2020 archive of Pastor's Notes
Posted by Kelli Reutman on 10/30/20
As we go to the polls on Tuesday, November 03, the US Bishops Conference has identified in Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship as the following general areas as the Greatest Concerns to guide our morally informed Catholic Christian vote. What Public Policies Should Concern Catholics Most?
As Catholics, we ... Read More »
Posted by Kelli Reutman on 10/23/20
We continue to discuss how Catholics are called to apply principles to the moral decision making and act of political involvement. Drawing from the US Conference of Catholic Bishop’s document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. Avoiding Two Temptations
Two temptations in public life can distort the Church’s defense ... Read More »
Posted by Kelli Reutman on 10/14/20
Catholic Political Engagement is not just thinking or discussing issues, but must move toward action. In previous notes, we looked at some of the core principles that underlie Catholic engagement in the political realm. We now address some of the considerations of the process by which these principles ... Read More »
Posted by Kelli Reutman on 10/09/20
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Posted by Kelli Reutman on 10/02/20
What is the Common Good, more specifically?
The Common Good is comprised of “the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfilment more fully and more easily.” This sum total includes all the many parts of communal life.
Human ... Read More »
Posted by Kelli Reutman on 9/25/20
How Can Core Principles of Catholic Social Teaching Help Guide Our Civic Participation?
In the words of Pope Francis, “progress in building a people in peace, justice and fraternity depends on four principles related to constant tensions present in every social reality. These derive from the pillars of the ... Read More »
Posted by Kelli Reutman on 9/18/20
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship is the teaching document of the Catholic Bishops of the United States on the political responsibility of Catholics. It provides guidance for all who seek to exercise their rights and duties as citizens. As Catholics, we bring the richness of our faith to ... Read More »
Posted by Kelli Reutman on 9/11/20
If you’ve been to the Kroger on State St or any of the other retail & restaurants in the New Albany Plaza shopping mall, you may have been surprised and saddened, as I was, to see a new Planned Parenthood office going in between wholesome storefronts. This location ... Read More »
Posted by Kelli Reutman on 9/04/20
With so many people still ‘Working from Home”, it seems a little odd to give people a day off to stay home as a way of honoring human labor and efforts in the world! Maybe we should have a universal come to work day instead! I say this only ... Read More »
Posted by Kelli Reutman on 8/28/20
What did you read this past summer or during the “Great Shut-down”? Do people still do such reading in these days of virtual, livestream, and onDemand everything? I hope so, but I know my own reading is not nearly as prolific as I’d like. It is just easier to ... Read More »