Category: Faith & Culture

Building Together

I watched as much as I could of both the RNC and the DNC, as they nominated their leaders. There were great speakers at both events, but I came away from the Donald Trump acceptance speech depressed and fearful. Trump offered hope, but only he was going to be able to deliver that hope. He was the man with all the answers, and it just didn’t feel right to me.

As I watched the DNC a Protestant Minister (Dr. William J. Barber) captured my attention. Who was he, and how come I had never heard of him? As he spoke he mentioned Dorothy Day. Now he really had my attention! And, s I did a little research, I discovered his work with Sr. Simone Campbell.

There is ample information on Dr. Barber, Dorthy Day, and Sr. Simone on google, so I invite you to do some googling.

What I really want to recommend to you is the speech by Dr. Barber, and a presentation by Sr. Simone Campbell. Both are inspiring and informative (in my opinion), as we struggle together to live our faith in today’s scary, and complicated world:

 

 

 

 

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Cardinal Collins and the New Health & Physical Education Program in Ontario

On Monday, February 23, 2015, the Ontario government released its revised Health & Physical Education curriculum. The Ministry of Education has indicated the curriculum will be implemented in schools across the province this September. Below is a statement from Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto and President of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario:“As Catholics, we understand that parents are the primary educators of their children, and that especially in the teaching of family life issues, the parental role is vital. For more than 30 years, Ontarios publicly funded Catholic schools have provided a family life curriculum consistent with our faith. The goal is to present a Catholic view of human life, sexuality‎, marriage and family, complementing the efforts of parents to teach their children at home. While Catholic schools have a responsibility to follow the curriculum set out by the Ministry of Education, they have always sought to do so in a way that conveys, respects and models Catholic Christian principles to our students. They will continue this tradition. A group of Catholic educators will produce resources that support Catholic teachers so that the new curriculum is implemented in a way that is consistent with our Catholic teachings and appropriate within the context of a Catholic classroom.”Since 1989, the Institute for Catholic Education (ICE) has coordinated the implementation of the family life curriculum in publicly funded Catholic schools. ICE will serve as the point of contact for further media inquiries.

via Archdiocese of Toronto.

ALL IN THE NAME OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

 

Just a thought.

“Oh, nonsense,” do I hear you saying? “Those things couldn’t possibly happen.”

I hope you’re right. I just want to remind you that people have been killed because they were Jewish, or black, or women — or gay. So why not again? Why not here? Why not, if it’s all legal?

New ‘religious’ group just as deadly as the ones that preceded it | National Catholic Reporter