The Synod on the Family and Procedures of Charity

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By J.D. FLYNN | There is probably no newspaper in the world that did not over-cover the early meetings of the Holy See’s Synod of Bishops on the Family.

The coverage revealed a deeply contentious conversation going on in Rome. Still, though, the… (1)

Pregnancy Centers, Not Politics, the Future of the Pro-Life Movement

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By MATT HADRO/ CNA | FRONT ROYAL, Virginia — Amid the chilling dark chaos of a woman’s unwanted and unexpected pregnancy, a group of pro-life Catholics try to be a light to both the mother and the unborn child.

Their mission is in an unassuming… (1)

Take A Deep Breath. Ahhhhh. Now, Watch This.

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Preschool Teacher – John Paul II Regional School (Stratford, NJ)

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John Paul II Regional School (Stratford, NJ)

Preschool 4 position available immdeiately. Candidate should have background in early childhood. (1)

(2014-10-19) What God Has Joined Together

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Sermon titled “What God Has Joined Together” given on Sunday October 19, 2014. Size: 12.4 MB; duration: 35:59. (1)

Receptionist – Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (Royal Oak, MI)

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Clerical/Administrative, PT Employee
Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (Royal Oak, MI)

Department: Behavioral Health

Type of Position: Part Time

Work Availability: Tuesday and Thursdays from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Education Requirements: High School Diploma

Experience Requirements: Two years of receptionist/office work experience required.

Special Requirements: Works well with the public, good customer service skills, basic computer skills – Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Unicentric scheduler, etc., basic telephone and office equipment skills.

Job Duties: Answer front desk phones, check clients in for appointments, return and/or route phone calls, schedule intake appointments for therapists, make copies of forms and documents, enter payments for appointments, etc. (1)

School Security Personnel – Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School (Dumfries, VA)

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Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School (Dumfries, VA)

Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School is seeking school security personnel candidates to provide a safe environment for our students to both learn and grow in their faith.

Job Responsibilities Include:
Ability to assess and maintain the safety and security of the school building and ground. Ability to communicate and collaborate with staff and faculty members. Ability to administer first aid and to respond to emergency situations. Ability to provide security at after-school/weekend functions such as athletic games, school plays, etc. as needed.

General Work Hours:
2 – 10 pm; Monday – Friday

The school, the newest high school in the Diocese of Arlington, is located in Dumfries, Virginia and is rooted in the Dominican traditions of study, prayer, community and service. Pope John Paul the Great is committed to the formation of young people with special emphasis on the ethical development of our students.

Ideal candidates: security or law enforcement experience, practicing Catholic, ability to work afternoons/evenings, experience working with young people.

WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL? • Led by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation of Nashville, Tennessee • Exceptional faculty • Friendly students • Beautiful state-of-the-art campus • Unique Bioethics Curriculum • Commitment to Truth

Come be a part of the new evangelization inspired by our patron, Saint John Paul the Great! (3)

Archbishop Chaput rejects ‘false’ media reports on synod comments

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Philadelphia, Pa., Oct 24, 2014 / 08:38 am (CNA).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia rejected claims that he had harshly criticized the Vatican or the recent synod, saying that he had instead been cautioning against a public image of the synod created by media reports that distort the truth.

“That's simply false,” Archbishop Chaput told CNA Oct. 24 about claims that he had “blasted” the recent Synod on the Family.

“The synod isn't mentioned in my formal remarks, and what I said in answer to a question from the audience about the synod is easily available, in full, online. People can see or read for themselves.”  

Archbishop Chaput’s comments followed a report by David Gibson of Religion News Service covering the archbishop’s Oct. 20 delivery of the 2014 Erasmus Lecture, hosted by the interreligious journal First Things.

The lecture itself did not involve the synod, but focused on the role of religious believers in modern America.

After the lecture, an attendee asked Archbishop Chaput about the Synod on the Family, a global gathering of bishops that recently concluded in Rome, and the archbishop replied:

“Well, first of all, I wasn’t there. That’s very significant, because to claim you know what really happened when you weren’t there is foolish. To get your information from the press is a mistake because they don’t know well enough how to understand it so they can tell people what happened. I don’t think the press deliberately distorts, they just don’t have any background to be able to evaluate things. In some cases they’re certainly the enemy and they want to distort the Church.”

“Now, having said all that, I was very disturbed by what happened. I think confusion is of the devil, and I think the public image that came across was of confusion. Now, I don’t think that was the real thing there,” he said, adding that he is eager to hear from the U.S. bishops who were present at the event.

“I want to hear from them. Then you can ask me the question and I can give you a better answer,” he said.

The archbishop then went on to say that “the Church has a clear position” on matters of marriage and communion, adding, “I’m not fundamentally worried because I believe the Holy Spirit guides the Church.”

