In Pennsylvania's

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Federal/International Concerns (5/24/17 update)

Human Life Action 

Pa Catholic Conference

USCCB

    • PLEASE NOTE: "'That the American Health Care Act limits Medicaid funds to entities that don’t kill people is entirely appropriate, not to mention a step that’s long overdue,' said Father Frank Pavone, national president of Priests for Life.  'Sending hundreds of millions of dollars a year to an organization that dismembers 320,000 unborn babies a year adds up to a travesty of justice,' he added. 'The Senate should approve the defunding legislation as soon as possible and send it to the president’s desk. The scam of using public money to prop up abortion businesses needs to be terminated" (Catholic Herald, 5/6/17)

  http://www.un.org/Depts/Cartographic/map/profile/mideastr.pdf
 
"Israelis should not have to live in fear of Hamas' indiscriminate rocket attacks on civilian areas. At the same time, Palestinians should not have to live in fear for their lives from air and ground attacks or to suffer the humiliations of occupation....In August 2015, Israel's Supreme Court granted approval for the building of a separation barrier through the pristine Cremisan Valley. The Cremisan Valley lies in the West Bank on the Palestinian side of the Green Line, adjacent to Beit Jala and Bethlehem. The separation barrier through the Cremisan Valley will have devastating effects for the local community, confiscating Palestinian agricultural and recreational lands of over 50 Christian families. This threatens the livelihoods of the remaining Christian community of Bethlehem....The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has long supported a two-state solution, secure and recognized Israel living in peace alongside a viable and independent Palestinian state. USCCB asks you to urge Congress to press Israeli authorities to stop the work on the Separation Wall in the Cremisan Valley."

  •   Support the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act: Contact your Representative and Senators today! 
    "The Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act (CWPIA) protects the religious liberties of child welfare service providers, including adoption and foster care agencies.  The Act would prohibit the federal government and any state that receives certain federal funding from discriminating against child welfare service providers on the basis that they decline to provide a child welfare service that conflicts with their sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions....women and men who want to place their children for adoption should be free to choose from a diversity of adoption agencies, including those that share the parents' religious beliefs and moral convictions.  The Inclusion Act recognizes and respects this parental choice.  The Inclusion Act has been introduced in both the House (H.R. 1881) and the Senate (S. 811)."

USCCB's Catholics Confront Global Poverty 

We can ensure safety for refugees, including those from Syria, as well as their host communities.  As our noble efforts at assistance must not be hijacked, this blogger believes that our communications MUST specifically state that contraceptives/abortifacients MUST be excluded from "assistance."

USCCB's Justice for Immigrants

  • Action Alert to DHS: Extend TPS for Haitians
    PLEASE NOTE: "The Trump administration’s decision to allow 50,000 Haitian earthquake victims to remain in the United States prompted gratitude from the U.S. bishops’ conference, which stressed the need for continued work to aid Haitians here and in their home country.  'While this extension is helpful, it still leaves many Haitian families in the United States in an insecure and vulnerable position, particularly with respect to ensuring legal work authorization,' Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ migration committee, said May 23.  The Department of Homeland Security’s decision extended the Obama administration’s protections for Haitians who had arrived in the U.S. within a year of the massive 2010 earthquake. They may remain with work authorizations until January 2018....Temporary protected status may be provided to citizens of countries that are suffering from severe violence, disease and natural disasters. At present countries designated for that status include Sudan, Somalia, Syria, El Salvador, Nepal, and Yemen, Reuters reports" (CNA/EWTN, 5/23/17)
  • Voice Your Support for Vulnerable Immigrants and Refugees
  • Please Support the BRIDGE ACT and DACA Youth
  • In Solidarity with Refugees

Making a Pilgrimage in Defense of Marriage


"March for Marriage 2017 Saturday, June 17th - 11:00 AM in Washington D.C."


