Monthly Archives: October 2012

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In the strict sense of the word “vocation”, God summons some with the duty of serving in politics. It’s an ugly, atrocious, exhaustive path filled with vipers, but that is because there is so much that can be done with … Continue reading

DC Professor on Leave after Signing Pro-Traditional Marriage Petition

Last month, Britain’s online Pink News reported on Archbishop Tomasi’s speech to the United Nations in Geneva that addressed a growing trend of discrimination against those who oppose gay marriage. This opposition to free speech and religious freedom became more than theoretical in the heart of America’s capital last week after a professor was removed from her position.

Headshot of Professor McCaskill who was placed on leave after signing a petition supporting pro-traditional marriage.

Gallaudet University placed Professor Angela McCaskill on leave after she signed a pro-traditional marriage petition at her church concerning a vote that will take place in Maryland next month. University officials asked her to apologize, and when she refused, she was placed on leave. A spokesman said that members of the community were concerned about how the expression of her views may affect her performance in the classroom (Washington Post).

 

Welcome to the Year of Faith

The obelisk dominated by a cross represents a time of early Christianity when the Roman Empire was the leading power in civilization. Now, we are in very different times and the Church responds to that with charitable guidance and a renewed celebration of the same faith.

Welcome to the Year of Faith! Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican Council II, a council that sought to respond to the modern world by demonstrating that the faith and the Word of God is for every human.

The obelisk dominated by a cross in front of the Cathedral Giovanni Laterano, the most important location in the Catholic Church because it is the Pope’s Cathedral, represents a time of early Christianity when the Roman Empire was the leading power in civilization. Now, we are in very different times and the Church responds to that with charitable guidance and a renewed celebration of the same faith

The Church in the modern world is instructed to take careful care of its flock, with particular care for everyone as an individual. The pastoral constitution Gaudium et Spes, Latin for Joy and Hope, reminds us of the importance of our exhaustive duties of charity as Christians and lays out our duties. Here are some of the document’s highlights:

Science is good Remember that the Catholic Church, despite some scars in the scientific community, developed the higher education system and even the Big Bang Theory. “Man judges rightly that by his intellect he surpasses the material universe, for he shares in the light of the divine mind.” The Church teaches that legitimate science is done in accord with nature and can be used to advance society for the comfort of man, and not for selfish intentions. Our inclinations towards advancement indicate that we are always looking for a higher truth, which ultimately leads us to God.

Good economic policies are tempered by a desire to appreciate human dignity The Church recognizes that we’re at a point of development in the world that history has never seen before. In complimenting the complexity of the human mind, the Church advocates the principle of subsidiarity which means that decisions should be made at the most local level they can competently be decided at. Furthermore, Gaudium et Spes lauds economic freedom, but warns there is a responsibility to ensure growth is done responsibility and with the principle of charity.

Christian charity is not “superfluous” Charity is not a word that merely describes an action or an organization. It literally means “love.” Christians are called to serve others, and to freely give to those in need; however, we are not called to give just our pocket change. We are actually supposed to give in sacrifice which in turn is a beautiful way of taking a small share in Christ’s victory over the poverty of death.

Politics is noble The Church is “at once a sign and a safeguard of the transcendent character of the human person.” The Church and the State are separate, but that does not mean the Church is absent from advocacy. In fact, the document calls politics a “noble art” in which competent individuals should use their political skills to advocate with charity and “without regard for their own interests”

A.M.D.G.

60th Annual Red Mass for the US Supreme Court

Cardinal Wuerl can be seen on stage at the Red Mass brunch, sponsored by the John Carroll Society, congratulating this year’s recipients of various justice themed awards.

On the eve of the new Supreme Court session, Cardinal Wuerl warmly hosted 1,500 guests at the Cathedral of St. Matthew in Washington, including six of the nine Supreme Court Justices. Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Breyer, and Obama appointee Justice Elena Kagan who all voted in favor of the health care ruling were among the congregation. Other guests included many Ambassadors, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli of Virginia, former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, and Military Archdiocese Archbishop Timothy Broglio who delivered the homily.

The theme centered on our responsibility to seek justice. In the homily, Archbishop Broglio very eloquently warned that the undoing of morality and institutions which support society is dangerous,

“I am reminded of my first year as a seminarian in Rome. An important 19th Century Justice Department building was closed because it was unsafe. It seemed to be sinking into the ground. Yet the Colosseum, Pantheon, and the ruins of the Roman Forum were all still standing and could be visited. It was a good reminder that not everything contemporary is good and that stable foundations are essential. Our society must also rest on stable, clear foundations. Otherwise, we run the risk of sinking into the mire of one popular sound byte after another!”

After Mass, Cardinal Wuerl and Monsignor Vaghi(Chaplain of the John Caroll Society) spoke to the guests about the mission of the New Evangelization. “It is a simple formula”, said Cardinal Wuerl. First it begins with our own internal conversion, then truly coming to the conviction that our beliefs are true, and finally sharing it with others. Wuerl shared a short story about a local college chaplain who evangelized by dramatically telling his young congregation, “I am appointing you all Apostles! Go home today and next Sunday your assignment is to bring someone back with you.” Slowly, it worked. And the congregation has grown from less than 50 students to over 300. This formula is simple, but sharing the faith is the profound responsibility of each Christian. The Good News is too good to be kept a secret.

A.M.D.G.