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Got a partial indulgence today venerating the ring of Bishop Daniel Turley! #Catholic #magisterium #churchmilitant (at Our Mother of Good Counsel)
Please pray for Bishop Daniel and the people of his diocese in Chulucanas, Peru. He has spent his entire priesthood in service of the people there and has been bishop for 17 years. He is an incredibly humble and holy man. We were very blessed to have him as our speaker at our province retreat!
My Catholic followers should definitely go to @EphremHipHop’s page and congratulate him on his ordination to the priesthood!
Just got a blessing from FATHER Mark :)
I’m on mitre duty at @EphremHipHop’s ordination today!
Please pray for (soon to be) Augustinian priests Mark and Fernando :)
@EphremHipHop is being ordained a priest TOMORROW
Also, I’ll be on retreat during the week with my brothers at our school in Ojai. It’s more of a social thing than a retreat thing. It’ll be great fun.
Please pray for us and for @EphremHipHop and Dcn. Fernando who will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday.
I found this case interesting for quite a few reasons, namely that it was a legal/political and Catholic issue. I oppose this ruling for several reasons, but I also oppose the diocese’s actions in firing this employee in the manner that it did.
From a legal perspective, this woman signed a contract promising to live by a certain ethical code of conduct. She violated the contract. She is punished for violating the contract. She sues employer and wins because she violated the contract.
Up is down, down is up.
In our world of fantasy law, she contended that because she was not a “ministerial employee” she should not have been subject to the contract and was thus wrongly fired. This is wrong for several reasons:
1) Institutions should be able to decide who to hire
2) No one forced this employee to sign a contract agreeing to live by these rules. If she doesn’t want to keep up her end of the contract, she should get a job elsewhere.
3) This ministerial/non ministerial distinction is irrelevant because of the above.
In any case, because we live under a system of fantasy law, she won in court despite her violation of the contract. On the flip side, this case is a warning to the Santorum type people in Catholic institutions who dealt with this situation rashly and thus exposed themselves to this lawsuit. Many employees in schools are hired through yearly contracts, could the archdiocese simply have not renewed her contract rather than firing her? Could she have been terminated in some other manner? Was the Church well served in the way this employee was terminated?
Just some things to think about. Interesting case.
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In our Augustinian household under the patronage of St. Rita, we got to celebrate her feast as a Solemnity today :)
People who dislike the new translation of the Mass because it uses big words are the same people who tend to listen to NPR and BBC… What?
Things just aren’t going so well for me. If you wouldn’t mind, I could use some prayer, please.
Life just isn’t good...
Businesses don't pay taxes
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Anonymous asked: I doubt Zimmerman bloodied his own nose and caused lacerations to the back of his own head. That kid probably got mad bc Zimmerman was following him. That's no excuse to attack him. I believe in self-defense. If you attack someone who has a gun and you wind up shot, that's your fault. I remember in Houston, this guy took a tip jar with about $20 in it and ran off. The owner of that taco stand shot the guy in the back (he died) and it was deemed self-defense (of property). That's justice to me.
I’m not denying Zimmerman’s own injuries. But in no account but Zimmerman’s did Trayvon attack or aggressively incite him before Zimmerman started...
Icebreaker question from today's meeting
If you could change anything in the world what would it be?
Some kid: Poverty.
Me: Chipotle would deliver.
Letter to a newly ordained priest
My diocese, the Diocese of Sacramento, just ordained eight men to the priesthood! One of them is my good friend....