As per Archbishop Chaput, "The Church understands marriage as a unique relationship, with a unique definition. It’s a faithful covenant between one man and one woman for life. By its very nature, marriage is ordered not only to companionship and mutual support, but also – and even more fundamentally – to the procreation and education of children. This is why every child deserves a family where the father loves the mother, and the mother loves the father. For anyone to attempt to redefine marriage or the family as something else undermines that goal. Thus it’s vital that the Church keep working to defend the integrity of marriage. For this reason, I support the Marriage March that will take place in Washington, D.C., on June 17, 2017. For more information, please contact the Office for Life and Family [link added] or visit https://www.marriagemarch.org/."

After the first (2013) and second (2014) Marches for Marriage, there was great hope that this event would be growing, as part of a renewed appreciation for marriage/family.  Attendance at last year's event was very small and at least somewhat attributable to late scheduling and there being no transportation coordination from the Archdiocese (as there had been in other years).

Unfortunately, the Archdiocese will NOT be coordinating transportation to and from D.C. for the June 17 (11 am) March.

https://www.rome2rio.com/s/Philadelphia/Washington

https://us.megabus.com/JourneyResults.aspx?originCode=127&destinationCode=142&outboundDepartureDate=6%2f17%2f2017&inboundDepartureDate=6%2f17%2f2017&passengerCount=1&transportType=0&concessionCount=0&nusCount=0&outboundWheelchairSeated=0&outboundOtherDisabilityCount=0&inboundWheelchairSeated=0&inboundOtherDisabilityCount=0&outboundPcaCount=0&inboundPcaCount=0&promotionCode=&withReturn=1


On the right side of the home page is a link to email the White House and the Pa Delegation in D.C. on federal/international matters, as well as a link to email the Bucks County Delegation in Harrisburg on state matters.









Tuesday, May 23, 2017

US bishops welcome Trump administration's reprieve for Haitian migrants (CNA/EWTN, 5/23/17)

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/us-bishops-welcome-trump-administrations-reprieve-for-haitian-migrants-78128/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20catholicnewsagency/dailynews%20%28CNA%20Daily%20News%29&utm_term=daily%20news

FW: Follow-up on violations at Harrisburg abortion center [Pa Pro Life Federation, 5/23/17]


From: Maria
Sent: ‎5/‎23/‎2017 4:38 PM
To: gallagher@paprolife.org
Subject: Follow-up on violations at Harrisburg abortion center

Dear Pro-Life Leaders,

 

ABC 27 News devoted part of its reporter roundtable podcast this week to the revelations about health and safety violations at the Hillcrest abortion facility in Harrisburg. The reporters also reference the Kermit Gosnell case, which ushered in a new era of inspections at Pennsylvania abortion facilities. The segment about abortion facilities begins about 14 minutes into the podcast and lasts around ten minutes. Here is the link that will take you to the page where you can listen to the podcast: http://abc27.com/2017/05/23/is-the-traditional-school-structure-hurting-your-family/ .

 

We will be giving you updates about the situation at Hillcrest as they become available.

 

Best regards,

 

Maria V. Gallagher

Legislative Director

Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

www.paprolife.org

717-541-0034

 

Deadly terror attack in Manchester, England (Vatican Radio, 5/23/17)

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/05/23/deadly_terror_attack_in_manchester,_england/1314087

U.S. extends Temporary Protected Status for Haitians for six months (CNS, 5/22/17)

http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2017/us-extends-temporary-protected-status-for-haitians-for-six-months.cfm

Monday, May 22, 2017

Spanish church desecrated (CWN, 5/17/17)

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=31601

Aleppo consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima (CWN, 5/17/17)

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=31602

Commission prods President Trump on international religious freedom (CWN, 5/22/17)

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=31622

St Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine (5/19/17)

Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter (May 22, St. Rita of Cascia)

"Saint Rita of Cascia (Born Margherita Lotti 1381 - May 22, 1457)....is remembered for her Christian values as a model wife and mother who made efforts to convert her husband from his abusive behavior. Upon the murder of her husband by another feuding family, she sought to dissuade her sons from revenge before their calamitous death. She subsequently joined an Augustinian community of religious sisters....Her body, which has remained incorrupt over the centuries, is venerated today in the shrine at Cascia, which bears her name" (Wikepedia).

