Each day brings more news about companies releasing vast amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, patenting the genes necessary to cure cancer, privatizing water, depleting ocean fisheries and claiming seeds as their intellectual property,” Burke says. “Corporations face ever-increasing pressure from capital markets to externalize and maximize short-term profits. This orientation often runs counter to the long-term view needed to sustain shared resources for hundreds of years.”
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SUNDAY, MAY 6 CONCERT: St. Elizabeth Church, 459 Somerset St. at Wayland, San Francisco sponsors a concert celebrating the 25th anniversary of the church’s Schoenstein Pipe Organ at 3 p.m. David Schofield will play. Choirs will sing including the parish choir and Light of God Fil-Am Choir. Admission is free. Donations accepted. Reception follows. Free street and lot parking is available. Visit www.stelizabethsf.org or call Karen Haslag, music director at (707) 996-9113.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14 CYO CAMP: Come learn more about this aweinspiring Catholic community that enables campers to experience a positive, meaningful and challenging summer adventure. The 11 a.m.-4 p.m. includes a barbecue lunch and tour opportunities as well as swimming, canoeing, archery, hikes and arts and crafts CYO Camp welcomes children of all religious backgrounds in youth-centered programming with value-based themes of community, stewardship and friendship. Registration is now open for CYO Summer Camp’s 2012 sessions! Location is CYO Camp and Retreat Center, 2136 Bohemian Highway, Occidental. Visit www.cyocamp.org. REUNION: The Notre Dame de Namur alumnae of San Francisco Mass and luncheon with a theme “Try to Remember.” Event begins with Mass at 10:30 a.m. at Mission Dolores Basilica followed by lunch at the Spanish Cultural Center, 2850 Alemany Blvd., San Francisco. Belles of 1942, 1952, 1962 and 1972 are special guests. Contact Katie O’Leary at (415) 282-6588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUESDAY, APRIL 17 ADVANCE DIRECTIVES: A panel discussion 2–4 p.m. with Connie Borden, palliative coordinator, Father Pablo Iwaszewicz, chaplain, and Mercy Sister Mary Gemma O’Keeffe, an attorney. Researchers have concluded that advance directives – living wills and health proxies chosen to make end-of-life decisions are important tools for providing care in keeping with patients’ wishes. Takes place at St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation, Morrissey Hall, 2250 Hayes St. between Shrader and Stanyan, San Francisco. Reservations required. Call (415) 750-5790.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 SPRING LUNCHEON: A day of fun benefiting St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room in San Rafael at Marin Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive, Novato. No-host cocktails are at 11 a.m. and lunch at 12:15 p.m. followed by bridge, dominoes and raffle. Tickets are $40 per person. Call (415) 883-3055. You may also mail check to SVDP, Gwen Johnson, 35 Par Lane, Novato 94949. Club rules prohibit jeans or denim attire.
THURSDAY, APRIL 19 VATICAN II: Father David Pettingill speaks April 19, 26, May 3, 10 at St. Emydius Church, 286 Ashton Ave. off Ocean, San Francisco. Father Dave’s topic is Vatican II 50 years later. Father Dave is a former seminary professor and pastor and a nationally known authority on the church council of the 1960s. Talks are from 7-8:30 p.m. Donation of $20 requested for entire series. Call (415) 587-7066.
FRIDAY, APRIL 20 BRIDGE PLAYERS: Queen of Hearts tourney at St. Charles Parish hall, 880 Tamarack Ave., San Carlos with check-in at 9:30 a.m. and games at 10 a.m. Entry fee for the six-round contest is $50 per
person. Lunch included in fee. Register for the event by April 17 with Lynda at (650) 592-7714. Proceeds benefit St. Francis Center in Redwood City.
SATURDAY, APRIL 21 REUNION: Immaculate Conception Academy honors all graduates with special attention to classes of 1952, 1962, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007. Event begins at 11 a.m. at Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave., South San Francisco. Contact Patty Cavagnaro at email@example.com. REUNION: “St. Rose Academy All School Reunion” begins with an alumnae memorial Mass at St. Dominic Church, Steiner and Bush Street, San Francisco at 10 a.m. No host cocktail reception is at 11 a.m. and luncheon at noon at the Hilton Hotel Union Square, 333 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco. Event marks 150th anniversary of the school’s founding. “Though St. Rose closed in 1990, the alumnae are still going strong,” organizers said. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. SPRING FLING: Riordan High School Spring Fling, a festive evening of dining, dancing, live and silent auctions benefiting the school’s Tuition Assistance Program. Be the highest bidder on vacation homes, theme baskets, wines and more! A new feature this year is wine tasting courtesy of Ravenswood, Nicholson and Taft Street wineries. Event will be held on campus at 175 Phelan Ave. just off Ocean Avenue. Ticket and sponsorship information contact Sharon Ghilardi-Udovich, director of special events, at (415) 586-8200 ext.*217 or email email@example.com.
