Bishop’s newest podcast focuses on Eucharist

The Intermountain Catholic in Salt Lake City has posted the third podcast of Bishop John C. Wester, this time focusing on the Eucharist. Questions covered: Why is the Sunday Eucharist important? What does it mean to say “the Mass never changes”? What if I feel connected to God in my garden or in the mountains?

Churches mobilize against pornography

Efforts to fight pornography have been getting increased attention in recent months. The latest: Churches in the Kansas City area are petitioning six county governments in the region to convene grand jury investigations into sales of pornography. They also are seeking enforcement of Missouri and Kansas obscenity statutes. Stories are in both The Catholic Key in Kansas City, Mo., and The Leaven in Kansas City, Kan.

If you’ve not been following it, this is only the latest Catholic press coverage of the issue.  Some examples:

In addition, Archbishop George H. Niederaur of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Communications and a member of the Pontifical Council on Social Communications, spoke this month in Salt Lake City (his former diocese) and said the Internet has made pornography an “electronic tsunami” that has taken the problem well beyond simply movies and magazines. You can read coverage of the speech in the Intermountain Catholic of Salt Lake City. Subscribers to Origins, the CNS Documentary Service, can read the full text in Origins’ May 31 edition.

First parish life collaborator named in Pittsburgh Diocese

Earlier this month we posted a link here to a story about a pilot program in the Pittsburgh Diocese for parish life collaborators where a pastor is not able to serve. Now comes word in the Pittsburgh Catholic that the first one has been named. There’s also an interview with the newly named coordinator, Holy Family of Nazareth Sister Dorothy Pawlus, about her new duties and increased responsibilities.

YouTube Catholics

A good overview of how church leaders and others are using the latest audio and video tools on the Internet, such as YouTube, for evangelization and other purposes is provided in the National Catholic Register.

Fallen soldier’s family honors his memory

Memorial Day has passed, but it’s not to late to read this feature in the Catholic Explorer of the Diocese of Joliet, Ill., about a local family whose observance of the holiday changed this year after the death last December of Capt. Travis Patriquin.

‘Origins’ covers immigration, spirituality, pornography, and more

A variety of interesting texts in the latest edition of Origins: CNS Documentary Service:

  • Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles explains why the church considers the U.S. immigration system unjust and in need of reform. (Subscribers: click here)
  • St. Augustine might feel right at home with the contemporary emphasis on individuals finding their own way to live out their humanity and on individuals not only choosing their own faith but one that “speaks” to them by making sense of their spiritual journey as they see it, suggests Archbishop Philip Wilson, president of the Australian bishops’ conference. (Subscribers: click here)
  • The “electronic tsunami of pornography” now generates more annual income than all three major professional sports combined and causes the world’s fastest-growing addiction. But what should motivate people to take action “is not the amount of pornography there is but the kind of harm it does,” says San Francisco Archbishop George H. Niederauer. (Subscribers: click here)
  • Archbishop Celestino Migliore expresses the Vatican’s disappointment that the U.N. has postponed action on a declaration on the rights of indigenous people. (Subscribers: click here)
  • The Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., will not appeal the $11.45 million a jury recently awarded two sexual abuse victims, says Bishop William F. Murphy, who says “I believe that we need closure and healing at this time and that a new trial would only open up the wounds once again.” (Subscribers: click here)
  • The Vatican doctrinal congregation has sent to U.S. bishops a “minimum profile” for the assessment, study and certification of former Protestant ministers who want to become Catholic priests. (Subscribers: click here)

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