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Pope appoints new bishops in T&T, Barbados “I think they are very good choices and very good additions to the Caribbean Conference of Bishops”. This was the reaction of Bishop of Georgetown Francis Alleyne in an invited comment on the news that Pope Benedict has appointed Father Joseph Harris and Monsignor Jason Gordon both of Trinidad and Tobago to be the new heads of the church of Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and St Vincent and the Grenadines. Fr Harris will be ordained Bishop coadjutor (co-assister) of Port of Spain on September 14. He will become the new Archbishop of Port of Spain when the present Archbishop Edward Gilbert retires in December. Father Jason Gordon will be ordained on September 21 in the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Barbados. Soon after his ordination the new Bishop of Bridgetown will also be installed in the Diocese of Kingstown, SVG, in the Cathedral of the Assumption on September 23. Pope Benedict officially announced the appointments last Friday July 8. Father Harris, a member of the Holy Ghost congregation is also the Judicial Vicar and Vicar for Clergy in Trinidad and Tobago. Sixty nine years old Fr. Harris was a former Rector and lecturer at the Regional Seminary in Trinidad. He also worked and studied in the United States, Canada, Ireland, and in the Missions in Paraguay in his earlier years as a priest. Among his academic qualifications he holds a Masters Degree in Theology and a Doctor of Ministry. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 14, 1968. Fr Harris will become the country’s tenth archbishop but only the second Trinidadian to be head of there. The late Tony Pantin became the first Please turn to back page 16th WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Bishop’s Engagements Sun 17th July: 08:30 hrs Mass at Fatima 14:00 hrs Mass at Camp Kayuca Wed 20th July: 17:00 hrs Mass of Thanksgiving at Fatima for Fr. Linus Wall Thurs 21st July: 16:30hrs meet confirmation candidates in New Amsterdam Sun 24th July: 09:00 hrs Mass at Mahaica to begin Pastoral Visit + Francis Alleyne, OSB
Archbishop elect Joseph Harris and Bishop elect Jason Gordon at a press conference last Friday in Port of Spain after the Vatican announcement of their appointments
Fr Linus Wall dies at 92 in Canada Scarboro priest Father Linus Wall who worked in Guyana for more than 52 years, 40 of them as parish priest of Our Lady of Fatima church in Bourda died at 2.00pm on Wednesday July 13, in Scarborugh General Hospital in Canada. Fr Wall returned to Canada in 2006. In a 2009 article about Scarboro priests, Fr Jack Lynch wrote of Fr Wall, “Those of us who live with this hearty Newfoundlander have come to appreciate more and more each day his wonderful approach to life, his youthful vigour and enthusiasm - remarkable in a man who, without complaint, now goes for dialysis three times weekly.” Shortly after Fr. Wall returned to Canada he was diagnosed with renal problems and was put on regular dialysis treatment. Last week
however during dialysis his blood pressure went down too low and dialysis had to be discontinued. His condition seemed to be deteriorating and after consulting with the doctors it was decided to discontinue dialysis. Father Jack Lynch also wrote about a visit he paid to Guyana. He said one lay leader in the Pastoral Area told him, “Father, when we get together with the laity from the other parishes, we realize just how well Fr. Linus and the Scarboro priests prepared us to assume our rightful responsibility in our church.” Tentatively, the wake for Fr Wall is on Friday 7:00 pm and the funeral Sat. 10:30 am in Canada. The Catholic Standard extends deepest sympathy to the entire Scarboro community on the death of Fr Wall.
