USCCB Welcomes Relief for Immigrant Families
In a statement issued Thursday, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S., auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration, welcomed President Obama’s decision to defer deportations for many undocumented immigrants and their families.
Even though the bishops applauded the effort to keep families together, they also reaffirmed their call for both the President and the U.S. Congress must work together for permanent reforms.
Texas Bishops Featured at USCCB Fall General Assembly
The bishops of Texas played prominent roles in the 2014 Fall General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on November 10 – 13, in Baltimore. Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S. of San Antonio was selected as chairman-elect of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church. The man he is succeeding in that post, Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville, delivered a stirring presentation on underserved communities and Catholic schools. In addition to the committee chair elections and discussions, the bishops also approved several liturgical items and endorsed the sainthood cause of Father Paul Wattson.
Texas Catholic Conference Touts Tax Credits Before Senate Committee
While the 84th Texas Legislature does not open until January 13, 2015, the Texas Catholic Conference got an early start in promoting the public policy agenda of the Texas Bishops.
Education will be a top issues of the upcoming Texas Legislature and the Senate Public Education Committee scheduled the last of its hearings on interim charges before the new session starts.
Jennifer Carr Allmon, TCC associate director, testified before the committee on the Bishops’ support for school choice tax credits to provide equal educational choices for low-income families.
Catholic Church Ready to Kickoff a Year of Consecrated Life
Pope Francis has called on the Catholic Church to celebrate a Year of Consecrated Life (YCL) throughout the world, beginning on the First Sunday of Advent, November 30, 2014. It will close on the World Day of Consecrated Life on February 2, 2016. The purpose of the YCL, as stated by the Vatican is to “make a grateful remembrance of the recent past,” while embracing “the future with hope.”
Fall Sparks Activities for Texas Catholic Youth and Young Adults
The cooler fall temperatures have given rise to more activities for Catholic youth and young adult ministries across the Lone Star State. These activities offer attendees a much-needed spiritual break from the busyness of their active lifestyles. From the Piney Woods to the River Walk, young Catholics and the ministers who serve them are able to deepen their faith through a vibrant combination of dynamic presentations, social media, music, and sacred liturgy.
Bishops Seek Protection for Foreign and Domestic Programs to Aid Poor
In a letter to the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) urged for a metaphorical “circle of protection” to be placed around appropriations for U.S. programs serving the poor and vulnerable both at home and abroad.
The letter, signed by Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, pressed the newly elected Congress “to protect poor and vulnerable people, promote human life and dignity, and advance the common good.”
A Thanksgiving Blessing
By Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller
"A happy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday."
With the following words, President Abraham Lincoln established the fourth Thursday of November as a day of thanksgiving and a national holiday: “I do therefore invite my fellow citizens … to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens...
The Church, the State, and the Shifting Dynamics of Public Secularity
By Bishop Daniel Flores
We speak about the common good in a culture where our interlockers in public policy are engaged in a race to come to consensus about the popular good. The popular good and the common good are two different notions. Democratic and Republican governments since Plato and Aristotle have been recognized as forms of public order that work well when they work well, but very badly when they work badly.