Pro-life walkers, homeschooling, and an award to a Mormon agency

Three stories of interest in the latest Intermountain Catholic of Salt Lake City:

‘Origins’ this week on climate change, theologians

Global climate change and the relationship between theologians and bishops are the two topics addressed in the latest edition of Origins, the CNS Documentary Service:

  • The U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works invited religious groups to share their views on the moral and ethical dimensions of global climate change. Origins presents the testimony from three of them: the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (subscribers: click here), Reform Judaism’s Religious Action Center (subscribers: click here), and the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (subscribers: click here).
  • Theologian Daniel Finn, outgoing president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, urges a re-examination of the society’s relations with conservative theologians, U.S. bishops and the Vatican in a reflection on the need for a theology of power (subscribers: click here).

God’s hand touched actor, film

This is a week or two old, but still worth a look: The star has been called “the Brad Pitt of Mexico,” but the subject is serious. You may not have heard of “Bella” yet, so let the Western Catholic Reporter in Edmonton, Alberta, introduce you to the movie, to the film company with the aim of changing minds and hearts, and to Eduardo Verastegui.

Less whining, more action needed to open government ears to church views

Here’s a story from north of the border that should be of interest to U.S. church leaders: The Catholic Register in Toronto reports on a session at the Canadian Council of Churches’ annual meeting at which one delegate criticized doomsayers who say the church is losing influence and that the media are ignoring religion.

Cardinal urges support be withdrawn for Amnesty International

Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, made headlines when he told the National Catholic Register that Catholics should no longer support Amnesty International because of the organization’s recent policy shift on abortion. Here’s a link to the original story by the Register’s Tom McFeely.

Wanted: youth ministers, will train

The Florida Catholic reports that the Archdiocese of Miami wants to “get serious about reaching young people” and has created a program to train and certify youth ministers. “We can no longer afford to have people doing this just out of good will and good intentions,” said Claretian Sister Ondina Cortés, director of youth and young adult ministry for the archdiocese.

Born in Vietnam, Hawaiian nun calls her trip back a blessing

A Hawaiian nun who fled communist Vietnam with her family 30 years ago returned to her homeland for a 16-day visit with relatives and members of her religious community, according to the Hawaii Catholic Herald. “For me it was a graceful moment, just a blessing to go back,” said Sister Gioan Linh Nguyen.