How to Choose a Bishop By Mike James Mikejames@aecrc.org The announcement last Friday in Port of Spain of the appointments of two new bishops for the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC), Fr. Joseph Harris as Coadjutor Archbishop of Port of Spain, and Msgr. Jason Gordon as bishop of the two dioceses of Bridgetown, Barbados and Kingstown, St. Vincent has been the cause of great joy. Barbados had been without a resident bishop since May 2005
when the Vatican accepted the resignation (that all bishops are required to submit when they reach the age of 75) of Bishop Galt. Kingstown, St. Vincent had been without a resident bishop since July 2007 when its first and only Bishop Robert Rivas was appointed Archbishop of Castries in St. Lucia. Archbishop Edward Gilbert had announced that he had submitted his required resignation, to take effect from 26 December, 2011 when he celebrates his 75th birthday. The joy Please turn to page 9
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Catholic Standard, Fri., July 15th, 2011 still live in or close to areas where they constantly interact with nature. During the holidays however when we are not trying to control what goes on around us perhaps we can even better appreciate nature not as objects for our use but for what they are in themselves to be appreciated, protected and respected. Given part of the reality of Guyana today a large number of our children and young adults will spend their holidays doing little or nothing at home with little or no parental supervision. Parents and guardians and all who have direction in public affairs should take steps to safeguard our youth of the many dangers and harmful influences that can befall them particularly at this time. There
We are told that holidays are an absolute necessity in order to maintain good mental, physical and spiritual health. Holiday simply means longer than usual time away from normal employment or education. Hundreds of thousands of children and adults from nursery to university began several weeks of holidays on Monday. Many parents also try to get their annual leave at this time so that they can reconnect as a family or deepen these relationships. Speaking in Rome earlier this week Pope Benedict issued an invitation to parents to use the holidays to teach their children to value nature. To those gathered at his summer residence he said, "I would like to recommend that during this time of vacation, you revivify your spirits by contemplating the splendors of Creation." "Parents," he said, "teach your children to see nature, respect and 222 South Rd & Wellington St., protect it as a magnificent gift that presents to us the grandeur of the Georgetown
are adults who make huge profits by inducing them to buy drugs or employing them as agents for their trade. Youths are permitted to visit rumshops where they are sold beer and liquor. Movies advocating highly immoral values and practices are now easily available. During the holidays it would be reasonable to speculate that more of them would be tempted to indulge in unwholesome practices. The challenge at this time is also for adults to help remove some of the obstacles and pitfalls that young people are likely to face during these holidays and to help, guide and encourage them in good endeavors.
Creator!" Alluding to parable of the Sower and the Seed, the Holy Father added that with parables, "Jesus used the language of nature to explain to his disciples the mysteries of the Kingdom." "May the images he uses become familiar to us," he said. "Let us remember that the divine reality is hidden in our daily lives like the seed in the soil. May it bear fruit in us! Guyana is a highly agricultural country and many people
PRINCIPLES Viewpoint By “Our Principles are the springs of our actions; Our actions, the springs of our happiness or misery; Too much care, therefore cannot be taken, In forming our Principles.” Philip Skelton
We live in a complex world in which certain behavioural patterns may typify the ‘Law of the Jungle.’ Selfishness, lack of integrity and the focus on material gains lead some persons to conclude that adherence to principles is not a common practice. Parental guidance, home training, schooling and religious teachings would have instilled in us, certain values. In that process there would have been a clear demarcation between what is right and what is wrong. Being unprincipled would certainly be deemed wrong. We would have been taught to show consideration for others and to recognise the qualities of a good citizen. We would have been asked to embrace those values in our personal lives on the premise that our conduct reflects our principles. The seed our Principles has good crop potential. It will germinate and grow vigorously in an environment of truth blended with integrity. Its growth will be retarded and the yields jeopardized, when we allow the weeds of trickery, dishonesty and greed to flourish. The relationship of our actions to happiness or misery thus seems logical. Yet, short term gains to satisfy our acquisitive nature may propel many persons into deviating from the straight and narrow path of truth and principles. Attempts may be even made to justify unprincipled behaviour based on specific needs or circumstances. The British Statesman Sir Winston Churchill observed: “Some men change their party for the sake of Principles; Others their principles for the sake of the party.” Several questions arise! Why the declining standards and abandonment of principles? Why such clear cases of disintegrating values? What can be done to have persons adhere to principles?
Vibert Parvatan Many answers may be forthcoming. The views likely to surface are: Lack of self worth; The strangulation of trust-worthiness; Attempts to out-smart and out-manoeuvre others; Attitudes of acquisitiveness; and Lack of consideration for others I was told an interesting story of a gentleman committing himself informally to a certain price for the sale of property. Within hours a new offer surfaced. It was significantly higher than the off to which he had agreed in principle but had not formalized. What did he do? He declined the persuasion of the second bidder thus forfeiting the incremental profit it offered. He took the position that he had given his word and that he could not renege on that. He contended that his word was his bond. That true story will be unusual in today’s scenario where even the written agreement may be torpedoed to make the extra dollar. Personal financial gain may seem more attractive to some persons than personal integrity and any principle. Developing a culture of caring not only for overselves but for others, is a principle on which traditional values are based. No person is an island. Our individual well being requires harmonizing with others. We can build a humane society on the firm foundation of good values. It is necessary to have our principles embrace love, dignity, mutual respect and consideration. Bringing good values in our lives demands a mental attitude which recognises the goodness and the spirituality of human beings. It demands trustworthiness; understanding and selfcontrol. Our principles must thrive on honesty and humility and exemplify our spiritual and moral teachings. It must cast away attitudes of selfishness, greed and jealousy which lead to hate and conflict.
