Today (08.16.07)

No events in diocese today


August 15 — Rev. Sam Homsey, C.PP.S. (2004)

Today’s Readings

Joshua 3:7-11, 13-17
Psalm 114:1-6
Matthew 18:2119:1

Today’s Headlines from CNS


Bill aims to make motherhood easier for college students

WASHINGTON (CNS) — As the debate rages on about whether abortion should be restricted or made more available, Feminists for Life sees clearly that abortion is a choice that no woman wants to make. Members of the organization were on Capitol Hill Aug. 14 to explain their support for the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Pregnant and Parenting Student Services Act of 2007, which was reintroduced to both houses of Congress this year. This bill would establish programs at universities to support pregnant college women, so they don’t have to make the difficult choice between their education and parenting a child. The organization also introduced five women who shared their stories and will tour the country visiting college campuses to spread the organization’s message that “women deserve better than abortion,” said Serrin Foster, president of Feminists for Life.

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Shortage of management talent could hamper nonprofits, speaker says

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Nonprofit organizations will face a serious shortage of senior leaders in the next decade unless efforts are made now to recruit and retain outstanding managers, a consultant to nonprofits told the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. Thomas J. Tierney, chairman and co-founder of the Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit organization that provides tools and strategies to help other nonprofits increase their social impact, and a lecturer at the Harvard Business School in Boston, gave the keynote address at the leadership organization’s annual membership meeting, held at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in early July. The text of Tierney’s talk was made available to Catholic News Service in August. “The nonprofit sector — and this would include the church, for sure — is colliding head-on with a fundamental shortage of management talent, a shortage of senior leaders,” Tierney said. “This escalating leadership deficit, if you will, is going to be more profound and more pervasive than anything this country has ever experienced,” he added.

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Franciscan University sponsoring bioethics conference in October

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (CNS) — The Institute of Bioethics at the Franciscan University of Steubenville is sponsoring a conference in October aimed at health care professionals who must grapple with complex medical ethics issues, sometimes on a daily basis. The Oct. 25-27 conference, on the theme “Human Life: Its Beginning and End,” will focus on abortion, stem-cell research, assisted suicide and other life-and-death issues. Panel discussions will be held on concrete clinical cases involving beginning-of-life and end-of-life issues, material or formal cooperation, the meaning of suffering and the nobility of the health care professions. Nurses, physicians and psychologists can receive continuing medical education credits for attending the conference. Further information and registration forms are available online at, or by calling (800) 437-8368.

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Consumerism, hedonism will be defeated by God’s love, pope says

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) — The seemingly invincible ideologies of consumerism and hedonism and the reign of violence and terror will all be defeated by God’s love, Pope Benedict XVI said. “It still seems impossible today to think that God … is the true ruler of the world,” the pope said during his homily Aug. 15, the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. But, in the end, “love wins, not selfishness,” material power and hatred, he said to an audience of several hundred local parishioners. The pope’s comments came while he celebrated Mass at St. Thomas Church in Castel Gandolfo, where the papal summer residence is located, south of Rome. Giving his homily without using a text or notes, the pope said that according to St. Augustine, human history has been driven by a struggle between two kinds of love: love for God in which one “loses oneself and gives oneself” totally to him and loving oneself to “the point of disparaging God and hating others.”

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Gay Catholic youth group ministers in Mexico with blessing of diocese

SALTILLO, Mexico (CNS) — Noe Ruiz, 27, teaches elementary school in Saltillo, Coahuila’s state capital, about 200 miles south of the Texas border at Laredo. Like many in northern Mexico, Ruiz is Catholic and actively practices his faith. Unlike many in his hometown, he is openly gay and coordinates a gay Catholic youth group, which operates with the blessing of the local diocese and serves 40 young people. But it has not always been easy, he said. “The environment here in Saltillo is very traditional,” Ruiz said, although he added that attitudes were softening. Ruiz said Comunidad San Elredo is the only gay Catholic youth group in Mexico. While accepted within the diocese, Ruiz acknowledged some unease among Catholics in other parts of the country. “The church in Mexico is very conservative,” he said. “At the moment we’re being supported (locally), but there are many people that disagree with us.” Last January, Ruiz’s home state of Coahuila passed Mexico’s first civil union law, extending legal benefits to same-sex couples. The issue divided Catholic leaders across Mexico and in Coahuila, which is served by three dioceses.