Around St Rita's Shrine in beautiful Cascia in 2012:







Sunday, May 21, 2017

"March for Marriage 2017 / Saturday, June 17th - 11:00 AM in Washington D.C."

 "March for Marriage 2017 Saturday, June 17th - 11:00 AM in Washington D.C."


As per Archbishop Chaput, "The Church understands marriage as a unique relationship, with a unique definition. It’s a faithful covenant between one man and one woman for life. By its very nature, marriage is ordered not only to companionship and mutual support, but also – and even more fundamentally – to the procreation and education of children. This is why every child deserves a family where the father loves the mother, and the mother loves the father. For anyone to attempt to redefine marriage or the family as something else undermines that goal. Thus it’s vital that the Church keep working to defend the integrity of marriage. For this reason, I support the Marriage March that will take place in Washington, D.C., on June 17, 2017. For more information, please contact the Office for Life and Family [link added] or visit https://www.marriagemarch.org/."

After the first (2013) and second (2014) Marches for Marriage, there was great hope that this event would be growing, as part of a renewed appreciation for marriage/family.  Attendance at last year's event was very small and at least somewhat attributable to late scheduling and there being no transportation coordination from the Archdiocese (as there had been in other years).


Please be certain to contact the Office for Life and Family, stressing the need for the Archdiocese to coordinate transportation:  
Steve Bozza, director
Phone: 215-587-5661
Email: sbozza@archphila.org
Mary Cullinan, program coordinator
Phone: 215-587-0500
Email: mcullinan@archphila.org


March for Marriage 2016 (6/25/16)

Young man from Heritage Foundation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbEpru3DYYI?autoplay=1

Archbishop Broglio
https://www.youtube.com/embed/gO2WZOLKYg0?autoplay=1


 March for Marriage 2015 (4/25/15)

"My friends, it's 1963 in the fight for marriage. And it is time we march.

"I can't promise you that we will have a historic speech like Dr. King's 'I have a dream' speech, nor can I promise you 250,000 people will come to Washington, but I can promise you this: we will march for a true and just cause, for the civil right of Americans to enjoy the benefits of natural marriage, the union of one man and one woman, the foundation of society and the cradle of civilization.

"And I can also promise that this year's march could be as important to the cause of marriage as the 1963 March on Washington was to the cause of civil rights....

"The March for Marriage is set for Saturday, April 25th which is within days of when the Supreme Court is expected to hear oral argument on the cases before them that will decide the legal status of marriage.

"This case could prove to be the Roe of marriage, or it could be a great win for us....

"Now is not the time to be timid or dissuaded by the doubters; now is the time to stand and be counted, and to march!....

"make plans to come to DC to join us on April 25th. Perhaps you can organize a busload of people from church to join you….

"It's my dream that you will stand with us at this critical hour, and that with God's help we will make a difference and help preserve marriage for our nation, and for future generations" (Brian Brown, National Organization for Marriage).

 

March for Marriage 2014

 

March for Marriage 2013






On the right side of the home page is a link to email the White House and the Pa Delegation in D.C. on federal/international matters, as well as a link to email the Bucks County Delegation in Harrisburg on state matters.


http://faithfulinthe8th.blogspot.com/2017/05/ascension-thursday-spot-believe-to-be.html

"....you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (from the 1st reading for Ascension Thursday)


Being His Witnesses to the Ends of the Earth: 


On the right side of the home page is a link to email the White House and the Pa Delegation in D.C. on federal/international matters, as well as a link to email the Bucks County Delegation in Harrisburg on state matters.