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well what he means, and that the pleas of the saints expressed by the Spirit are according to There is no god, other than you, who cares for the mind of God. The Word of the Lord. everything, to whom you might have to prove that GOSPEL: Matthew 13: 24-43 you never judged unjustly.Your justice has its source in strength, your sovereignty over all makes you Let them both grow till the harvest. lenient to all. You show your strength when your sovereign power Jesus put a parable before the crowd, “The is questioned and you expose the insolence of those kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who know it; but, disposing of such strength, you who sowed good seed in his field. While are mild in judgement, you govern us with great everybody was asleep his enemy came, sowed lenience, for you have only to will, and your power darnel all among the wheat, and made off. When is there. the new wheat sprouted and ripened, the darnel By acting thus you have taught a lesson to your appeared as well. The owner’s servant went to people, how the virtuous man must be kindly to him and said, ‘Sir, was it not good seed that his fellow men, and you have given your children you sowed in your field? If so, where does the the good hope that after sin you will grant darnel come from?’ ‘Some enemy has done repentance. this,’ he answered. And the servant said, ‘Do you want us to go and weed it out?’ But he The Word of the Lord. said, ‘No, because when you weed out the RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Psalm 85 darnel you might pull up the wheat with it. Let O Lord, you are good and forgiving. them both grow till the harvest; and at harvest 1. O Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of love time I shall say to the reapers: First collect the to all who call. darnel and tie it in bundles to be burnt, then Give heed, O Lord, to my prayer and attend to the gather the wheat into my barn.’ ” sound of my voice. The Gospel of the Lord. 2. All the nations shall come to adore you and glorify your name, O Lord: for you are great and do marvellous deeds, you who alone are God. 3. But you, God of mercy and compassion, slow to anger, O Lord, abounding in love and truth, turn and take pity on me. FIRST READING: Wisdom 12:13, 16-19
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SECOND READING: Romans 8:26-27 The Spirit expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words.
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Generally there are two views of the Church. One view holds that the Church is for good people who are fully committed to Christ. The other position sees the Church as being open to all, whether hot, cold or warm, whether saint or sinner. For many of us, the presence of bad people, the sinners, in the Church is a great scandal. Only good people, the saints, should be admitted. What are we to think? As Christians, we have to turn to the example of Jesus to guide us in our thinking. We note that instead of excluding sinners from his company, he actively welcomed them. He stated clearly that he did not come to call good people, but sinners to repentance. His parable about the wheat and the weeds growing together until the harvest is his response to this very situation. =========== The parable we read in today’s Gospel addresses the problem of sinners in the Kingdom of God. In Jesus’ time the Pharisees believed that the Kingdom was for saints only and that sinners would be weeded out. But the
parable shows that Christ didn’t agree with this point of view. His position is clear - up to the last judgement, the Kingdom will be a mixture of good and evil. We can apply this parable to the Church. We are aware that, like the Kingdom, the Church is also a combination of good and bad. The separation of the two must be left to the last judgement. In the meantime the Church must be patient, we must reach out and preach and practise repentance and tolerance. The Church must imitate its Founder. It has to be big enough and loving enough to hold sinners in its arms. If we who make up the Church do not do this, we will not be the Church of Christ. =========== Human beings are complex creatures and so cannot be divided into two clearly separate groups of those who are good and those who are bad. If we try to draw a line between the good and the bad, that line would pass through each one of us. This is because there is good and evil in all of us.
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Letters to the Editor
Slavery in the modern era Dear Editor, Historically the Industrial Revolution began in Britain in the 18th Century, then spread to Europe. This probably was the advent of modern slavery. This was the age of remarkable inventions in science and technology leading to the establishment of factories resulting in mass production. In this 21st century science and technology have reached astronomical heights. Meanwhile the world’s population has increased geometrically causing severe food shortages and unemployment. Despite the power of trade unionism many workers worldwide are subjected to wide ranging injustices. Guyana one of the smallest societies, is no exception to these abuses.There is unemployment and underemployment, both in the government and private sectors, blatant violation of labour laws, sexual harassment and the list goes on. Apart from low wages and salaries, the sorest point is the non-payment to the National Insurance Scheme by many employers. Taxation both for employers and employees need to be reviewed. A living wage is fundamental as an incentive for workers to produce. The pensioner who is lucky or unfortunate to be alive should be able to live on his pension.
