End of Our Summer Internship Program at Vandenberg Space Force Base Vigil

Below are photos from our annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki vigil at Vandenberg Space Force Base on California’s central coast, which is the traditional closing of our summer internship program.

August 6 and 9, 2022 is the 77th anniversary of the diabolical and unnecessary atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We commemorated these tragic anniversaries and the destruction of the Marshall Islands Kwajalein and Rongelap Atolls by U.S. nuclear tests and continued missile testing from Vandenberg to the South Pacific Islands. May God forgive the U.S. for the suffering, death, and destruction inflicted on victims of U.S. imperialism.

Join us in standing in resistance against the U.S. imperial war machine, and in the effort to abolish nuclear weapons, and war itself.

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2022 Third Summer Picnic and Party

On July 29, we had our third and last summer picnic for our friends from downtown, which was held at Whittier Narrows/Legg Lake Park in South El Monte. All enjoyed chips and salsa, and plums upon arrival, then BBQ burgers (meat and veggie), potato salad, watermelon, chips, cookies,  lemonade, and Snickers ice cream bars for lunch. Our guests enjoyed card games and dominoes, while others just rested next to the lake, watching the ducks and geese, and one went fishing.

Then on July 31, we had our third and last summer party, hosted by Tom and Anne Smet (Jeff and Susan’s sister).  They live close to the beach, so no pool this time. Tom and Anne were great hosts who provided us with tasty snacks, along with a great dinner including pulled pork, dinner rolls, and a variety of salads. Thank you, Tom and Anne.

Below are photos of both events. Click on each photo to view in a higher resolution.

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Pope Francis: Residential-School Policy Was Part Of ‘Genocide’ Plan

Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Iqaluit, in the Canadian territory of Nunavut, to Rome on July 29, 2022. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The article below and behind this LINK is yet further truth in the reconciliation process with our Church’s history against the indigenous communities of North America.

By: Cindy Wooden

July 30, 2022

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM CANADA (CNS) — The planned destruction of the families, languages, cultures, and traditions of the Indigenous communities of Canada through the residential school system was “genocide,” Pope Francis said.

Asked by an Indigenous reporter why he did not use the word genocide while in Canada, the pope said, “I didn’t use the word because it did not come to mind, but what I described was genocide.”

“And I condemned it,” he said, during his inflight news conference July 29 at the end of a trip that had begun July 24.

Another Canadian reporter asked Pope Francis about the “Doctrine of Discovery,” a collection of papal teachings, beginning in the 14th century, that blessed the efforts of explorers to colonize and claim the lands of any people who were not Christian, placing both the land and the people under the sovereignty of European Christian rulers.

Pope Francis said it always has been a temptation for colonizers to think they were superior to the people whose land they were colonizing. In fact, he said, there even was “a theologian, who was a bit crazy,” who questioned whether the Indigenous of the Americas had souls.

“This is the problem of every colonialism, even today,” he said, pointing to modern forms of “ideological colonialism,” which use requests for foreign assistance to force poorer countries to adopt policies that go against the values their people hold dear.

“This doctrine of colonialism truly is evil, it’s unjust,” the pope said.

Because of continuing knee pain, the pope did not stand in front of the journalists’ section for the 40-minute news conference, but rather sat in a portable chair in the aisle.

“This trip was a bit of a test” to see how much he could handle and how much of what was considered a standard part of a papal trip was really necessary, he said. “Perhaps we will have to change the style a bit, reduce a bit.”

But the pope said he still hopes to visit Kyiv, Ukraine — “we’ll see what’s possible” — as well as go to Kazakhstan in September for an interreligious meeting.

He also said he wants to reschedule his ecumenical trip to South Sudan with Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury and the Rev. Iain Greenshields, moderator of the Church of Scotland. They were supposed to go in early July, but the pope was forced to cancel to give his knee treatments more time to work.

“I have all the goodwill” to keep traveling, the pope said, “but we’ll have to see what the leg says.”

As for retiring, Pope Francis told reporters: “The door is open. It is one of the normal options, but up to now I haven’t knocked on that door.”

“I haven’t felt like I needed to consider this possibility,” he insisted, “but that doesn’t mean that the day after tomorrow I won’t start thinking about it.”

“Stepping aside,” the pope said, would not be “a catastrophe. You can change popes, no problem.”

He insisted again that he would not have surgery on his knee because, he said, he reacted badly to anesthesia in July 2021 when he had colon surgery.

“But I will try to continue to make trips and to be close to the people because I think it is a way to serve,” he said.

Pope Francis also was asked about an unsigned “declaration of the Holy See” regarding the German church’s Synodal Path that was published July 21.

The declaration warned that if the Catholic Church in Germany tried to “initiate new official structures or doctrines in the dioceses prior to an agreed understanding at the level of the universal church,” it would be “a wound to ecclesial communion and a threat to the unity of the church.”

“That communique was written by the Secretariat of State,” Pope Francis said. “It was a mistake not to say so,” but it was an oversight and “not out of bad will.”

Pope Francis said he had spent a month praying, reading, and consulting with a variety of people before he wrote a letter to German Catholics in 2019 urging them to ensure their Synod Path was a process of prayer and discernment and not simply a search for an efficient way to handle challenges facing the church in Germany.

“I wrote it as a pastor to a church that is trying to find its path forward,” he said.

After reports that Pope John Paul I, who will be beatified in early September, had supported changing church teaching on artificial contraception in some cases and after the publication of a book of papers from a Vatican-related conference where theologians debated that issue and others, Pope Francis was asked what he thought about the possibility of “developments” in church teaching on contraception.

