Catholic News Briefs

Some interesting items from Catholic Newspapers around the United States for the week of July 14, 2014:

Vatican to support help for ‘humanitarian emergency’ of child immigrants

The Vatican’s secretary of state pledged full support for addressing the issue of child migrants streaming out Central America in search of safety and family reunification in the United States.

Pope Francis, meanwhile, described the situation a “humanitarian emergency” and called for the international community to act. Read more . . .

Diocese of Baton Rouge issues statement about Appeals Court decision on Confession

By matter of policy, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge does not normally comment on
pending legal cases, especially when the plaintiff files the case under seal. The Church respects the request
for sealing of the record and will not make statements. However, in the instant case, even though the district
court record is under seal, the opinion issued by the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Baton Rouge
and the Writ opinion by the Supreme Court of Louisiana are not under seal.

Since those two opinions are public record and the media has contacted the Church for comment,
we provide this statement of the position of the Catholic Church and Fr. Jeff Bayhi. Download

Testimony of El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz on Unaccompanied Minors

I am Bishop Mark Seitz, bishop of the diocese of El Paso, Texas. I testify today on behalf of the Committee on Migration to give the Catholic Church’s perspective about the humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied child migrants arriving at the US-Mexico Border.

I would like to thank Chairman Robert Goodlatte (R-VA), Ranking Member John Conyers Jr. (D-MI), Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC), and Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and other committee members for the opportunity to comment on the current situation. I note that the protection of migrant children is an especially important issue for the Catholic Church, as one of Jesus’ first experiences as an infant was to flee for his life from King Herod with his family to Egypt. Indeed, Jesus Himself was a child migrant fleeing violence. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were asylum-seekers and faced the same choice as the one facing thousands of children fleeing to the United States each year.

Knights of Columbus Pledge $1.4 Million for Special Olympics

BY CNA/EWTN NEWS July 15, 2014

The Knights of Columbus have pledged $1.4 million for next year’s Special Olympics World Games, helping to cover participating athletes’ expenses for the Los Angeles event.

“Our support exemplifies our commitment to the dignity of every person, our dedication to assisting with our neighbors’ needs, whatever they may be, and our deep appreciation for the great work done by Special Olympics,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said in Los Angeles July 14.  Read more . . .

In search of solitude, nuns move to the country

When the Capuchin Poor Clare sisters arrived in Denver from a monastery in Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico in 1988, they settled in the Highlands neighborhood northwest of downtown, then a relatively quiet area. At Our Lady of Light Monastery at 3325 Pecos St., the cloistered nuns carried out their private life of prayer, fraternity and poverty.

Over the last several years, redevelopment of the Central Platte Valley has led to rapid growth in the Highlands. That, combined with the draw of historically interesting architecture, has made it one of the city’s “it” places to live: now overflowing with condos, lofts, restaurants, bars and shops—and no longer quiet.  Read more . . .