Butterflies and the gift of friendship Dear Editor, My friend told me he wants to be a butterfly—a yellow and blue one. I don’t know what you call those. He also said he would get me a job. Butterflies need no song like friendship need no words. The gift of friendship is a rare and beautiful thing. To know that someone knows your heart and mends your heart and reveals her heart—that is something like the Trinity. My friend amazes me with a kindness that goes beyond words and hugs—it is embedded in the inmost nature of our beings. To love and be loved- that is the answer. My friend is the reason I am here, only for a while, as I fly with her to a dream untold. Keep me true to my true self. ANDRÉ BULKAN
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The women in the N.A window? Dear Editor, I refer to the article in the Catholic Standard of July 1, 2011, "Historic New Amsterdam Catholic Church marks 175 years". As a child I attended this Church regularly and always admired the beautiful stained glass window depicting the Ascension. Many years later I visited the church with a group from the Heritage Society. Members were told that there are two extra people (women) standing on the right side of the scene. They are not Saints, they don't have haloes. They are behind Mary Magdalen who is kneeling. Everyone else is looking up at Christ but they are not. Do you know the names of these women? I have a coloured photograph of the stained glass window. O'Donna Allsopp
Happy memories of New Amsterdam Dear Editor, Many thanks for the photographs of First Communion Day at New Amsterdam. The faces of the children and adults brought back happy memories of my own 3-year stay in Guyana. The article explained the significance of the Day and all the requirements very well. It would have been good to mention that for Roman Catholics, Holy Communion means the Real Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus, present under the species of bread and wine, in accordance with His own words at the Last Supper: "This is My Body. This is My Blood. Do this in memory of Me." We believe that Jesus Himself, present in a real but mysterious manner, comes to nourish us in Holy Communion. Therefore, we need to prepare our hearts to receive Him worthily, as St. Paul teaches in his first letter to the Corinthians. At Holy Mass and in Holy Communion, we are carrying out a very special command of the Lord given at his parting meal with his twelve Apostles. Thus, we commit ourselves to practice His great Commandment of Love (given at the same meal) for which the Eucharist gives us special grace and strength. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta was a great believer in the Eucharist and insisted that her sisters practice devotion to the Eucharist with Holy Mass and a Holy Hour spent before the Blessed Sacrament every day of their lives. FR. JOE M DIAS, S.J.
Executive Presidency not O.K: AFC Dear Editor, The Alliance For Change is seriously concerned with the statements attributed to President Jagdeo as reported by the Stabroek News in a news story entitled “Executive presidency OK the way it is – Jagdeo” in the July 11 edition. No self-respecting leader, who has had the opportunity to observe and experience Guyana’s woes over the past two decades, since the Executive Presidency was foisted on our nation, should say that this aberration is “OK” as is.
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It is not surprising that Jagdeo, coming from a political entity with dubious democratic traditions, and believing in the politburo styled “Democratic Centralism, would become fully inebriated with the enormous powers and unlimited immunities he has enjoyed, and we daresay, abused, over his term of presidency. The AFC expects no different attitude and behaviour from PPP Candidate Donald Ramotar and calls on Guyanese everywhere to choose carefully and rationally at the upcoming elections whether they want to stay mired in a dictatorship, or they want liberation, freedom and an inclusive democracy. A vote for the PPP and Ramotar will give us more of Jagdeo. The AFC believes that the post of the Executive President is outdated and counter-productive towards fostering harmonious ethnic relations and development. Representatives of our two main political parties have held this office for 12 years, and 18 years respectively, and things have gone from bad to worse over time. At various times during their periods in opposition, both parties have denounced this most un-West Indian and harmful model of managing our affairs. Everyone knows that placing virtual unlimited and unaccountable power in the hands of one person cannot Please turn to page 7-
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We Are All Different Our little grandson told us: "I like all the children in outlook, and in abilities. One of them like photography my class, but why are we all different from each other." and computer graphics, but he is not too keen on We tried to explain that we are all different because helping with the housework. The other one is happy we are all descended from different nationalities, and and quite at home in helping his wife to keep the home clean. One of the girls is very good with the so on. But his innocent question gave us food for thought. guitar and has a beautiful singing voice, whereas, if On reflection, we thought that he was probably trying we start to sing others will jokingly tell us "don’t call to tell us, in his own little way, that the other children the rain." How different can we get? The others are do not like to do the things that he would like to do. all quite different in their own likes and abilities. Whether we are parents, grand-parents or children, it Over the years we have come to recognise the is good to realise that we are all quite different, not strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, and the only in looks, colour or race, but in our outlook on life, different abilities of each other, and to realise that, and our thoughts and abilities. No one else in the as a family, we each have something to contribute for entire world is exactly like us. Someone may resemble the benefit of the others. us, or look exactly like us, but on a closer examination So, as we all enjoy each day as grand-parents, parents or children, we suggest that we 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234 differences will be seen. Even in 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234 should realise that we are all "wired" 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234 twin this is the 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234 differently.We do 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234 case also. 1234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234
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By Chris & Noelma Lam
started to come to this realisation when we saw a young man on television. His shocking body piercing covered his eyebrows, nose, lips, tongue, ears and other parts of his body. At first, when we saw his body, we thought that he had been in a serious accident, before realising that he had deliberately chosen to look like that because his hair was cut in Mohawk style and dyed green. Sometime ago we met a little boy at the Pegasus who told us that the fourth floor button on the elevator was broken so we will have to press the second floor button twice. Of course, we realised that he was joking. How does all this fit together? Well, we do believe that these examples show that we are all quite different. Every one of us have different thoughts, actions, dreams, tastes and abilities. In our families, if we focus only on our differences, we may well end up fighting, disagreeing and worrying. But, if we can focus our thoughts on what unites us, rather than what divides us, our families can be much more happier. Yes, we need perspective. And we need to realise that although we are all different and have different abilities, we can compliment each other if we really try. We have seven children, and they are all different in
behaviour. Rather, we are saying that differences are to be respected, and we can still love members of our family who think, and act, in opposite ways. So, let us all pray that differences will not annoy us, or upset us. Let us all ask Our Lord to give us larger, more tolerant insight into the lives of others. Let us ask God to give us the wisdom to realise that others see life differently from us. And they always will.
