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Justice and Mercy Meet in Tribunal Ministry

I am a Sister of Mercy whose primary ministry is working to do Justice for those who come to the Tribunal seeking decisions about their marriage situations. Sometimes friends ask me if that feels like a contradiction. For me it is not. Twenty years ago Bishop Moeddel and I offered evenings with the Bishop for those separated from the Church over marriage issues. One man told me about his situation which turned out to be a simple case (Catholic married without required canonical form) handled in a few weeks. That man later called sounding very …

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Dismas: A Journey of Forgiveness

The only place I felt forgiven was in the Catholic church. The individual who expressed this sentiment is a convicted felon, a young man who served time and has continued to serve time through the seemingly never-ending punishments meted out by society after the door closes behind you on the way out of prison. I didn’t know much about returning citizens until three years ago when I joined a task force of Advocate for Justice, the Archdiocesan Social Action Collaborative. So often when we speak of the criminal justice system, we speak in terms of …

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Christ at the Center: Home Edition

October 20, 2013: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Gospel: Luke 18:1-18 Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said, “There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, ‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’ For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, ‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, …

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Let Justice Roll

But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! Amos 5:24 Over the past few months, I’ve been working with office directors and a committee of people to plan an event that would celebrate and honor the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.  On that historic day over 250,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to stand against injustice, hatred and bigotry.  On that day, they heard Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., deliver his iconic “I Have A Dream Speech.” All of my children were born at least 20 …

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Solidarity Revisted

“Pope Francis denounces corruption and a culture of selfishness and individualism, while calling for a culture of solidarity.” With these words, Catholic News Service summed up Pope Francis’ visit to one of Rio de Janeiro’s notorious slums, Varginha, where the pope reminded the people:  “You are not alone.” To understand the full meaning of the pope’s words requires a sense of what John Paul II did. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, John Paul II supported the solidarity movement in his homeland of Poland. Solidarity was the first independent labor union that broke free …

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The Big Picture

Even though we are part of a universal church, our outlook is usually local simply because that is our most direct experience of Catholicism. We experience the parochial more than the universal Church. Taking the effort to expand our horizon is well worth the effort, as I realized anew last week at the Social Action Summer Institute at Bellarmine College in Louisville. Because the Social Action Summer Institute took place in Kentucky, there were many participants from the Midwest. But I also met people from New York, Florida, Arizona and Oregon. The presenters were largely …

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