“Isn’t this the son of Joseph?”
I have just received a pamphlet from the Open Door Community, an ecumenical Christian community in Atlanta that feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, accompanies death row prisoners, and fights the structures of social sin in the example of a Catholic Worker house of hospitality. This pamphlet is by an activist named Eduard Loring and titled The Cry of the Poor: Cracking White Male Supremacy--An Incendiary and Militant Proposal. Good reading not only for Black History Month but for every day of the year and for a lifetime of discipleship following the poor and humble crucified Christ.
You can go here to read the February issue of The Caperone.
The archbishop of Los Angeles, Jose Gomez, has relieved Cardinal Roger Mahony, archbishop emeritus (1985-2011) of his administrative and public duties and accepted the resignation of Bishop Thomas Curry, administrator of the Santa Barbara region of the archdiocese, for their responsibility in covering up the sinful and criminal activities of priests who abused children and young people. Our fraternity prays for the survivors of abuse and feels anger, regret, and sorrow over the irresponsible decisions our church leaders made that shielded priests from accountability before the civil authorities and failed to protect children. There is more I would like to say, and I will, but I want to choose my words carefully so that they come from a place of love, not vengeance. Reconciliation and healing, not violence, must be our aim.
Christ, be our light, and help us to do your will, especially for the most poor and vulnerable in our church and society.
Working in the garden this morning and planning the March issue of the newsletter this afternoon.
Temperate and very acceptable.