Mind Puzzler Corner Our last Brain Teaser was: I may run rings around you, or escape your clutching grip. Or leave a treacherous trail that gives a sudden slip. (If you're not careful!) You always end up winning, while I shrink with each new meet: Our bouts will be my ruin, but you'll come out smelling sweet. What am I? The answer is: A bar of soap Now here’s this week’s Brain Teaser: I am loud or quiet. I am sudden or expected. I am a strong medication. I am a relief in certain situations. I am caused by embarrassment and/or happiness. I am found in many good friendships. What am I? Look for the answer in our next issue.
Spiritual Titbits - - This Week’s Reflection: Reflecting on this Sunday’s Gospel, we realise that if each of us looks at our own field we are sure to see some weeds there mixed with the good plants. It is our duty and responsibility to ourselves, and to others, to try our best to root out the weeds - the bad habits, the weak emotions, the evil thoughts we find there. When we try to do so, we find that it is a painful process. God Bless You! Have a Great Week! - - This Week’s Bible Question: Q. What city fell at the sound of a shout and trumpets? (Answer below.) - - This Week’s Teaser: Q: Why did the jelly roll?
(Answer below.) - - Today’s Bible Verse: The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him. Nahum 1: 7 - - Today’s Bits of Wisdom / Reflection: * Some people use language to express thought, some to conceal thought, and others instead of thought. * Nothing has more lives than an error you refuse to correct. - - Humour: One Sunday morning as the Priest was giving the homily at the children’s Mass, he reached into a bag of props and pulled out an egg. He pointed at the object and asked the children:
"What's in here?" "I know, I know!" Little Johnny boy exclaimed. "Pantyhose" - - A Card Hallmark Would Never Print: I don’t think about dying, it’s the last thing I want to do. - - Answer to Bible Question: Jericho - See Joshua 6:20 So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. - - Answer to Teaser: Because he saw the apple turn over.
NY State Senator Gets Heat For 'taking The Catholic Out' Of His Marriage Vote (CNA) New York state Senator Mark Grisanti ran as a Catholic Republican opponent of same-sex "marriage" in 2010. In June 2011, he became a key vote ensuring its passage, telling a local newspaper: "If I take the Catholic out of me, which is hard to do, then absolutely they should have these rights." Richard E. Barnes, Executive Director of the New York Catholic Conference, said Grisanti showed a lack of integrity as a Catholic by "ignoring" the "teachings he knows full well" on the subject of family life. Maggie Gallagher, chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, said the supposed protection trumpeted by Grisanti is seriously flawed as it “protects some religious organizations; it doesn't protect religious people. If you're a marriage counselor, it's not going to help you stay in business against a claim that you're discriminating if you are not willing to help gay people keep their relationships together."
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Justice & Peace Desk bishop also pointed to threats of drought, which will be compounded by displaced southerns now returning. "The challenge is immense," he wrote in a pastoral letter released Saturday. "Sometimes, it will come down to a decision: What must I give us that this person might eat, be clothed, be sheltered, etcetera?"
