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The song where tears flow

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Sure, these are frightening times- we feel shocked, indignant and cowardly all at once.

It is 

A time to mourn,

A time to cry,

A time to ponder, dwell, pray and pray some more.

Remember this song:

Where you there when they ….Tremble

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?
Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?
Oh sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble
Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?

Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?
Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?

Oh sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble
Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?

Read more: Aaron Neville – Were You There? Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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What great minds are saying about The News today

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Comments re: the Immigration BAN

Cardinal  Tobin of Newark says http://www.rcan.org/statement-cardinal-joseph-w-tobin-cssr-wednesday’s-executive-actions-immigration

 

SEE: Cardinal Blase Cupich:  Comments here.

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) 

“When did we see you a stranger and welcome you?”
Matthew 25:38

WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the USCCB, have issued the following joint statement regarding the recent executive order on the new refugee policy announced by President Trump this past Friday. President Trump’s executive order suspends the entry of refugees into the United States for 120 days. The order also indefinitely stops the admission of Syrian refugees and for 90 days, bars individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Full joint statement as follows:

Over the past several days, many brother bishops have spoken out in defense of God’s people. We are grateful for their witness. Now, we call upon all the Catholic faithful to join us as we unite our voices with all who speak in defense of human dignity.

The bond between Christians and Muslims is founded on the unbreakable strength of charity and justice. The Second Vatican Council in Nostra Aetate urged us to sincerely work toward a mutual understanding that would “promote together for the benefit of all mankind social justice and moral welfare, as well as peace and freedom.” The Church will not waver in her defense of our sisters and brothers of all faiths who suffer at the hands of merciless persecutors.

The refugees fleeing from ISIS and other extremists are sacrificing all they have in the name of peace and freedom. Often, they could be spared if only they surrendered to the violent vision of their tormentors. They stand firm in their faith. Many are families, no different from yours or mine, seeking safety and security for their children. Our nation should welcome them as allies in a common fight against evil. We must screen vigilantly for infiltrators who would do us harm, but we must always be equally vigilant in our welcome of friends.

The Lord Jesus fled the tyranny of Herod, was falsely accused and then deserted by his friends. He had nowhere to lay His head (Lk. 9:58). Welcoming the stranger and those in flight is not one option among many in the Christian life. It is the very form of Christianity itself. Our actions must remind people of Jesus. The actions of our government must remind people of basic humanity. Where our brothers and sisters suffer rejection and abandonment we will lift our voice on their behalf. We will welcome them and receive them. They are Jesus and the Church will not turn away from Him.

Our desire is not to enter the political arena, but rather to proclaim Christ alive in the world today. In the very moment a family abandons their home under threat of death, Jesus is present. And He says to each of us, “whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (MT 25:40).
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Keywords: USCCB, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop José H. Gomez, President Trump, Executive Order, refugee policy, Christianity, Muslim faith, human dignity, Syrian refugees, social justice, humanity.
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Pope announces Newark Cardinal Tobin

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FROM the New York Times Cardinal Tobin

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…In short, he is just the kind of leader Pope Francis is elevating to realign the church in the United States with his priorities.

As the pope has made clear over the past three years, fancy lifestyles, formality and regal titles like Prince of the Church are out of style for cardinals. So is an emphasis on the divisive issues of abortion and same-sex marriage, even though the church’s underlying position on those issues has not changed.

Instead, in the pope’s view, the church should emphasize humility and service to the poor. It should be multicultural, welcoming different styles of worship. It should reach out to other faiths and stand up for immigrants, refugees and nuns….

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In Newark, he said, his first job after his installation on Jan. 6 will be to listen. Encompassing Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union Counties in northern New Jersey, the archdiocese has pockets of great wealth and poverty, and an array of immigrants so diverse that Mass each Sunday is celebrated in 20 languages. About 30 percent of the parishioners are Hispanic.

It is also a community in need of healing. In July, citing the failure of the archdiocese to effectively remove priests accused of sexual abuse from contact with children, the editorial board of The Star-Ledger of Newark called the departure of Archbishop Myers a “true blessing.”

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Tobin’s fans are legion. He is well-loved and respected.

Who is he?

  • Joseph W. Tobin
    Joseph William Tobin, C.Ss.R. is an American Cardinal prelate of the Catholic Church. On November 7, 2016, Pope Francis appointed him Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey. Wikipedia
    Born: May 3, 1952 (age 64), Detroit, MI
    Archdiocese: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis
    Predecessor: Daniel M. Buechlein
    Ordination: June 1, 1978
    Consecration: October 9, 2010
    Created cardinal: November 19, 2016
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Mercy! Little old Ladies in Iowa – clueless or not?