In his reporting for Religion News Service, Gibson omitted the archbishop’s qualifying remarks about not presuming to know what really happened at the synod that he had not attended. He also omitted the archbishop’s comment that while confusion was the public image presented in the media, he did not think “that was the real thing” at the synod.

Gibson quoted Archbishop Chaput as saying, “I was very disturbed by what happened. I think confusion is of the devil, and I think the public image that came across was one of confusion.” He then moved on to other parts of the archbishop’s remarks.

The Religion News Service article was picked up by several other publications. Michael Sean Winters, a blogger for the National Catholic Reporter, pointed to Gibson’s article to argue that Archbishop Chaput was challenging Pope Francis, “criticizing the process of synodality,” and pushing an “agenda.”

Archbishop Chaput reiterated to CNA that when he had spoken of confusion being from the devil, he was not referring to the Vatican or the synod debates themselves, but to the way that the proceedings had been presented.

“The news media, sometimes innocently and sometimes not, distort the public image of the Church and her efforts. That creates confusion, including confusion in public perceptions of the synod, and there's nothing Godly about that,” he said.

He lamented a sense of “infallibility” among some parts of the press, adding that “the worst offenders refuse to acknowledge their own mistakes and prejudices.”
Matthew Schmitz, deputy editor of First Things magazine, responded to Gibson’s article in an Oct. 23 blog post. He included both the video and written transcript of the archbishop’s comments.

Gibson’s article portrayed the archbishop as critical of the synod itself, Schmitz stressed, while “(i)n fact, Chaput denounced its public image while saying he would need to hear more from his brother bishops who actually attended before forming a firm opinion.”

Kenneth Gavin, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, also voiced “grave concerns” about Gibson’s article, particularly its headline, which initially read, “Archbishop Chaput Blasts Vatican Debate on Family, says ‘Confusion is of the Devil’.”

After the archdiocese contacted Religion News Service, the headline was changed to, “Archbishop Chaput ‘disturbed’ by Synod Debate, Says ‘Confusion is of the Devil’.”

Both of these headlines, however, inaccurately present Archbishop Chaput as being critical of the Vatican and the synod, Gavin said, when in reality, the archbishop was simply criticizing “those who used the draft report from the Synod out of context to reinforce their own opinions and agendas.”

Additionally, Gavin said, the focus that Gibson’s article places on the comments could lead the casual reader “to believe that the Archbishop’s talk was all about the Synod,” when his comments were actually in response to an audience question, and his lecture was not about the synod at all.

“The RNS piece that was published just isn’t an accurate reflection of reality. It mischaracterizes both Archbishop Chaput and what he said,” Gavin said. “The story has been picked up by secular and religious media at the national level and it has created a false and misleading image. That’s problematic and unfair. People have a right to the truth. Media have an obligation to present it.”


Oct 24 – Homily: On the Holy Father’s Address to the Synod

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President – Notre Dame de la Baie Academy (Green Bay, WI)

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Notre Dame de la Baie Academy (Green Bay, WI)

Notre Dame Academy, a co-educational Catholic high school in Green Bay, WI is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as the school’s President. The President is the visionary leader of the school and is its Chief Executive Officer, responsible for the overall operation of the school. The President is responsible for ensuring the fulfillment of the school’s mission and the spiritual, educational, and financial strength of the school today and into the future.

The President’s first responsibility is to ensure that the mission of Notre Dame Academy is preserved, promoted and effectively implemented within the school community and broader community.

The successful candidate will be:

• A practicing Catholic who models the values of the Catholic faith

• A strategic thinker, who envisions and plans Notre Dame Academy’s future and energizes the community to realize that future

• A collaborative leader who effectively directs and supports others’ efforts and is able to work comfortably with the various constituencies of Notre Dame – faculty, staff, students, parents, board members, alumni, and other friends and community members

• A fundraiser who effectively leads annual fund raising, capital campaigns and planned giving efforts

• A strong communicator who inspires Notre Dame’s constituencies

• An effective manager and leader with demonstrated success in overseeing numerous, diverse functions

• A person who will deeply care for the welfare of the school and of each student, faculty member, and staff member

Requires a Bachelor’s Degree (or preferably higher) from an accredited college or university. Requires a proven track record of experience in Educational Administration (or Business). Outstanding leadership skills, communication and interpersonal skills, and strategic planning and fundraising experience is required to achieve objectives and interact effectively with various constituencies.

For more information about Notre Dame Academy, please visit our website at

Submit letter of interest and resume to:

President Search Committee
President’s Office
Notre Dame de la Baie Academy
610 Maryhill Drive
Green Bay, WI 54303 (4)

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