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BISHOP DEFENDS ACTIVISTS

The seven Catholic peacemakers who entered a naval base to symbolically dismantle nuclear weapons armed submarines acted from the primacy of conscience rooted in their faith, the bishop of Jackson, Mississippi, told a Georgia court November 7.

Testifying as an expert witness on behalf of the Kings Bay Plowshare activists, Bishop Joseph Kipacz said their actions were consistent with long-standing Catholic teaching about the sinfulness of nuclear weapons.

The defendants are seeking to have federal charges to conspiracy, trespassing and destruction and depredation of property dismissed under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. They have argued in court filings that their action is protected under the law.

April 4, the seven entered the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, home to Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarines, and placed crime scene tape and spilled blood at different locales while posting an "indictment" charging the military with crimes against peace, citing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Kopacz cited the U.S. Catholic bishops' 1983 pastoral letter on peace and nuclear weapons, "The Challenge of Peace: God's Promise and Our Response."

BISHOPS' STATEMENT ON CLIMATE

The heads of six continental bishops’ conferences have signed a rare joint statement urging political leaders to solve climate change.

The bishops’ call is clear:

"We call for ambitious and immediate action to be taken in order to tackle and overcome the devastating effects of the climate crisis. These actions need to be taken by the international community at all levels: by persons, communities, cities, regions, nations."

The bishops’ statement is aimed at world leaders who are preparing for a UN climate summit in Poland this December.

We invite you to take three minutes today to share the statement with your pastor or another leader in your community. We’re all in this crisis together, and we’re all called to respond with the clarity and urgency the bishops have demonstrated.

  • The statement is here.
  • The bishops say that “there is no time to waste.” I invite you to set aside a few minutes today to share this statement with your pastor or another leader.

From the Global Catholic Climate Movement

 

STAND WITH THE ADORERS AGAINST THE PIPELINE ON THEIR PROPERTY

Over the years, we at SISTERS ONLINE have followed the case of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, a congregation of Catholic sisters, who are working against Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to stop a gas pipeline from crossing their property. The county is fighting for seizure of the sisters land to build the pipeline.

Now the sisters are appealing their case to the Supreme Court because they believe the forcible seizure of their land to build the pipeline in Lancaster County violates their religious freedom rights. Their Land Ethic states "we believe the earth is sacred, and it is our duty as stewards of our land to use it in honorable ways."

Please pray for a just decison in the case. The sisters legal counsel will offer remarks and answer any questions on the steps of the Court that morning.

For more information about the pipeline and some history of this case over the years, log on to:

http://www.adorers.org/pipeline

You can also call Sister Sara Dwyer, ASC on her cell phone at 314-616-7316 or e-mail her at dwyers@adorers.org

Thanks for your support and your prayers. Please post this announcement on your bulletin boards and send to your networks. Thank you!

SHOULD WOMEN BECOME PRIESTS?

Univision asked 12,038 Catholics in 12 countries if women should be allowed to join the priesthood. Here, a sample of how many responded positively:

83%--France
78%--Spain
59%--United States
35%--Mexico
21%--Philippines

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--Pope Francis encouraged women attending a baptism ceremony in the Sistine Chapel to "breast-feed, without fear" inside the church. The Pontiff previously aired his support for public breast-feeding in 2013

--In a papal decree, Pope Francis established legal procedures to remove bishops who mishandle sex-abuse cases. Critics have long argued that bishops shuffle priests accused of abuse to different parishes rather than reporting them to the police.

--Pope Francis called on U.S. priests to devote more time to their parishioners' spiritual needs. But 20% of U.S. parishes no longer have a priest in residence. For each U.S. priest, there are 2,600 parishioners. (FiveThirtyEight.com)

--45% of U.S. Catholics attend Mass at least once a week. 19% attend monthly, and 35% say they attend less often or never. (The Washington Post/ABC News)