NEWS FROM THE U.S. CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS
Healing the Wounds in Human Sexuality and Marriage by Embracing God’s Vision for Love and Marriage — April 4-6, 2018:
On April 4, 5, 6 of 2018 the Catholic University of America’s School of Theology & Religious Studies will host a major academic conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s landmark encyclical: “Healing the Wounds in Human Sexuality and Marriage by Embracing God’s Vision for Love and Marriage: A Fiftieth Year Anniversary Symposium on Humanae Vitae (1968-2018).”
The symposium will feature presentations by experts from the sciences, social sciences, history, philosophy, and theology.
The event will be cosponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family and Youth, Marquette University’s College of Nursing, the Dominican House of Studies, and the John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family.
Convocation of Catholic Leaders – The Joy of the Gospel in AmericaFrom July 1-4, 2017 in Orlando, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) convened the Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America. This unprecedented gathering, led by the bishops of the United States brought together between 3,000-4,000 key leaders from dioceses, apostolates, and Catholic organizations from across the United States to assess the challenges and opportunities of our time, particularly in the context of the Church in the United States. The gathering will assemble Catholic leaders for a strategic conversation, under the leadership of the bishops, on forming missionary disciples to animate the Church and to engage the culture.
Our President, Diana Ruzicka, RN, MSN, MA, MA, CNS-BC, participated on the Health Care Panel – Catholic Health Care: Ministering to the Spiritual and Physical Needs of All People.” July 3, 2017, 11-12:30am (B18).
Synopsis: “Catholic health care offers a distinct ministry, following the example of Christ, the Great Physician. This session will discuss the unique role of Catholic health care, which cares for the physical as well as the spiritual needs of all people.” An objective of the panel group was that participants will understand the opportunities and responsibilities we all have to transform the culture of healthcare and will go forth from the session as missionary disciples bringing the Truth, that is Jesus Christ, to their practice. [Read the President of NACN-USA’s words]
Pray with Bishop Paprocki – Diocese of Springfield, Illinois
Church Teaching on the Reception of Holy Communion and Other Pastoral Issues
Bishop Paprocki has published a Decree outlining the Church teaching on the reception of Holy Communication. Please pray for him as he leads his flock to faithfulness and holiness. Decree regarding Same Sex “Marriage” and Other Pastoral Issues 6/12/2017
Pray with Bishop Slattery – Diocese of Tulsa
Countering with Prayer the Proposed Black Mass in Oklahoma City
A Satanic Black Mass has been scheduled for September 21 in Oklahoma City’s Civic Center. As part of Satanic worship, a Black Mass attempts to invert the action and meaning of the Eucharist in order to mock Christ’s sacrifice and worship Satan through an orgiastic ritual of pain and perversion. It blasphemes everything which we hold as sacred and redemptive; and the spiritual dangers it poses ought not be dismissed. Since the Civic Center has not responded positively to the pleas of the Archbishop of Oklahoma City not to host this event in a tax-payer supported public venue, Bishop Slattery is asking the faithful Catholics in the Diocese of Tulsa to fight this blasphemy through prayer and fasting. A novena of fasting & prayer was held the nine days prior to the Assumption. Should these prayers not effect the cancellation, he requested that every priest in the Diocese conduct a Eucharistic Holy Hour on September 21 at the same time (7:00pm) as the profanity in being celebrated in Oklahoma City. He also asked that Eucharistic Processions – especially outdoor processions – be arranged as part of these holy hours. NACN-USA members, let us join the faithful in the Diocese of Tulsa in prayer and Eucharistic Adoration. http://www.dioceseoftulsa.org/
Encountering Christ, United as Church, Sent by the Spirit
Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller consecrated the Archdiocese of San Antonio to the care of the Holy Spirit at the Vigil of Pentecost, June 7th at St. Rose of Lima Church at 7pm, and during the Erection of the Cross of the Apostolate 8am, Pentecost Sunday at the San Fernando Cathedral, 115 Main Plaza, San Antonio, Texas. Continue to join the archdiocese in prayer. http://www.archsa.org/documents/Holy_Spirit_Consecration_Statement.pdf
U.S. Bishops Stand Up for Nurses’ Rights of Conscience:
Never has been the right of nurses to exercise conscience and religious freedom in their health care ministry been at so great a risk, from nurses being told they must assist at abortion, to nurses losing their fulltime positions for refusing to administer abortifacient drugs. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has developed a large initiative to protect our rights as nurses, including information as to how to take action. For more information see: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/.
The U.S. bishops have provided many resources on the current issues of concern to Catholics throughout the country, including the HHS Mandate, Conscience Protection, & Religious Freedom. [ Read more ]
Conscience Protection & Religious Liberty at Stake
On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States of America ruled in support of the Affordable Care Act requiring the “individual mandate” to purchase a health plan which would include contraceptive and abortion funding. The NACN-USA firmly supports life and religious liberty as the primary values to be considered as Catholic health care professionals. We join the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Catholics and other religions across the country, in support of protecting our constitutional rights.
Links to Additional Information:
» Guidelines for Evaluating Reiki as an Alternative Therapy, March 25, 2009
Conclusion: 12. Since Reiki therapy is not compatible with either Christian teaching or scientific evidence, it would be inappropriate for Catholic institutions, such as Catholic health care facilities and retreat centers, or persons representing the Church, such as Catholic chaplains, to promote or to provide support for Reiki therapy.