In his response, Pope Francis did not talk about the church’s teaching against the use of artificial contraception. Instead, he spoke of the role of theologians in the church and about the development of doctrine.

Church teaching “is always in a state of development,” either through being confirmed and consolidated over time or by being understood more precisely in relation to new problems or deeper understanding, he said.

The job of theologians, the pope said, is to explore the possibilities, while the job of the pope is to “help them understand the limits.”

As an example of how church teaching develops, Pope Francis told reporters, “Today, officially, the church had declared that the use or possession of nuclear weapons is immoral.”

And regarding the death penalty, he said, “we are close” to declaring it immoral because people’s consciences have developed.

A church that does not allow its teaching to develop does not remain the same, it “goes backwards,” he said. “That’s the problem with many who call themselves traditionalists; they aren’t traditional, they are ‘backwardists.’ They are going backwards.”

In such cases, he said, people are not embracing and sharing the “living faith,” but rather “the dead faith of the living.”

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August 2022 Catholic Agitator

The  August 2022 Catholic Agitator is now online.

In this issue:

The Overlooked Sacraments of Christ – by Matt Harper

Albert Wingate Obituary –  by Mike Wisniewski

Book Review: Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11: A Call to Reflection and Action – by Mike Wisniewski

Love in Action – by Mike Wisniewski

What Eucharist Means to Me – by Joshua Flaugher

A Synod For Justice – by Matt Harper

An Order Most Holy But Not For Me – by Christian Young

Bread – A Poem by Karan Benton

The Colors That Are Real – A Poem by Arnal Kennedy

 

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2022 Second Summer Pool Party and Picnic

On July 17, we had our second of three summer pool parties, hosted by Kurt and Ann Peterson. Kurt and Ann were great hosts who provided us with a wonderful and refreshing pool and spa, along with a great BBQ. Thank you, Kurt and Ann.

Then on July 22, we had the second of three summer picnics for our friends from downtown, held at Whittier Narrows/Legg Lake Park in South El Monte. All enjoyed chips and salsa, and plums upon arrival, then BBQ hot dogs, chili, potato salad, watermelon, chips, cookies, and lemonade for lunch. Our guests enjoyed card games and dominoes, while others just rested next to the lake, watching the ducks and geese.

Below are photos of both events. Click on each photo to view in a higher resolution.

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Pope Francis Offers Apology to Canada’s Indigenous Peoples

Pope Francis is not afraid of genuine contrition. He apologized for the history of violence at the residential schools in Canada, and appealed to Canadian Catholics to safeguard the memory of grandparents and the elderly as a necessary means of preventing the mistakes of the past and for building a better future.

See this LINK, this  LINK and this LINK for the full story.

 

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2022 First Summer Pool Party and Picnic

On July 3, we had our first of three summer pool parties, hosted by longtime friend and supporter Mary Nalick. Mary is a great host who provided scrumptious snacks, delicious gourmet pizza along with a variety of salads, and a variety of yummy ice cream, not to forget a variety of beverages. Thank you, Mary.

Then on July 8, we had the first of three summer picnics for our friends from downtown, held at Whittier Narrows/Legg Lake Park in South El Monte. All enjoyed chips and salsa, and plums upon arrival, then BBQ hot dogs, chili, potato salad, watermelon, chips, cookies, and lemonade for lunch. Our guests enjoyed card games and dominoes, while others just rested next to the lake, watching the ducks and geese.

Below are photos of both events. Click on each photo to view in a higher resolution.

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Meet Our 2022 Summer Interns

Grace Wilson, Christian Young, Phoebe Lu

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2022 Summer Program

As the Los Angeles Catholic Worker orients its newest summer interns to some of our values, practices, and co-conspirators, we invite you to join us. Beginning Wednesday, June 29, through the next six weeks, we will stream our presentations, culture critiques, and liturgies on Facebook or Zoom for anyone who would like to tune in. We hope you will consider joining us.

To find the dates, times, titles, and streaming location for each of the sessions, please see this LINK. Updates will be posted to this same document. Thank you. Blessings.

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June 2022 Catholic Agitator

The June 2022 Catholic Agitator is now online.

 

In this issue: (click to view or share individual articles)

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The Hippie Kitchen Dining Garden To Reopen

Unless COVID infections, hospitalizations, and deaths again escalate unceasingly, we plan to reopen our dining garden on Thursday, June 2.  We will continue serving “to go” containers at the 6th Street gate, but our guests will be able to eat and relax in the garden. Jeff and Catherine will again be present in the garden to greet and talk with our guests.

This step forward will require more volunteers to help us and also require that volunteers be committed to 12:30 so that we can provide a safe environment in the garden during serving hours. Please consider joining us and inviting a friend as we take steps in reverting to our pre-COVID kitchen serving. Thank you.

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Our Seder of Liberation Was a Rousing Success

After a two-year hiatus because of COVID-19, on Sunday, April 24, we again gathered 40 strong to celebrate our annual Seder of Liberation. With Matt as our M/C (who also played keyboards in the band) and with  Hannah Peterson, Alan Pulnar, former community member Dave Lubian, and Ron Kaye at the head table as readers leading us with the Haggadah, and band/choir members Clare Bellefeuille-Rice, Matha Lewis, Donald Nollar, Pat Huckabee, and Matt Harper leading us in song and dance, all had a wonderful time, including a scrumptious dinner that followed, with folk music provided by Clare, Sandi and Pat Huckabee, Donald, and others who joined in.  (Note: Click on each photo to view in high resolution.)

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