They have 40 acres of prime SiliconValley Real Estate

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This cadre of women…sitting far, far away in little ol’ Iowa are ruling the roost in Northern California.

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The old women –  truly dedicated souls- did not sign  up to be Real Estate tycoons. They wanted to be nuns… To teach and be nurses.

Bam! All of sudden they have become responsible for a very  important school in California! They fired the Head of School who was way too progressive. Sports and Girls – indeed!

The Sisters of Iowa:   Do they pretend to know anything about California, Silicon Valley, single sex schools in Northern California?

They appear to be clueless about the sharp decline enrollments at one school. One huge reason 8th grade girls are not enrolling  is because there are no sports facilities. Smart young women who want to succeed in high school and then college know the high importance of a well rounded student…

 

Read: “Psst! I’ve got a secret” Blog by Laurel Grove in San Jose

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She grew up in Anytown, USA

We are six girls who grew up together…

We attended the same college- lived in the same dorms and have remained close friends for over 20 years.

We exchange birthday gifts, Christmas cards, floods of emails

and celebrate ourselves at an annual “retreat” at Yosemite.

Continue reading: https://laurelgroveloves.wordpress.com/2016/02/17/psst-ive-got-a-secret-dont-tell-anyone/

 

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Divorced Catholics – can they receive Communion?

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Oh, wait!

They already do…

What will transpire at the Synod?

...Pope Francis finds himself in a daunting position. His immediate predecessors, from Paul VI to Benedict XVI, seemed to lock the church into a series of positions—on divorce, contraception, sexuality, the celibate priesthood, the ordination of women, and homosexuality—that are at radical variance with the beliefs and practices of the majority of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics…

The New Yorker

OCTOBER 13, 2014
A Bombshell Document at the Vatican Synod
BY ALEXANDER STILLE

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The New Members of the Red Hat Society

8561201931_e1a4d5eeb6_zPope Francis will create 17 cardinals from 14 countries

on Nov 19, 2016 including 13 electors from 11 countries.

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Three of the electors are from the United States:

  •   Blase Cupich (Chicago),

  • Kevin Farrell (formerly of Dallas and now prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life)

  • and Joseph Tobin (Indianapolis).

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San Francisco cronies collude: Beware

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It is a dark and dreary time in the City by the Bay.

“Sal the Ultra Conservative” – not really Opus Dei – came to San Francisco and the city quaked.*

His reputation preceded him. The DUI in San Diego did nothing to enhance his image.

He made mistakes and stepped on more toes than a tap dancer on ice skates: Train Wreck.

His buddy over at Star of the Sea was equally alienating and not welcomed by the parish. After too many debacles – egregious errors He was asked to leave

What happened to Fr Illo? Did they  send him to Salinas? Gonzales? Eureka? 

No..he was embraced and welcomed at St Mary’s Cathedral by his old pal, Sal.

Sal and House of Cardinal Burke are great friends.

They are calling Catholic San Francisco Foggy Bottoms…and worse.

 

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“Cardinal BurkeIn recent months, critics have described him as an “ultraconservative fanatic,” “anti-Conciliar,” “in conspiracy against the Pope” and even ready for a schism should the upcoming family synod open up unwelcome changes.The criticism has been so defamatory that in Italy several bishops have even refused to host his lectures in their dioceses. Where he has been allowed to give a conference — as recently in some cities in the north of Italy — there are invariably priests who oppose him and accuse him of spreading propaganda against the Pope.”

  •   “Before coming to San Francisco, Cordileone was best known for helping to raise more than $1m to get California’s same-sex marriage ban on the ballot, while calling changes to the traditional institution of marriage between a man and a woman to be “the ultimate attack of the Evil One”.
    “…But the most recent complaints against Cordileone are about his push to increase “Catholic identity” in the four high schools directly under his control in the Bay Area.

After word started to spread in early 2015 that Cordileone planned to impose “morality clauses” on teachers, critics, including parents and students, formed an opposition group called #TeachAcceptance.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board and columnists have repeatedly castigated his position and hundreds turned out at rallies to condemn his actions. Despite that revolt against his leadership, Cordileone is undaunted in his push to recalibrate what Catholic education should be – or about giving his perceptions of what it means to be Catholic in a city that is known for its welcoming tolerance of just about any lifestyle other than overt conservatism….”

 

What is happening in Northern California?

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Ask Sal

 

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