St. Maximillian Mary Kolbe, Priest and Martyr

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As the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said in their document “Brothers and Sisters to Us,” in 1979:

St. Maximillian Kolbe

“Racism is a sin: a sin that divides the human family, blots out the image of God among specific members of that family, and violates the fundamental human dignity of those called to be children of the same Father. Racism is the sin that says some human beings are inherently superior and others essentially inferior because of races. It is the sin that makes racial characteristics the determining factor for the exercise of human rights. It mocks the words of Jesus: “Treat others the way you would have them treat you.” Indeed, racism is more than a disregard for the words of Jesus; it is a denial of the truth of the dignity of each human being revealed by the mystery of the Incarnation.”

From the Bishops – Unacceptable, Unconscionable

Revised Senate Health Care Reform Bill Still “Unacceptable,” Says U.S. Bishops Chairman

July 13, 2017

WASHINGTON—Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, reacted strongly to the revised Senate health reform bill, the “Better Care Reconciliation Act” (BCRA).

“The USCCB is reviewing carefully the health care bill introduced by Senate leadership earlier today. On an initial read, we do not see enough improvement to change our assessment that the proposal is unacceptable. We recognize the incremental improvement in funding the fight against opioid addiction, for instance, but more is needed to honor our moral obligation to our brothers and sisters living in poverty and to ensure that essential protections for the unborn remain in the bill.” Continue reading “From the Bishops – Unacceptable, Unconscionable”

2016 Flood Survivors

0Were you or someone you know affected by the 2016 floods? The Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program, launched by the Office of Community Development, is here to help homeowners repair and restore their damaged homes, or get reimbursed for work already completed. Take the first step – and encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to do the same – by completing a brief survey online at http://restore.la.gov or by phone at (866) 735-2001

School Supplies Drive

The Diocese of Lafayette Office of Justice and Peace has teamed up with Diaconate Candidates for the Permanent Diaconate to sponsor a School Supplies Drive to benefit children of our Diocese who parents are incarcerated. Your generosity will provide the means to accomplish our mission to be sensitive and generous to those most in need, especially the children who struggle with other special circumstances.  To take part, simply drop off school supplies at one of the Churches listed below:

· St. Bernard, Breaux Bridge; · St. Francis Assisi, Breaux Bridge; · St. John Berchmans, Cankton’’; · St. John the Baptist (Lyons Point), Crowley;  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Lafayette; · St. Aloyisius, Midland; · Immaculate Conception, Morse; · St. Anne, Youngsville; St. Genevieve, Lafayette

You can also drop off supplies at the Diocese of Lafayette Immaculata Center, 1408 Carmel Drive in Lafayette.  The deadline is July 16, 2017.  For more information or for a list of needed supplies, call Stephanie Bernard at 337-261-5545 or email sbernard@diolaf.org.

Bishops on the Budget

Budgets have moral implications, especially insofar as they may harm the poor and the vulnerable. Six members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have written a letter to Congress, raising ethical issues regarding the budgets being proposed in Washington, and particularly from the White House.  One passage reads as follows:

Our Conference has long supported the goal of reducing future unsustainable deficits that would harm all citizens, especially those who are poor. This goal can only be achieved through a comprehensive approach that requires shared sacrifice, including raising adequate revenues, eliminating unnecessary military and other spending, and addressing fairly the long-term costs of health insurance and retirement programs. A just framework for sound fiscal policy cannot rely almost exclusively on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor and vulnerable persons. Continue reading “Bishops on the Budget”

National Catholic Pledge

To End the Death Penalty

 “All Christians and people of good will are thus called today to fight not only for the abolition of the death penalty, whether legal or illegal, and in all its forms, but also in order to improve prison conditions, with respect for the human dignity of the people deprived of their freedom” – Pope Francis

Go here to sign the pledge.

“The number of persons from death row who have been exonerated shows how easy it is for our society to be wrong. One estimate (from the Catholic Mobilizing Network) puts the number at 158 exonerations since 1973. We’ve had so-called ye-witnesses, who are absolutely sure a man committed a crime—until DNA evidence proves them wrong. They weren’t liars. They just remembered wrong, something we all do all the time, though in less serious matters. Sadly, “Oops, we made a mistake. Sorry,” is pretty inadequate in this instance and cannot undo a mistaken execution.”
From the USCCB Media Blog