Without renouncing prudence, we are called to recognize every sign and mobilize all our energy in order to remove the walls of division and to build bridges of fraternity everywhere in the world.
- Pope Francis in letter to International Conference of Catholic Theologians - July 2018
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Catholic Energies Project
The Catholic Climate Covenant, which is working hard to implement Laudato Si', has a unique program called the Catholic Energies Project. This project will help you learn how you can reduce your energy waste, save money and save the planet.
The Catholic Energies Project has 4 technical areas of focus:
- Energy Procurement - for those campuses in states with deregulation energy markets, we look for every opportunity to get you access to lower cost electricity and natural gas using Catholic Energies’ collective scale to get you the best price possible.
- Energy Efficiency - we primarily look to implement lighting, mechanical and controls projects that both drive down operating costs and improve the comfort and operations of your facilities.
- Renewable Energy - solar, geothermal, combined heat and power (CHP) - we help you identify not just the right source of renewable energy project for your campus, but provide you with customized, exclusive options to pay for these projects.
- Energy Storage - looking to go “off-the-grid”? Catholic Energies can help by helping your campus identify the right battery and storage technology.
Look into the Catholic Energies to lower your carbon footprint: www.catholicenergies.org
Solidarity with Migrants
An interfaith "Weekend of Solidarity with Migrants." was held July 20-22 in the Diocese of El Paso, Texas. Blessed Sacrament Fr. Robert Stark, of the Vatican's Migrants and Refugees Section, offered the keynote address at a July 21 "teach-in," which was titled "A Place at the Table: Faith, Migration and Interfaith leaders, alongside Catholic bishops, led a July 20th procession 900-strong through
downtown El Paso, ending in a candlelight vigil for the plight of migrants and refugees.
You can read more at NCR Online, July 31, 2018.
Death Penalty "Inadmissable"
On August 2, Catholic News Service reported that Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert "the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person." The Pope has commited the church to working toward abolition worldwide.
Cardinal Luis Ladaria, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said, "The new text, following in the footsteps of the teaching of John Paul II in 'Evangelium Vitae,' affirms that ending the life of a criminal as punishment for a crime is inadmissible because it attacks the dignity of the person, a dignity that is not lost even after having committed the most serious crimes."
NCR Online, August 2, 2018 has coverage of the news.
Pennsylvania Commission Report on Death Penalty
The Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Commission on Capital Punishment has issued a comprehensive report covering 17 issues surrounding the death penalty. After outlining numerous recommendations, the Commission concluded: "Because the severely punitive alternative of life imprisonment without parole is available, the subcommittee
on policy concludes that the death penalty is unnecessary, given the many objections to its use, the number of innocent persons wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death, and the effectiveness of the alternative."
You can access an NCR online article on this HERE.
The Initiative for Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University recently hosted a conference on “Though Many One: Overcoming Polarization through Catholic Social Thought,” The conference attempted to break across current divides within the Church and to take advantage of the momentum of Pope Francis' papacy to positively influence public life. The organizers emphasized Catholic Social Thought as a way to bring together a wounded and divided family. Speakers included Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Cardinal Blase Cupich, and Archbishop Jose Gomez.
You can access more information in an article published in Crux Now.
Voice of the Faithful Welcomes Increased Accountability & Promise of More Transparency
Quoted from VOTF: "As the Catholic clergy abuse scandal reaches a new level of intensity, particularly with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick's (credibly accused) and Archbishop Philip Wilson's (convicted) resignations, Voice of the Faithful, an organization of Catholics advocating for broader influence for lay voices in the Church, welcomes not only these actions, but also what they and other recent events mean for accountability and transparency in the future.
These two events follow a period that included in only a few months ..."
Click here to read the rest of VOTF's statement.
Trip to Rome, Assisi, Florence
Travel with AUSCP member David LaPlante to witness the canonizations of Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero
Dates: October 11-17 Cost: $3,399.00 (includes airfare)
Call Proximo Travel (855-842-8001) to register for Trip #651; or, register online at: www.proximotravel.com
Brochures with more details are available by contacting the AUSCP office: firstname.lastname@example.org
MARK YOUR CALENDAR...SAVE THE DATES!
The 8th ANNUAL AUSCP ASSEMBLY
St. Louis, Missouri: JUNE 24-27, 2019
God's Priestly People:
the Baptized & the Ordained
Richard Gaillardetz, Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, Boston College
Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of Rio Grande Valley
More to come.
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