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THURSDAY, APRIL 26 SEW: St. Vincent de Paul Society-San Francisco’s “Discarded to Divine” with unique fashions and home décor from recycled clothes, benefitting homelessness and domestic violence programs. Gala reception, live show, auctions from 6-10 p.m., San Francisco Design Center Galleria. Tickets are VIP $195 and general admission $95 ($75 if purchased by March 31). Visit www.discardedtodivine.org/.
FRIDAY, APRIL 27 REUNION: Sacred Heart High School, class of 1952, at St. Francis Yacht Club, noon-2:30 p.m. Call Frank Noonan at (415) 454-0243.
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GOLDEN JUBILEE MASS: Archbishop George Niederauer celebrates Mass commemorating his 50th year as a priest at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Gough Street at Geary Boulevard, San Francisco.
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MONDAY, MAY 7 GOLF: 53rd Annual Catholic Charities CYO Golf Day benefiting Catholic Charities CYO’s Summer Youth Programs – CYO Camp and CYO Athletics summer programs. Former 49er, Ronnie Lott, and Jim McCabe head up the Golf Day Committee, we look forward to another successful day of golf, friendship, and fundraising. This year’s tournament will be held at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club and Stanford University Golf Course. Complete information is available at www. cyogolfday.org.
TUESDAY, MAY 8: BREAKFAST TALK: Joseph Russoniello is guest speaker for Catholics at Work at Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville. Russoniello is a former U.S. attorney and is also known for his experience in defense of the Catholic Church. Talk begins at 8:15 a.m. A full buffet breakfast is served starting at 7 a.m. Mass is celebrated at 6:30 a.m. at the same location. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Visit www.catholicsatwork.org.
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Authors approach church’s challenges from different perspectives “THE EMERGING CATHOLIC CHURCH: A COMMUNITY’S SEARCH FOR ITSELF” by Tom Roberts. Orbis Books (Maryknoll, N.Y., 2011). 204 pp., $24. “WAKE UP LAZARUS! ON CATHOLIC RENEWAL” by Pierre Hegy. iUniverse (Bloomington, Ind., 2011). 328 pp., $22.95.
Reviewed by Daniel S. Mulhall (CNS) The data from recent surveys concerning membership in the Catholic Church have not been positive. Fewer people are attending Mass weekly, contributions are down, and many more adults are leaving the church than joining it. These two books examine the challenges and offer suggestions for reversing the current trends. Tom Roberts, author of “The Emerging Catholic Church,” is an editor-at-large for the National Catholic Reporter newspaper. The book developed from a series of articles Roberts wrote for the paper during 2009 while visiting dioceses around the United States, but it does not repeat the original articles. Roberts approaches the topic from the perspective of a journalist, and one who writes for a newspaper that covers the Catholic Church from a progressive or liberal perspective. Pierre Hegy, the author of “Wake Up Lazarus!”, is an emeritus professor at Adelphi University. His dissertation focused on authority in the Catholic Church. He addresses the topic of church renewal from the perspective of an academic who is fully committed to the church and its survival. Although both books examine the data from many of the
same studies and both offer suggestions on what the church can and should be doing to reverse the negative trend, the books are very dissimilar in approach and attitude. Roberts tends to see the problems the church faces today as a contest between the hierarchy and the laity, with the bishops trying to take back the power they lost following the Second Vatican Council. Hegy writes that he is concerned with “pastoral strategies” and so uses whatever tools he can – theology, sociology, statistics and theory – in an effort to “make a contribution to the growing field of pastoral sociology” and renewal in the church. Roberts begins with Sister Thea Bowman’s presentation to the U.S. bishops in June 1989. That day the bishops heard what Roberts calls “a plea for a change in the church’s hierarchical structure,” but the author quickly moves to Pope John Paul II’s
efforts to roll “back the reforms of the Second Vatican Council” and reshape the hierarchy. Chapter 2 examines the data from recent studies and presents a brief explanation of their meaning and causes. In the next three chapters, Roberts recounts the sexual abuse crisis and decries the clerical culture that he believes exacerbated the problem. The last half of the book focuses on parishes that Roberts suggests exemplify the new emerging Catholic Church. Hegy begins with research data to set the context for his proposal for renewal. From the data he suggests that a new form of theological reflection is needed because “academic theology reflects on belief rather than faith; on doctrine rather than practices” but that people today are more interested in spiritual growth rather than knowledge, individual conversion rather than structural change in the church. Drawing from the work of churches – Catholic and others – that are successful at attracting and holding new members, Hegy identifies key issues that need to be addressed, such as the need for a global vision for the future that encourages strong community involvement and vibrant outreach to attract newcomers and keep young people from leaving. He explains that strong and vibrant churches focus on spiritual growth and encourage spiritual practices, while helping their members develop a strong faith identity. In the last 70 pages, Hegy offers strategies for renewing the Catholic Church’s vitality by focusing on such issues as piety and devotion, relationships and getting members actively involved in the life of the faith community. Mulhall serves as director of professional development and Hispanic catechesis for RCL Benziger.