  • Scenes from a [March for] Marriage (6/25/16)
    While the annual March for Marriage seemed to be growing in its 2nd year, last year's attendance was a big disappointment.  Much of this was certainly attributable to its last minute scheduling.  Though our Archdiocese had been among the extremely few coordinating transportation in other years, it did not do so last year.  Round trip on Amtrak was in excess of $200....




http://faithfulinthe8th.blogspot.com/2017/05/ascension-thursday-spot-believe-to-be.html

Ascension Thursday & the Spot Believe to be Where Christ Ascended

The Chapel of the Ascension




Citing a then recent incident, our Holy Land guide indicated on 3/16/17 that we would be unable to visit the Chapel of the Ascension.  As per the Vatican News site,
"On Wednesday, March 8th, the chapel of the Ascension, located at the top of the Mount of Olives, was damaged by a voluntary fire. According to the media of the Custody of the Holy Land, in all likelihood, a car tire may have been laid and burnt on the revered rock - kept inside the chapel - where, according to a tradition dating from the early centuries of Christianity, Jesus ascended to heaven. The cabinet containing the postcards and religious items sold by a Muslim family, was also damaged.  According to police, the incident may be related to a dispute between two families linked to the holy place. One person was allegedly arrested for questioning.

"The Chapel of the Ascension is one of the four shared holy places that depend on the Statu Quo. The status quo governs how the churches share the use, it's [sic] space and time of use. Of the four holy places, this chapel is the only one under the jurisdiction of the Waqf, that is the Muslim authority of the holy places.The present chapel dates from the Crusaders period. It was built in the place of a previous church destroyed in 614 by the Persians. 

"The holy place is also frequented by Muslims" (http://www.news.va/en/news/asiaholy-land-the-chapel-of-the-ascension-on-the-t).
A 3/16/17 look toward that area on the Mount of Olives, where the Ascension is believed to have taken place:


Saturday, May 20, 2017

FW: USCCB/Justice for Immigrants Action Alert: Urge DHS to Extend TPS for Haiti


From: jfi
Sent: ‎5/‎19/‎2017 9:51 AM
Subject: USCCB/Justice for Immigrants Action Alert: Urge DHS to Extend TPS for Haiti



 

 

JFI Action Alert: Urge DHS to Extend TPS for Haiti

 

Justice for Immigrants Partners and Colleagues:

 

Over 58,000 Haitians are at risk of having their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) terminated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). TPS allows these individuals to temporarily remain in the United States and support themselves legally while Haiti is being rebuilt. Haiti is still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew, which struck in October 2016 and is said to be the nation's largest humanitarian emergency since the 2010 earthquake. Additionally, Haiti is plagued with a severe cholera epidemic and food shortages. 

 

Unfortunately, there are reports that certain high-level government officials are recommending that TPS be terminated for Haitians.

 

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) strongly opposes this the termination of TPS for Haiti.  We joined with our Catholic partners to send a letter to DHS Secretary Kelly urging him to extend TPS for Haitians. Read the letter here.

 

Secretary Kelly also needs to hear from you and your fellow parishioners. Please see this action alert (seen below) to voice your support for our Haitian community members.

 

Take action by sending the following message to DHS Secretary Kelly: 

Dear Secretary Kelly: 
I write as a concerned Catholic to urge you to extend the designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional 18 months. 


Due to Haiti's cholera epidemic, food insecurity, and ongoing recovery from natural disasters, Haitians cannot be safely returned to Haiti at this time. Returning the thousands who have received TPS to Haiti could contribute to destabilizing the small nation and could potentially bring harm to those returned. 

I believe our nation has a moral responsibility to provide continued temporary protection until Haitians' return and reintegration can be safely accomplished. As a Catholic, I work to advance the common good and treat my neighbor how I would want to be treated. Consequently, I ask you to extend TPS and offer our Haitian community members the protection they need. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Thank you for your help!

 

The JFI Team

 

 

3211 Fourth Street, NE Washington, DC 20017

Phone: (202) 541-3064 Fax: (202) 722-8711

 

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