Tonight on perspectives a Canadian is nominated as the head of protocol of the Vatican’s secretary of state, the Bishops of United States support the cause for canonization of Dorothy Day and we take a look at today’s general audience.
Over the past few days, we have received numerous messages and calls from our viewers and readers asking us to comment on US President Barak Obama’s and Vice President Joseph Biden’s public support for same-sex marriage. We can only echo New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s public statement, in his capacity as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
President Obama’s comments today in support of the redefinition of marriage are deeply saddening. As I stated in my public letter to the President on September 20, 2011, the Catholic Bishops stand ready to affirm every positive measure taken by the President and the Administration to strengthen marriage and the family. However, we cannot be silent in the face of words or actions that would undermine the institution of marriage, the very cornerstone of our society. The people of this country, especially our children, deserve better. Unfortunately, President Obama’s words today are not surprising since they follow upon various actions already taken by his Administration that erode or ignore the unique meaning of marriage. I pray for the President every day, and will continue to pray that he and his Administration act justly to uphold and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman. May we all work to promote and protect marriage and by so doing serve the true good of all persons.
Working for Christian Unity is harder than it sounds. The core of all Christian’s faith is Christ. Many Christian denominations have some sort of celebration of Eucharist. Yet many of these Christian confessions who celebrate Eucharist understand that Eucharist differently than we do.
This week the Methodist church and Catholic Church in the United States issued a joint statement on the common ground the two churches share related to Eucharist.
The Methodist Church believes the bread and wine represent the body and blood of Christ and receiving communion is entering into communion with the community of believers. Everyone is welcome to receive communion at a Methodist celebration of the Eucharist, including members of other Christian denominations.
The joint declaration on Eucharist issued by the United Methodist Church and the Roman Catholic Church focuses on the fact that for both churches the celebration of Eucharist enables us to see God’s glory in all of creation.
Read the full statement here on the USCCB website
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