Making Sense of Bioethics: Destroying my freedom – in the name of freedom?

By Fr. Tad Pacholczyk

In an August 2015 column in The Washington Post, George F. Will argued in favor of physician-assisted suicide, summing up his perspective this way: “There is nobility in … affirming at the end the distinctive human dignity of autonomous choice.”

His conclusion, however, raises several important questions: Shouldn’t death-dealing actions directed against ourselves be seen as a deep repudiation of our autonomy, insofar as suicide eliminates our personal freedom once and for all? If our ability to freely make choices is among the highest of our human faculties, isn’t it a radical contradiction to mount an attack on that autonomy through suicidal acts? Isn’t there a certain absurdity to marshaling our freedom to obliterate our freedom?


New museum tells the story of the Bible -- chapter and verse

By Mark Pattison
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Hey, Smithsonian, there's a new kid on the block.

It's the Museum of the Bible, just a few blocks from the National Mall in Washington. With its opening to the public Nov. 18, it will tell visitors how the Bible -- both Old Testament and New Testament -- has intersected society and at times even transformed it.


Priest's stole, stored in rectory, was indirect gift from Blessed Rother

By Andrew Ehrkamp
Catholic News Service

EDMONTON, Alberta (CNS) -- It's a simple stole, given as a gift and kept for years in the rectory of an Edmonton church, but it has a story rich in detail.

The long piece of cloth with vivid Mayan images was handcrafted more than four decades ago by villagers in Guatemala. It was given as a gift by Blessed Stanley Rother, a U.S.-born missionary who was martyred in Guatemala in 1981.


Archbishop Coakley ordains “ministers of Jesus Christ”

Twenty-two men from more than 20 parishes and missions were ordained into the permanent diaconate on Nov. 3 for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. It is one of the largest classes of deacons in the history of the diocese.


Oklahoma Catholic Foundation awards 2017 education grants

The Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma awards grants each year in support of education-related projects to parishes, schools and religious education programs throughout the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

In addition to program materials, many grant requests focus on computers and technology as a means of engaging more students in the education process.


Thanksgiving community dinners feed Oklahomans spiritually, physically

By Eliana Tedrow
The Sooner Catholic

“O God, grant that whatever good things I have, I may share generously with those who have not, and whatever good things I do not have, I may request humbly from those who do.” – St. Thomas Aquinas

During this time of year, parishes around the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City are preparing to offer Thanksgiving dinners to embrace their communities and offer a warm meal and fellowship.


Oklahoma’s Kate Barnard: Catholic champion for American Indian orphans

November is American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

By Dana Attocknie
The Sooner Catholic

Kate Barnard felt a calling from God to help people, no matter the cost.
Born to Irish-Catholic parents on May 23, 1875, in Geneva, Neb., Catherine Ann “Kate” Barnard was eventually brought to Oklahoma by her father when she was 12. Her mother had died when Barnard was an infant. Barnard attended, and would later teach, at Saint Joseph parochial school in downtown Oklahoma City.

She devoted her adult life to seeking and obtaining justice for other people. She tackled child labor laws, unemployment, work hours and conditions, compulsory education, prison reform, mental health issues, and business and industry regulations.


Oklahoma City deacon receives Bar Association award

Deacon San Nguyen of Oklahoma City received the Liberty Bell Award from the Oklahoma Bar Association at its 113th annual meeting Nov. 1-3 in Tulsa.

Deacon Nguyen, who immigrated to the United States from Vietnam in 1975, received the award for assisting members of the Vietnamese community and others in obtaining legal representation. He earned a law degree in Vietnam and a master’s degree at Oklahoma City University.

“I thank God for blessing me in many ways in which I cannot repay Him,” Deacon Nguyen said.


U.S. bishops urge true debate on gun violence

WASHINGTON – In the aftermath of the recent and horrific attacks in Las Vegas and the First Baptist Church of Southerland Springs, Texas, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Fla., chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, urged national leaders to engage in a true debate about solutions to gun violence.


Sr. Barbara Joseph's pantry asks everyone to show mercy

Sister Barbara Joseph's Food Pantry has established a project called, Call to Mercy, that teaches Catholic school students about the Corporal Works of Mercy.

Project staff works with each school to promote and teach the Corporal Works of Mercy in a way that engages students. The project is sponsored by the Carmelite Sisters of Saint Therese and is funded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.