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WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops offered “prayerful support and steadfast solidarity” to the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints in the face of attacks on the church and its members for working to pass California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage.

The support was offered in a November 21 letter from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, chairman of the bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage, to Thomas S. Monson, president of the Mormon Church. The letter follows.

Dear President Monson,

On behalf of the members of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I am writing to express prayerful support and steadfast solidarity with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members in view of recent events.

We have watched with great distress in recent weeks as some members of society have reacted intemperately, and sometimes even violently, to the decision of the voters in support of Proposition 8 in California. We have been especially troubled by the reports of explicit and direct targeting of your church personnel and facilities as the objects of hostility and abuse. We pray that prudence and healing may prevail.

The members of the Committee offer you our profound gratitude for your role in the broad alliance of faith communities and other people of good will who joined together to protect marriage, while at the same time, witnessing to the honor and respect due to every human person created in the image and likeness of God.

Fraternally yours in Christ,

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz
Archbishop of Louisville

Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage

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Being that I am a big Beatles’ fan I found this article very interesting!

Vatican newspaper: Beatles’ music better than today’s pop songsBy John Thavis
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican newspaper said the musical compositions of the Beatles were far more creative than the “standardized and stereotyped” pop music of today.

The Beatles’ songs have demonstrated “remarkable staying power, becoming a source of inspiration for more than one generation of pop musicians,” it said.

The newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, published a lengthy and laudatory retrospective on the Beatles Nov. 22 to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of the “White Album,” the group’s groundbreaking double-record set.

“Forty years later, this album remains a type of magical musical anthology: 30 songs you can go through and listen to at will, certain of finding some pearls that even today remain unparalleled,” it said.

With rock songs like “Back in the U.S.S.R.” and “Helter Skelter,” ballads like “Julia” and “Blackbird,” and dreamlike pieces like “Dear Prudence,” the album represents the “creative summit” of the Beatles’ career, it said.

What characterized the “White Album” and the Beatles best music in general was an inventiveness that stands in stark contrast with popular music today, the newspaper said.

“Record products today seem mostly standardized and stereotyped, far from the creativity of the Beatles,” it said. The modern pop music industry is too willing to sacrifice originality and fantasy in order to satisfy the consumer models it has adopted and promoted, it said.

The newspaper also recalled that the Beatles were recording with rudimentary tools compared to those used by the high-tech recording industry today. Even so, “a listening experience like that offered by the Beatles is truly rare,” it said.

As for John Lennon’s famous quip in 1966 that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, the Vatican newspaper dismissed it as youthful bragging.

“The phrase that provoked profound indignation, especially in the United States, after so many years sounds merely like the boast of a working-class English youth faced with unexpected success,” it said.

As some of you may know I am involved in the Cursillo® Movement here in San Antonio.   We had a Leaders Workshop this past weekend and I purchased the latest “Leader’s Manual” of the Cursillo® Movement.  I lived my Cursillo® in 1983 when I was 17years old,  my parents were also part of the Cursillo®.  I was a part of what was known at the time as the Young adult Cursillo®  Movement in San Antonio, which was an outreach to young people by then Archbishop Patrick Flores, he was also a big supporter of the Cursillo®.  We had to end the Young Adult Movement when the National Cursillo® decided that the “Young Adult” Cursillo® was not being “authentic”, although I think it has more to do with copyright infringement of the word Cursillo®, lol but as cursillistas say “Ultreya!”- “Onward!”.  As I read the Cursillo® literature, I found some great information and look forward to working with the English Cursillo® Movement in San Antonio. As the closing line of our Leaders prayer states .  St Paul, patron saint of Cursillo®, pray for us. 

As I guess you can  tell, the “®” was quite distracting to me!  It is peppered all over the Leader’s Manual. ¡De Colores!®


Today is the feast of Mother Cabrini

Click here for a novena asking for the intercession of 3 US saints Mother Cabrini, St. Elizabeth Seton and St. John Neumann.


FOCA Would Wipe Away Every Restriction on Abortion Nationwide

This would eradicate state and federal laws that the majority of Americans support, such as:

  • Bans on Partial Birth Abortion
  • Requirements that women be given information about the risks of getting an abortion
  • Only licensed physicians can perform abortions
  • Parents must be informed and give consent to their minor daughter’s abortion

FOCA would erase these laws and prevent states from enacting similar protective measures in the future.