In this issue:
'Every March, the Church marks the feasts of St. Patrick and St. Joseph, two saints who were not only personally friends of the Lord but who played roles of utmost importance in the life of the Church. This March, this particular Church of Chicago marks the ordination of three new auxiliary bishops, priests who are constantly striving, as are we all, to be friends of the Lord and who will be playing a role of significant importance in the life of the Church.'
By, of, for
who?: An old joke goes like this: Two things you dont want to watch being made are sausage and law. Read Observations.
There are often misunderstandings in the way the church is governed, especially when such governance is compared with our everyday experience. Archdiocesan experts in the Code of Canon Law explain how - and why - church law developed and how it functions.
Feb. 16 Defining authority and structure in the church
Feb. 2 A trial for a crime in the courts of the church
Jan. 19 The church conducts trials?
Jan. 5 Sacraments and the rights of the faithful
Dec. 22 The churchs listing of rights and duties for everyone
Dec. 8 Guiding the gifts of the Spirit
||Issue of March 16, 2003
three new bishops
Rooted in justice
When Auxiliary Bishops Gustavo Garcia-Siller, Francis J. Kane and Thomas J. Paprocki are ordained at Holy Name Cathedral, social justice advocates will have good friends in high places.
All three of the new bishops have worked extensively on justice issues, particularly in the area of immigrant rights. One, Bishop Francis J. Kane, was the archdioceses first director for its Office for the Ministry of Peace and Justice.
Francis J. Kane
In a colorful and richly traditional ceremony March 19, Father Francis Kane will be ordained a bishop and follow in the footsteps of the apostles. Not bad for a man who wasnt even sure he had a vocation to the priesthood.
I didnt always want to be a priest, Bishop Kane said. I toyed with the idea in my youth and it kind of grew in me. By my ordination, I realized what an awesome gift [from God] it was to be a priest.
Thomas J. Paprocki
The priesthood is something Bishop-designate Thomas Paprocki was interested in from an early age.
I used to play Mass as a child, he said. At age 8 he was pastor of the fictional Sacred Heart parish located in the family dining room where he would say Mass for his siblings and neighborhood friends. I even made vestments for him out of old dish towels, recalled his mother, Veronica Paprocki. He played Mass every day.
As a boy, Auxiliary Bishop-designate Gustavo Garcia-Siller imagined that Chicago must be just across the border with his native Mexico.
After all, Chicago was the U.S. destination of choice for people from his home city of San Luis Potosi.
People would always talk about going to see their cousin or their uncle in Chicago, said Bishop Garcia-Siller, visiting the archdiocese in February to make preparations for his move here. It wasnt until I got older that I learned Chicago is far from Mexico.
New bishops coats of arms reflect history, future
As troops prepare for war, pope calls for peace
Sends Vatican envoy to make case to Bush
As the church began Lent with special prayers and fasting for peace, Pope John Paul II sent an envoy to convince President George W. Bush that the Iraqi crisis should be resolved without war.
By all accounts, however, Cardinal Pio Laghis meeting with Bush March 5 did not change anyones mind.
Archbishop of military asks
Catholics to pray for no war
The best thing American Catholics can do to support the men and women in the armed forces is pray for peace, said Archbishop Edwin OBrien of the Archdiocese for the Military Services of the United States.
The only way were going to get away without a war at this point is to pray, said Archbishop OBrien, as he prepared for a March 14 visit to St. Barnabas Parish on the South Side for the annual St. Patricks Day Family Liturgy. Thats the first step. I think all our troops would benefit by not going to war.
Annual Catholic Appeal begins;
funds vital ministries
When parishioners are asked to give to the Annual Catholic Appeal this year, archdiocesan officials are hoping to raise $7.5 million for efforts that do everything from help fund parishes and schools in disadvantaged neighborhoods to paying for prison and campus ministries.
The 2003 campaign will kick off with a collection of donations and pledge cards from the pews during Masses the weekend of March 15-16.
Pro-life and other protesters hail vote
Supreme Court backs Scheidler against NOW
Fresh from a resounding victory in the U.S. Supreme Court, Chicago-based pro-life activist Joe Scheidler is predicting a renaissance in anti-abortion activism.
The courts 8-1 ruling that protesters who sought to shut down abortion clinics could not be sued under the federal anti-racketeering law will make people who oppose abortion less afraid to aggressively share their views, said Scheidler.