By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service
ROME (CNS) -- There is absolutely no excuse for not implementing concrete measures to protect minors and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse, said Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston.
"Let there be no doubt about it: Pope Francis is thoroughly committed to rooting out the scourge of sex abuse in the church," he said, and "effectively making our church safe for all people demands our collaboration on all levels."
By Julie Asher
Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops in a pastoral reflection released March 22 called all Catholics to do what each of them can "to accompany migrants and refugees who seek a better life in the United States."
Titled "Living as a People of God in Unsettled Times," the reflection was issued "in solidarity with those who have been forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict or fear in their native lands," said a news release from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
By Donna Sue Berry
For the Sooner Catholic
When Our Lady came to Fatima, Portugal, in 1917, her mission to earth was the salvation of the souls of her children from hell, and to bring about a time of peace to the world. The message she brought to the three shepherd children is even more relevant today than ever before, and her core message is basic and summed up in three ways:
CRS collection March 26
WASHINGTON – The annual Catholic Relief Services collection will be held in most parishes on Laetare Sunday, March 26, with the theme, “Help Jesus in Disguise.”
“The needs of our world are great, and the effects of this collection are far-reaching,” said Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi of Mobile, Ala., chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on National Collections.
By Carole Brown
Director of New Evangelization
My first impression of Church was that it was a place that smelled good. I have vivid memories of the beauty of the stained glass that shimmered beams of warm light, the beautiful statues and flowers, and the smell of beeswax candles that delighted my nostrils when we went to Mass on Sunday.
I was not a perfect child – often enough my parents caught me underneath the pew, digging through someone’s purse to see if I could find any gum. But, I liked going to church.
By George Weigel
For Lent 2016, I adopted a new 40 Days discipline in addition to intensified prayer, daily almsgiving and letting my liver have its annual vacation: I quit sports talk radio, cold turkey.
This was not easy, as the purchase of a car with an XM radio years before had turned me into a reasonable facsimile of a sports talk radio addict. I’d listen to Steve Czaban when driving early in the morning, Dan Patrick when driving mid- to late-morning, Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon on my way home, and whatever-was-available-that-wasn’t Stephen A. Smith at other times.
Catholics across Oklahoma to gather at the state Capitol
Catholics from throughout Oklahoma are invited to join the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Tulsa for Catholic Advocacy Day at the state Capitol on Thursday, March 30, from 8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
To be held in the Capitol’s Blue Room, this annual event provides Catholic voters the opportunity to connect with lawmakers about proposed legislation that affects Oklahoma communities and those in need.
Saint Joseph and his fruitful rest
By Pedro A. Moreno, O.P.
Director, Office of Hispanic Ministry
Saint Joseph is a great example of a man of faith and great husband. Just think of it, Jesus got to choose his mother and step-father. Jesus chose the best!
Matthew 1, 19 says: “Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly.”
SHAWNEE – Saint Gregory’s University invites prospective students and their family members to experience Cavalier Day on Thursday, April 20, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in Benedictine Hall.
Students and their families can visit with current students, tour the historic campus, learn about student activities and campus life, attend a college class and meet current faculty and staff who can assist with the admissions process.
Each year, the Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma features students in their senior year of undergraduate study who have received Catholic foundation scholarships.