Issue of June 17, 2012 – June 30, 2012 The following items are condensed. For the complete articles, please read the print edition of The Catholic New World. To subscribe, call (312) 534-7777.
Sisters, priests matchup:
Father Antoni Sokolowski, a missionary priest visiting Chicago, tips the ball over the net during a friendly volleyball match against the Missionary Sisters of Christ the King in Stone Park June 10. The sisters defeated the Polish Jesuit Fathers of Chicago in the volleyball game, which is a part of an annual picnic organized by the Polish Jesuits. Karen Callaway/Catholic New World
Fortnight for Freedom
The U.S. bishops are sponsoring the Fortnight for Freedom, a special period of prayer, study, catechesis and public action proclaimed for June 21 to July 4, between the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, to focus attention on and pray for the preservation of religious liberty in the United States.
For information and resources, visit www.archchicago.org.
In addition, parishioners will find cards in the pews during both weekends of the fortnight asking them to sign up for the Illinois Catholic Advocacy Network. The cards ask for email and home addresses. Home addresses will be used to determine in which legislative and congressional districts each participant lives. Participants then will receive email alerts on topics of interest to the Catholic Conference of Illinois with a request that they contact their legislators.
For information, visit www.ilcatholic. org.
Chicago native and 1974 Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School graduate Christine Kancewick professed her first vows as a Medical Mission Sister at a Mass at the Medical Mission Sisters' North American Headquarters in Philadelphia.
Kancewick received her bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Marquette University in Milwaukee. She received her master's in pastoral studies from Loyola University in 1983. She also studied spiritual direction at the Claret Center in Chicago's Hyde Park, neighborhood.
Before entering the Medical Mission Sisters in 2009, Kancewick was director of adult faith formation at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Naperville.
The Medical Mission Sisters is an international religious community of women committed to a mission of healing in areas of need throughout the world.
Papal butler could face six years in prison
Vatican City — Paolo Gabriele, the papal assistant, has been accused of aggravated theft, a crime that under Vatican laws is punishable with a prison term of 1 to 6 years, a Vatican judge said.
Paolo Papanti-Pelletier, the judge, said under the terms of the Vatican's 1929 treaty with Italy, a person found guilty and sentenced to jail time by a Vatican court would serve his term in an Italian prison.
Vatican warns against errors in Mercy nun's 2006 book on sexual ethics
The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith warned June 4 that Mercy Sister Margaret Farley's 2006 book, "Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics," contains "erroneous propositions" on homosexual acts, same-sex marriage, masturbation and remarriage after divorce that could cause confusion and "grave harm to the faithful."
Archbishop: Campaign not meant to 'throw' election
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Catholic Church's challenges to the federal government's contraceptive mandate under the health care law is not an attempt to "throw" the presidential election in favor of one candidate or against another, said the chairman of the bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Freedom.
Speaking with members of the Catholic Press Association in a conference call June 6, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori said the bishops' campaign emerged because of the federal government's attempt to force religious organizations to pay for health services that violate fundamental religious principles.