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Bob Wright's New ArticlesTo Be or Not To Be a Priest or Nun
A Tale of Two Churches
Number of diocesan priests in parish ministry could decrease to 80 over next five years
In a presentation to the diocesan Council of Priests at its Sept. 17 meeting, Secretary for Clergy Msgr. Gerald Gobitas analyzed the current deployment of the 127 diocesan priests in active ministry and then projected forward over a five-year period. Read the full article in the AD Times
Stand up for life
Stand up for life. Join the prolifers every Tuesday from 9:00 to 10:00 AM in front of Planned Parenthood at 4th & Franklin in Reading. They pray the rosary at 9:30. If that time is inconvenient, join the King's Men who go to 7 AM Mass Tuesdays at Holy Rosary, 3rd & Franklin, and pray the rosary afterwards at PP. The King's Men finish at 7:45.
Letter to Editor - Reading Eagle
I read that one of President Barack Obama's high priorities in his second administration will be assigning gay rights a prominent place in the wider struggle for equality for all ("our 'possibilities are limitless,' Reading Eagle, Jan.22)
If only our president had a similar compassion for the more than 1 million babies who die by abortion in our nation every year.
Instead of being a president for all Americans, he has turned his back on these innocent, vulnerable Americans who never will get a chance to draw their first breaths.-Joseph Iezzi
Letter of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, to the Carmelite Nuns of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires (June 22, 2010)
I write this letter to each one of you in the four Monasteries of Buenos Aires. The Argentine people must face, in the next few weeks, a situation whose result may gravely harm the family. It is the bill on matrimony of persons of the same sex.
The identity of the family, and its survival, are in jeopardy here: father, mother, and children. The life of so many children who will be discriminated beforehand due to the lack of human maturity that God willed them to have with a father and a mother is in jeopardy. A clear rejection of the law of God, engraved in our hearts, is in jeopardy.
I recall words of Saint Therese when she speaks of the infirmity of her childhood. She says that the envy of the Devil tried to extort her family after her older sister joined the Carmel. Here, the envy of the Devil, through which sin entered the world, is also present, and deceitfully intends to destroy the image of God: man and woman, who receive the mandate to grow, multiply, and conquer the earth. Let us not be naive: it is not a simple political struggle; it is an intention [which is] destructive of the plan of God. It is not a mere legislative project (this is a mere instrument), but rather a "move" of the father of lies who wishes to confuse and deceive the children of God.
Jesus tells us that, in order to defend us from this lying accuser, he will send us the Spirit of Truth. Today, the Nation [patria], before this situation, needs the special assistance of the Holy Ghost that may place the light of Truth amid the shadows of error; it needs this Advocate who may defend us from the enchantment of so many sophisms with which this bill is being justified, and which confuse and deceive even people of good will.
That is why I turn to you and ask from you prayer and sacrifice, the two invincible weapons which Saint Therese confessed to have. Cry out to the Lord that he may send his Spirit to the Senators who are to place their votes. That they may not do it moved by error or by circumstantial matters, but rather according to what the natural law and the law of God tell them. Pray for them, for their families; that the Lord may visit, strengthen, and console them. Pray that they may do great good for the Nation.
This bill will be discussed in the Senate after July 13. Let us look towards Saint Joseph, to Mary, the Child, and let us ask with fervor that they will defend the Argentine family in this moment. Let us recall what God himself told his people in a time of great anguish: "this war is not yours, but God's". That they may succour, defend, and accompany us in this war of God.
Thank you for what you will do in this struggle for the Nation. And, please, I beg you, pray for me also. May Jesus bless you, and may the Blessed Virgin protect you.
Card. Jorge Mario Bergoglio s.j., Archbishop of Buenos Aires
Contact From Victorin Oussoi
Hello dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I would like to seize this opportunity of seasons greetings to wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May the grace of our infant king, Jesus the Christ, rest upon each and everyone of you and all your dear ones. May He fills you the sevenfold gifts of the Spirit of God as you constantly strive for vocational awareness of God's plan in young men and women's lives.
Victorin Oussoi, SVD