Illinois Catholic Charities Will C h u r c h C o n d e m n s L a t e s t by Mexico Car tels Fight Exclusion From Foster Care Killing (Zenit) After last Friday's shooting spree in a Monterrey bar (CNA/EWTN News) Catholic Charities of Illinois plans to challenge the Department of Children and Family Services' unexpected decision to end its foster care partnership with three local dioceses. "We are going into court tomorrow in an attempt to stop this, because we believe it's an illegal action for several reasons," said Peter Breen, Executive Director and Legal Counsel at the Illinois-based Thomas More Society. The three dioceses claim that their Catholic Charities offices remain free, under that law, to place foster children only with married couples and single individuals without live-in partners. In June 2011, Catholic Charities sued the state of Illinois, seeking to confirm their status as a foster care agency under the new law. "The legislature made clear that it was protecting religious entities as it passed the civil unions law," Breen stated.
that killed 21 people, the archbishop of the city, Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega expressed the grief of the Church, saying that despite the fact Mexican authorities are waging war on drug trafficking, it continues to rear its ugly head. In a press conference after Mass on Sunday, Cardinal Robles Ortega referred to what is now called "the massacre of Sabino Gordo," the name of the bar located in central Monterrey, in the northern state of Nuevo Leon. No one, said Cardinal Robles Ortega, can so dispose of the lives of others. "If the criminals had experienced in their life that God is the source of Life, they would think twice" before committing these atrocities, the cardinal asserted. "It is very easy to imply that measures are being taken against crime," he concluded, "yet not go to the root of things."
(CNA) Organizers are billing the August 17 "Night of Joy" as one of the biggest evening events of World Youth Day. It will feature a procession, Eucharistic adoration and opportunities for confession along with music, speakers and guest bishops, including Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver. Guests who will provide "impressive testimonies" include world champion soccer player Jesús Navas, magician Andrés O'Hagan, and Chiara Amirante, the founder of the Italy-based youth social advocacy group Nuovi Orizzonti. Other bishops attending the event are Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Pla of Alcalá, Spain, Bishop Joaquin Maria Lopez de Andújar of Getafe, and Bishop Yves Le Saux of Le Mans, France. The event will take place at 7 p.m. in the air-conditioned Madrid Arena, a 30-minute walk or a 15-minute metro ride from the Plaza Mayor. Dinner will be served to all registered World Youth Day pilgrims between 6 and 7:30 p.m.
center in Spain. Bishop Josep Ángel Sáiz Meneses of Terrassa presided over a Mass on July 2 at the parish of Fogars de Monclus, where the center is located in the rectory. The Cenacle Community is an international association founded in Italy by Sister Elvira Petrozzi in 1983. It has more than 50 communities around the world, including in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Austria, France, England, Ireland, Russia and Slovakia. The community's motherhouse is in Saluzzo, in northwestern Italy.
Cenacle Community Opens WYD 'Night Of Joy' To Feature 1st House in Spain Comunità Cenacolo (the Cenacle Community), which Speakers, Bishops And Music (Zenit) works for the rehabilitation of drug addicts, is opening its first
Pressing Issues Cut Short South Sudan Celebrations (Zenit) There is little time for celebration in South Sudan. Though it officially became Africa's 54th nation last Saturday, thus culminating a peace process that concluded the 19832005 civil war, many and serious issues need to be addressed quickly. Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of TamburaYambio, South Sudan, called July 9 a "wonderful day in the history of our people," reported Aid to the Church in Need. "The celebrations here went wonderfully well. It was really a blessing of God that we had no violence." However, the
Byzantine Faithful Welcome Apostolic Visitor to Spain (Zenit) Auxiliary Bishop Dionisio Lachovicz of Kiev has concluded an apostolic visit to Ukrainian faithful in the Spanish diocese of Orihuela-Alicante. The numerous Greek-Catholic faithful of the area have welcomed the bishop again; it is estimated that some 10,000 people from Ukraine form the 10 Greek-Catholic communities that live in the Diocese of Orihuela-Alicante. The bishop was appointed in 2009 as visitor for Ukrainian faithful of the Byzantine rite who reside in Italy and Spain. Last Wednesday, Bishop Lachovicz visited the local ordinary, Bishop Rafael Palmero, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Ukrainian community of Torrevieja. That community now has more than 3,000 faithful. Byzantine Catholics returned to full communion with Rome in 1595, retaining their Byzantine liturgy and their own canonical structure and hierarchy.
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A person of principle will help to formulate rules for the advancement of society and in a disciplined way will comply with such rules. Too often, self discipline is lacking and some persons may suffer a rude awakening that there may be a perception that they lack principles. We must discover ourselves and bring values in out lives to make it worthy. There is need to safe guard our principles and let it take root. For as Longfellow observed: “Many men do not allow their Principles to take root, But pull them up every now and then, As children do the flowers they have planted, To see if they are growing.”
