Friday, October 24, 2014

Weekly Contributions for the weekend of October 19, 2014





Capital Campaign Weekly Update

Help us grow by contributing to the Capital Campaign to build a new Church. Campaign Update as of October 21, 2014 the building fund totals are:


Total Paid on Pledges-$2,512,201.92

Number of Families Pledged-809

Collected the weekend of October 18/19-$5,305.71

The Crisis That Changed Pope Francis


Paul Vallely / October 23, 2014 9:52 AM EDT

…..Francis does not want to be a pastoral autocrat in the way that previous popes have been philosophical or theological dictators. He wants to change the way the church goes about making decisions, to turn it from a monarchy into a body in which pope, prelates, priests and people constitute a collegial communion.

Change on the march

He got what he wanted. There was free and fierce debate between liberals and ideological conservatives (the most strident of whom, US Cardinal Raymond Burke, has been going round claiming that the pope is about to sack him from his post as the Holy See’s most senior canon law judge). Pastoral conservatives have divided between the two sides. Yet the vote on welcoming gays failed by just two votes to get the two-third majority.

Change is clearly on the march. A series of documents were drawn up – an interim report, small group reports and a final report which was less welcoming to gays and the divorced than Francis wanted. These are now the subject of a year’s intense debate. Then there will be a larger Synod on the family next October after which the pope – who concluded by warning against “hostile rigidity” by traditionalists  and “destructive good will” by liberals – has the final word.

Read the entire article by clicking on the following:  The Crisis That Changed Pope Francis

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Weekly Collections for weekend of October 12, 2014



Two additional families pledged. 

This week's bulletin (10-19-2014) has an insert on "Continue the Vision Capital Campaign." The headline reads "$542,000 In New Pledges! An Incredible Start!"

Presenters at the  second round of pledges are stating that $3.4 million in pledges are needed.  Apparently the same marketing firm is being used for the second round.




Thursday, October 9, 2014

Nov. 18 appeal hearing for Msgr. Lynn


The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday set Nov. 18 to hear oral argument on the Philadelphia District Attorney’s petition to reinstate the child endangerment conviction of Msgr. William J. Lynn, the first Roman Catholic Church official charged in the clergy child sex-abuse scandal.

The high court will hear the appeal in Harrisburg in the court’s main courtroom in the Capitol.

At issue before the state’s highest court is the contested key legal theory underpinning the landmark 2012 prosecution of Lynn, 63, who as the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s former secretary for clergy was the official responsible for investigating and recommending punishment for priests accused of sexual and other misconduct.

In July 2012, after a 13-week trial and 12 days of deliberations, a Common Pleas Court judge sentenced Lynn to three to six years in prison. He immediately went into custody.

Click on the following for more details: Nov. 18 appeal hearing for Msgr. Lynn

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Vatican Synod Tests The Pope's Vision Of A More Merciful Church

Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 11:51 am

By Sylvia Poggioli

….This Synod Is Only Phase One

Ahead of the synod, the Vatican sent out a questionnaire seeking input from clergy and lay people on many hot-button issues. The results showed the vast majority of Catholics reject church teaching on sex and contraception as intrusive and irrelevant.

But at the synod, 191 cardinals, bishops and priests will be flanked by only 12 lay observers.

Vatican analyst Robert Mickens says the synod needs to listen to a wider array of Catholics.

"Married people need to be heard," he says. "Gay people and their struggles need to be heard. Single mothers need to be heard. It won't do for a bunch of celibate men, so-called, to be parsimonious with God's mercy."

The two-week-long synod is just phase one, a discussion of issues. It won't be until a second assembly, a year from now, that concrete decisions are taken.

The outcome will not only affect issues of sexual ethics, contraception and divorce. It will ultimately determine the Catholic Church's relationship with the modern world.

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