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Viewpoint: Members of Red Clay-area churches to pray together for justice

January 16th, 2017 Posted in Our Diocese

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“Out to the periphery … where God is found today” — this expression from Pope Francis for me states the mission of the church here and now.

On a Sunday afternoon last May, I walked into a church on North Market Street to pay respects to the family of Amy Joyner-Francis, a sophomore who had died of a beating in school, by other girls. Grief numbed her family, seated in the front row; the many students and parents seemed stunned. It was “what should not happen in our community.” Read more »

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Members of Red Clay-area churches to pray together for justice

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“Out to the periphery … where God is found today” — this expression from Pope Francis for me states the mission of the church here and now.

On a Sunday afternoon last May, I walked into a church on North Market Street to pay respects to the family of Amy Joyner-Francis, a sophomore who had died of a beating in school, by other girls. Grief numbed her family, seated in the front row; the many students and parents seemed stunned. It was “what should not happen in our community.” Read more »

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Viewpoint: Oscar Romero: A blessed martyr

May 17th, 2015 Posted in Opinion, Uncategorized Tags:

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March 24, 1980: The news hit like a bomb. An archbishop had been shot dead at Mass: Oscar Romero of San Salvador in Central America. I was thunderstruck.

By 1980, this no longer happened even in Communist countries. They just imprisoned you.

I was a new pastor in a small parish, ordained 15 years, with time to read and think, especially about the direction of our Vatican II Church. Read more »

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