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Thursday marked the 32nd anniversary of the martyrdom of Jesuit priest Father Bernard Darke in Brickdam, Georgetown. On July 14, 1979 four members of the Working People’s Alliance were to appear in court having been charged with arson in connection a fire which destroyed the Ministry of National Development and the Office of the General Secretary of the PNC along with the GUYSUCO building next to. They were Bonita Harris, Kwame Apata, Maurice Odle, Omawale, Rupert Roopnaraine, Karen de Souza, Walter Rodney and Davo Nandlall. Although they were granted bail they were taken from the court in a police van. WPA demonstrators followed the police van along Brickdam. As they passed St Stanislaus College, Fr Darke, who worked as a parttime photographer for the Catholic Standard, came out onto the street to take some photos of the demonstration. Suddenly the demonstrators were attacked by a group of thugs in front of Brickdam police station. Fr Darke continued to take photos of what was happening. Some of the thugs who were attacking the demonstrators turned on Fr Darke and beat him with staves. He fell as he tried to run and one of the thugs stabbed him in the back as he lay on the ground. He died six hours later in hospital.
Pope’s Prayer Intention for July General Intention: Those Suffering with AIDS That Christ may ease the physical and spiritual sufferings of those who are sick with AIDS, especially in the poorest countries.
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How to choose a Bishop From front page therefore is added to relief that long awaited appointments have been made for Barbados and St. Vincent. At last week’s press conference, the Trinidad press focused their questions on the fact that both Fr. Harris and Msgr. Gordon were supportive of an initiative earlier this year by a group of Catholics to launch a Genesis I Carnival Band and how this would have impacted the decision of the Vatican to appoint them as Bishops. Archbishop Gilbert patiently explained that Carnival was “not part of the process for nominating people. It is a non-issue for the Vatican. In fact I don’t think they have ever heard of Carnival.” Pressed further on whether the Pope would be in support of a Catholic Carnival band if he knew about it, Archbishop Gilbert was quoted by the local press as saying “He is a very intelligent man and he is very interested in reevangelising the Catholic culture throughout the world, so I would guess and that’s all I can do... my guess would be that once you explain it to him, he would be in favour of it.” What the local press did not cover at all was Archbishop Gilbert explanation in his opening statement of the actual process and criteria for the choice of Bishops. He explained the process as follows: “The process is initiated by the Nuncio in the country. The Episcopal Conference recommends names to the Nuncio. The Nuncio contacts people in the dioceses, clergy, religious, laymen and women. That is all put into proposals. Then there is a form sent out from the Nunciature evaluating every single one of them with a very long series of questions. When that is compiled the Nuncio makes a judgement and then sends three names to the Vatican called a terna for each position and then the Vatican makes its decision. The Cardinal who is in charge of that goes over on a Saturday morning and presents a recommendation. In almost all cases the Holy Father accepts the recommendation because there is so much work that has been put into it.” And he added “I want you to be aware that this process is very thorough, extraordinarily thorough. It involves people in all states of life in the Catholic Community. It involves the bishops of the AEC, it involves the files of the Vatican because people are writing the Vatican all the time, about issues, and recommendations, criticisms. There is a tremendous amount of information compiled and sifted through and the people who make these decisions are experienced people who have the love of the Church at heart and they do their best to present good candidates to the Holy Father.” See the attached link for Archbishop Gilbert’s full video statement in the Two New Bishops report at: http://www.catholicnews-tt.net/joomla/ Asked for the qualifications for being considered for an Episcopal post in our region the outgoing Papal Nuncio Archbishop Thomas Gullickson, (who leaves the Antilles shortly for his new assignment at Papal Nuncio to the Ukraine) summarized them as follows, “The fundamental is that for higher office in the Church one should be a priest in good standing. For the office of bishop in mission territories like ours one must be 40 years of age and at least 10 years a priest. Because
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Catholic Standard Fri., July 15, 2011 this is more restrictive than the Code of Canon Law, the Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples (which makes Episcopal recommendations for Mission territories to the Pope) can always dispense from its particular rules and follow universal law.” It is also said that one of the main qualifications for being considered for Episcopal appointment is that you do not want it. The Jesuits for example, are under specific rules of their Order not to accept Episcopal appointment unless the Order’s policy is specifically overruled by the Pope. Ambition is a major obstacle to the episcopate. After all Jesus taught and lived out explicitly, “I have come not to be served but to serve”. Vacancies currently to be filled in the AEC include the Dioceses of Basseterre-Pointe a Pitre in Guadeloupe (Catholic population 405,000 largest in the AEC followed by Port of Spain 395,000) which has had no bishop since Bishop Cabo retired in 2008, and St. John’s Antigua and Basseterre St. Kitts, also vacant since 2008 when Bishop Donald Reece became Archbishop of Kingston in Jamaica. Suitable candidates should NOT apply personally.