Rebellion, reforms part of church history of institutional power versus piety “THE TRIUMPH OF CHRISTIANITY: HOW THE JESUS MOVEMENT BECAME THE WORLD’S LARGEST RELIGION” by Rodney Stark. HarperOne (San Francisco, 2011). 506 pp., $27.99.
Reviewed by Brian Welter (CNS) Christianity’s failings were often due to its political involvements, or to meddling from rulers. The church has repeatedly had to fight against this power orientation. While Emperor Constantine deeply damaged the church for centuries, Christianity has always reformed and remade itself, on the whole staying faithful to the Gospel. Especially since the Reformation, but at many episodes prior to that as well, the Roman Church has been a community of the pious. In “The Triumph of Christianity,” Rodney Stark clearly shows that when Constantine decriminalized the church, he also vastly enriched it, thus setting off the centuries-long battle over simony. Wealthy and even mediocre ecclesiastical offices attracted men and their backers more interested in financial gain and worldly power than in religious service. The medieval Western church is a history of the resulting decay and reform. Thus Roman families would control the papacy, putting into the chair of Peter men who gambled, prayed to the gods, womanized and had illegitimate children, and mocked the
liturgy. Stark, a professor of social sciences and co-director of the Institute for the Studies of Religion at Baylor University, describes well the resulting great, European-wide reforms that would sweep the entire institution, as in the 11th century, when several popes including Gregory VII (pope 1073-1085) promoted a more saintly episcopacy and priesthood and fought against the buying and selling of church office (simony). St. Francis was another from the “church of piety,” as Stark calls it – the part of the church that existed throughout the centuries, even at the most corrupt periods, and that always followed Christ devoutly and served the people. Yet because the “church of power” retook the institution after the 11th-century reforms, the centuries between 1100 and the Reformation in the early 16th century witnessed one rebellion against the church after another, something the author covers well. The Waldensians, near-cousins to the Franciscans, were rooted out as heretics because, unlike Francis and his followers, they did not carefully offer their loyalty to the church of power. The Cathars, or Albigensians, mostly of southern France, were also savagely destroyed in the 13th century. Yet Stark offers a balanced view of Christian history, one that counters all the defamations of Voltaire, Denis Diderot and the other voices of the so-called Enlightenment. Stark is especially strong on showing how science directly grew out of the medieval Christian view that because God was reasonable and had made men reasonable, so the world was also built
on logic and could be known in this way. The author writes convincingly that the so-called Scientific Revolution never happened, and has been an Enlightenment slander against the “Dark Ages.” The early medieval period saw profound technological growth, as agricultural innovations fed a growing population. Stark, a sociologist-historian interested in the lives of the common people, also notes the very high use of water mills by the 10th century. He attributes this in part to the Christian prohibition against slavery, which meant that agriculture and industry had to find alternative sources of power to slaves. Catholics will come away from “The Triumph of Christianity” with a lot to tell their Protestant or secular naysayers. Stark notes that much uninformed and unjustified anger and bigotry directed at the Catholic Church not only originated in the Enlightenment, but in Protestant anti-Catholic propaganda. He goes so far as to say that English and Dutch slander against the Spanish Inquisition was in fact racism or Hispanophobia. “Astonishing as it may seem, the new historians of the Inquisition have revealed that, in contrast to the secular courts all across Europe, the Spanish Inquisition was a consistent force for justice, restraint, due process and enlightenment,” Stark observes. Welter is studying for his doctorate in systematic theology and teaching English in Taiwan.
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Protesters briefly occupy building owned by archdiocese About 75 Occupy San Francisco activists were arrested and cited for misdemeanor trespassing April 2 when police officers moved into and removed them from a building owned by the Archdiocese of San Francisco they were occupying on Turk Street. The building had been used most recently as a music classroom for students at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, although the activists, mistakenly, believed it had been vacant for several years. Considerable damage was done to the building at 888 Turk St. after the activists occupied it on April 1, said San Francisco Police Department spokesman Michael Andraychak. Spray-painted graffiti was found around the building, including the message “Kill Cops.” He said police had to demolish some door to reach trespassers to arrest them. Those arrested were cited and given court dates in 30 to 40 days, said Sgt. Andraychak. The Archdiocese of San Francisco issued the following statement before the protesters were removed. “The archdiocesan properties at 888 Turk St. and 930 Gough
that have been occupied are properties for the use of Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory High School, which is an archdiocesan school. “SHCP is an urban high school with a campus that is compressed in an urban environment. SHCP and the Archdiocese bought these buildings five years ago to serve the students on campus in a variety of ways. Some of the buildings have been used for music and art classes until as recently as 18 months ago. These classes have been relocated to the newly built theatre arts center directly adjacent to the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption. “About 35 percent to 40 percent of SHCP students, many of whom come from lower-income families, receive tuition assistance. This year SHCP provided $2.93 million in tuition assistance. “The buildings are intended to become revenue producers to assist students now and in the future, especially during these difficult economic times,” the archdiocese said, noting that the church provides about one third of all the social services to the poor, homeless and vulnerable in the city.
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