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SCALABRINIANOS
Outubro 2019
WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops called for steps to protect the lives of the most vulnerable, provide fairness for immigrants and guarantee conscience protections for individual and institutions in a statement on health care reform issued May 21.

The statement was offered by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities; Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre, New York, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice, Peace and Human Development, and Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Immigration.

“Following enactment of the health care reform legislation, our challenge remains formidable but in some ways is simpler,” the bishops said. “Since the battle over the bill is over, the defects can be judged soberly in their own right, and solutions can be advanced in Congress while retaining what is good in the new law.  Indeed, any failure to do so would only leave these genuine problems as ammunition for those who prefer total repeal of the law.” 

The bishops said the current situation “provides a new opportunity for the Catholic community to come together in defense of human life, rights of conscience and fairness to immigrants so we will have a health care system that truly respects the life, dignity, health and consciences of all.”

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irma-dorothy-stangCinco anos passaram desde aquele fatídico sábado em que Rayfran e Clodoaldo, empregados de Tato, cruzaram o caminho da Irmã Dorothy, não para cumprimentá-la, mas para executar o sinistro plano, há tempo concebido pelo consórcio do crime, e cumprir o nefasto papel de matar a Irmã que dedicou toda a sua vida aos pobres. 

Os pobres de hoje não são apenas uns explorados e oprimidos. São excluídos, expulsos da sociedade e da terra por serem considerados "supérfluos" (cf. DAp 65). Irmã Dorothy fez a opção de sua vida exatamente por essas pessoas, por essas famílias "sem eira nem beira", desprezadas e maltratadas, sem perspectivas num mundo em que perderam sua pátria. 

Foi aos pobres, que Deus assegurou seu amor incondicional e preferencial. As palavras do profeta Jeremias calaram fundo no coração de Dorothy: "Ponde em prática a justiça e o direito, livrai o oprimido das mãos do opressor, nunca prejudiqueis ou exploreis o migrante, o órfão e a viúva nem jamais derrameis sangue inocente no país" (Jer 22,3).

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Recalling a recent meeting with victims of sex abuse by clergy, Pope Benedict XVI reiterated his promise that the church was doing everything it could to end abuse.

 During his April 17-18 trip to Malta, "I wanted to meet with some people -- victims of abuse by some members of clergy," the pope told about 15,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for his general audience April 21.

The pope privately met April 18 with eight men who had been abused as minors by priests. "I shared in their suffering and, with emotion, I prayed with them, assuring action on behalf of the church," he said at the general audience.

According to a Vatican statement released immediately after the pope's 20-minute meeting with victims at the apostolic nunciature in Rabat, Malta, the pope was "deeply moved by their stories and expressed his shame and sorrow over what victims and their families have suffered."

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73273a78ba5d1479c0391fd4a342-grandeWASHINGTON (CNS) -- Senate ratification of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty is a moral imperative and a necessary step toward the eventual goal of total nuclear disarmament, Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien of Baltimore said.

Speaking during an April 26 panel discussion on the ethics of President Barack Obama's nuclear weapons policy hosted by The Catholic University of America, Archbishop O'Brien urged senators to cast aside partisan differences and approve the START agreement, which calls for what he described as "modest reductions" in American and Russian nuclear arsenals.

Signed April 8 in Prague, Czech Republic, by Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the START "follow-on" treaty calls for both countries to reduce their strategic arsenals -- weapons deployed on long-range missiles, bombers and submarines -- to 1,550 each. Under the previous START pact, which expired in December, both countries reduced their strategic arsenals to 2,200 weapons each.

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WASHINGTON—Students who attend Catholic high schools are more likely to graduate and attend college than students attending other schools, according to The Annual Statistical Report on Schools, Enrollment and Staffing , United States Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools 2009-2010, a report recently released by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).

imagesWASHINGTON— In solidarity with the Catholic bishops of Arizona, Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration, issued a statement April 27, opposing the enactment and implementation of Arizona SB 1070, which criminalizes undocumented immigrants.

“This new law, although limited to the State of Arizona, could have impact throughout the nation, in terms of how members of our immigrant communities are both perceived and treated,” Bishop Wester said in the statement. “SB 1070 gives law enforcement officials powers to detain and arrest individuals based on a very low legal standard, possibly leading to the profiling of individuals based upon their appearance, manner of speaking, or ethnicity.”

 Bishop Wester called SB 1070 “symptomatic of the absence of federal leadership on the issue of immigration” and called for “the Administration and Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to enact comprehensive immigration reform as soon as possible.”
Full text of the statement follows.

Statement of Most Reverend John C. WesterBishop of Salt Lake City, UtahChairman, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on MigrationApril 27, 2010 

faithfulactionOn behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), I join with the Catholic bishops of Arizona in strongly opposing the enactment and implementation of Arizona SB 1070.  This new law, although limited to the State of Arizona, could have impact throughout the nation, in terms of how members of our immigrant communities are both perceived and treated.