Rupert Murdoch's Papal Knighthood questioned London, England, July 13 (CNA/EWTN News) .- There are calls from all sides in British politics for Rupert Murdoch to hand back ? or be stripped of ? his papal knighthood if he is found culpable in any way for the recent phone hacking scandal involving his British tabloid newspaper, The News of the World. "I think we need to see the extent of what happened and who knew what and when before we rush to judgment. But if it transpires that Rupert Murdoch was aware of these goings on then, yes, he ought to hand the papal knighthood back," said former Conservative government minister and Catholic convert Ann Widdecombe on July 13. Rupert Murdoch was made a Knight Commander of St. Gregory in 1998. Although not a Catholic, he had apparently been recommended for the honor by Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles after giving money to a Church education fund. A year later he also donated $10 million to help build Los Angeles' new Catholic cathedral.
Support the priesthood and religious life! Catholics are being offered a great opportunity to support our sisters and brothers called to the priesthood and religious life. In addition to giving generously to the St. Peter Apostle second collection on Sunday July 31, 2011 in your parish community, you are also encouraged to offer prayers for our seminarians and religious in formation, and for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The proceeds of the St. Peter Apostle second collection support the formation of seminarians and candidates for religious life throughout the world especially in mission territories. It also assists with funds to build and carry out maintenance to seminaries. Don’t miss this faith opportunity to get involved in the development of the worldwide church! Please see bulletin/ notice board for more information.
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Marian Academy among top NGSA performers With more than 35 per cent of the 53 candidates from Marian Academy gaining in excess of 90 percent of the total possible marks at this year’s National Grade Six Assessment examination headmistress of the school, Ursuline Sister Marie Harper says she is very happy with this year’s results. Ms Maya Persram was the school’s top student and placed 15th overall in the country. Five Marian students qualified for Queens College considered the top secondary school in the country. Another thirty per cent of the school’s candidates scored between 85 and 90 per cent in the exams. Sister Marie also pointed out that although some pupils qualified for what are considered top government schools, a number of them will not be taking up those places and have opted to remain at Marian Academy for their secondary education. She said more than 80 per cent of the students now in the Primary stream at Marian have chosen to continue their secondary education at the school. Asked why she felt so many students had decided to remain at Marian Sister Marie said many parents had acknowledged that the school had facilities that are not found anywhere else in the school system in the country.
The first Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception – the foundation stone was laid on the 21st of April 1868 and opened on the 30th August 1874. The building - situated in the same block where the present Cathedral now stands - was 160 feet long, 76 feet wide and 80 feet high, and made of greenheart and crabwood. The eastern wall was fitted with three huge stained glass windows. In 1878 the Tower was added, it was 160 feet high and housed a large bell and a set of chimes. The top of the tower tapered off to house a shrine of Our Lady (this statue is now sited above the west door of the present Cathedral). The tower was designed by Fr. Ignatius Scales so who was also the architect responsible for the City Hall. The Cathedral was destroyed by fire on the 7th March 1913, caused by a Tinsmith who knocked over his Coal Pot while doing repairs in the tower.
She added that the school has always been known to have a warm, caring environment. It offers 22 subjects, has a very well stocked library, fully equipped laboratories and information technology centres all of which gives students a wide choice. In addition the learning institution also has a counseling service and a full-time, registered nurse on its staff to render immediate attention in cases of injuries to students. 28 co-curricular activities on offer also enhance social interaction, leadership, healthy recreation, self-discipline and selfconfidence.
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Trinidadian to hold this position when he was ordained Archbishop of the twin-island republic in 1968. Two years after his sudden death in 2000 the current Archbishop who is an American was appointed. According to a report in “Newsday” of Trinidad and Tobago, “the Vatican’s appointment of Gilbert, an American, as Archbishop triggered an outcry among the Catholic community and priesthood who felt a Trinidadian should have been chosen after Pantin’s death”. Msgr. Charles Jason Gordon, a priest of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain and member of the Living Water Community there, also lectured at the Regional Seminary. He is the Episcopal Vicar for Administration in the Port of Spain Archdiocese. He has studied and worked mainly in Europe and the Caribbean. He holds among his qualifications, a Masters Degree in Moral and Religious Education and a Doctorate in Pastoral Theology. Fifty-two years old Msgr. Gordon was ordained to the priesthood on March 19, 1991. Barbados has been without a resident Bishop since 2005. In the 1970’s the dioceses of Bridgetown, Barbados and Kingstown were merged. Today however they are two separate Dioceses over which Msgr Gordon will serve as Bishop. Before his appointment as Archbishop of Castries, St Lucia, in 2008, Trinidadian Archbishop Robert Rivas was appointed Apostolic Administrator for Bridgetown diocese in May 2005, and Apostolic Administrator for Kingstown diocese in July 2007. The Catholic Standard Limited wishes to express heartiest congratulations and best wishes to If readers have photos of historical Catholic interest and would Bishop elect Jason Gordon and Archbishop elect Joe Harris on their nominations.
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