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Church workers warn Filipinos against illegally working in Iraq

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Church workers in the Philippines have been training people ministering to Filipinos who could be illegally recruited to work in Iraq. Father Edwin Corros, executive director of the Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, told the Asian church news agency UCA News Aug. 13 that the manuals commission workers distributed at a July session in the San Fernando Archdiocese contained guidelines for identifying agencies involved in illegal recruitment so workers would not fall victim to them. Father Corros told UCA News that dioceses with migrant-worker departments have been given the same materials over the past three years to help them inform migrant workers and their families about the “pains and gains” of migration. However, workers continue to fall prey to illegal recruiters, he said. Only about 10 of the 1,200 registered recruitment agencies in the Philippines are operating legitimately, he said, adding that the rest are exploitative and many are “doing illegal activities.”

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Yankee legend Rizzuto known as big supporter of school for blind

NEWARK, N.J. (CNS) — Yankee legend Phil Rizzuto, who died Aug. 14 at age 89, will be remembered for many things, not the least of which will be the amount of money he raised for St. Joseph’s School for the Blind in Jersey City, a private Catholic institution founded and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. He raised more than $2 million through his work organizing celebrity golf tournaments as well as through his own family’s donations. As a result of Rizzuto’s generous charity work, the school opened a new two-story, 75,000-square-foot facility in Jersey City Feb. 20. The school previously utilized facilities that had been in place since the 1920s. St. Joseph will hold its 17th annual golf outing Aug. 20, and it is expected the event will be dedicated to the Yankee great’s memory and his work to support the school. A member of Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame, Rizzuto was a five-time All-Star — in 1942 and 1950-53. He later announced Yankee games for four decades.

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Break-dancing priest’s new project aims to unite families over food

ARLINGTON, Va. (CNS) — What began as a joke in the kitchen will become a published cookbook this fall and possibly a TV cooking series next fall, said Father Leo Patalinghug, the break-dancing, martial-arts guru who also happens to be a skilled cook. The media project, “Grace Before Meals,” aims to bring families together around the table, said Father Patalinghug, a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore who recently was appointed to serve as director of pastoral field education at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. Although there is an undeniable novelty about watching a priest host a cooking show, Father Patalinghug said what is most important is the effort to get families to come closer together. The cookbook and the show are simply the vehicle to make that happen and to “strengthen families,” because families are the “domestic church,” he said. The show, in which the priest will visit families and cook with them, will air on PBS next year if the production company is able to find enough sponsors, said Father Patalinghug, who said family meals are essential to the integrity of the family.

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Kilcoyne, longtime Chicago Catholic press photographer, dead at 86

CLINTON, Iowa (CNS) — A funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 6 at the motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Francis in Clinton for James “Jim” Kilcoyne, once considered the dean of Catholic press photographers for his 36 years of work at the Chicago archdiocesan newspaper. Kilcoyne, 86, died Aug. 2 at the Alverno Health Care Facility in Clinton. No cause of death was given. Following the funeral, burial was at St. Irenaeus Cemetery in Clinton. Born April 28, 1921, in Shullsburg, Wis., Kilcoyne joined the Chicago archdiocesan newspaper, then called The New World and now The Catholic New World, in 1950, after doing some freelance work following military service with the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Italy and North Africa in World War II. Always in a suit jacket, wearing a signature bow tie, cameras swinging from straps around his neck, Kilcoyne expanded his news beat to include Rome, Poland and the Chicago archdiocesan mission in Panama. He often drove 400 miles a week to cover events around the archdiocese.


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