SB 1070 gives law enforcement officials powers to detain and arrest individuals based on a very low legal standard, possibly leading to the profiling of individuals based upon their appearance, manner of speaking, or ethnicity.  It could lead to the wrongful questioning and arrest of U.S. citizens and permanent residents as well as the division of families—parents from children and husbands from wives.  It certainly would lead to the rise in fear and distrust in immigrant communities, undermining the relationships between their members and law enforcement officials.

SB 1070 is symptomatic of the absence of federal leadership on the issue of immigration.  For years now, the U.S. Catholic bishops have called upon Congress and two Administrations to enact meaningful and just comprehensive immigration reform.  While many of our federal elected officials have made good faith efforts to pass reform, too many still view the issue through a political lens, using it to gain political or partisan advantage. This gamesmanship must stop.  

Our national leaders must educate the American public on the need for reform and show courage in making it happen. Until immigration reform is passed, other States will attempt to create and enforce immigration law, with harsh and ineffective consequences. The U.S. Catholic bishops stand in solidarity with the bishops of Arizona in opposing this draconian law. We call upon the Administration to review its impact on civil rights and liberties.  We renew our call for the Administration and Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to enact comprehensive immigration reform as soon as possible. 
Recentemente foi publicado no website independente www.wikileaks.com, um vídeo que mostra as forças americanas atirando indiscriminadamente contra civis iraquianos. O vídeo a seguir é um trecho do programa Democracy NOW!, onde o co-fundador do WikiLeaks, Julian Assange é entrevistado logo após o exército americano ter confirmado a autenticidade do vídeo.



Para nós católicos, não basta apenas saber a verdade, devemos construir uma nova realidade. Devemos nos educar  sobre o assunto e promover debates em nossas comunidades para ajudar a transformar a violência em PAZ - sem calar , seguindo o exemplo de Jesus.

Conheçam o grupo Catholics Confront Global Povertry (Católicos Confrontam a Pobreza Global).  Clique aqui para aprender mais sobre o assunto e assinar a petição promovida por católicos do mundo todo pela paz no oriente médio.

DEPOIS DE NEGAR ENVOLVIMENTO, O EXÉRCITO AMERICANO ADMITE TER ASSASSINADO 2 MULHERES AFEGANS GRÁVIDAS E UM ADOLESCENTE



Clique aqui para se informar e saber como assinar uma petição pela paz no oriente médio.
WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America has made a $280,000 grant to support a mobile chapels project in Chile. This grant will provide 20 temporary chapels to earthquake-affected dioceses in Chile.
           
February’s earthquake severely impacted Chilean parishes. Nearly one million Catholics there cannot worship in their home parishes. The creation of these chapels will provide worship space to several parishes immediately and give them time to develop long term plans for reconstruction. Fifteen additional chapels will be provided by Aid to the Church in Need, an international Catholic charity under the guidance of the Holy Father.


“Quando se apontam ‘defeitos’ na Igreja, ou nos seus membros, é porque se esperam dela e de cada um de seus membros comportamentos e atitudes que deixem claros e perceptíveis os altos valores e ideais que ela prega e nos quais ela crê. E isso também nos foi recomendado pelo próprio Jesus: ‘brilhe a vossa luz diante dos homens, para que eles, vendo vossas boas obras, glorifiquem o Pai que está nos céus (Mt, 5, 16)’. “Isso é missão e tarefa de todos nós”, completou o cardeal”.

“Pena que se prefere lançar todos os faróis sobre os males e fraquezas existentes na Igreja. Toda pessoa bem intencionada sabe que não é assim. É preciso distinguir, e não lançar indevidamente os comportamentos reprováveis de alguns membros da Igreja a toda a Igreja. Tenho a impressão, infelizmente, que também existe uma ação orquestrada para, de modo forçado, responsabilizar pessoalmente o papa por todos os males. É injusto, lamentável e causa muita dor”.

:: Father Gerry Creedon, Pastor of St. Charles Borromeo in Arlington, VA é entrevistado por Annabel Park for 9500Liberty e fala sobre a necessidade da reforma imigratória e do respeito pelos direitos humanos. As leis humanas devem ser revistas pela perspectivas dos direitos humanos.



:: Freira Mary McCauley da St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Postville, Iowa, fala sobre os esforços da igreja para ajudar as familias que sofreram batidas da imigração um ano atrás, e pede a imediata reforma das leis de imigração nos Estados Unidos.



::Ensinamento cristão e politica de imigração
Trecho de Donald Kerwin's fala sobre politicas de imigração e ensinamento católico no Woodstock Forum entitulado "Honoring Human Dignity and the Common Good: A Catholic Approach to Immigration.



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