This weekend we have our Annual Collection for the Church in Latin America. This collection is for pastoral projects ranging from Mexico to the Caribbean, to the southern tip of South America. For many living in Latin America and the Caribbean, a rising secular culture, difficult rural terrain, and a shortage of ministers make it difficult for people to practice the Faith. Your donations fund catechesis, marriage and family life programs, and seminarian formation so people can grow closer to Christ. Please prayerfully consider supporting this collection to share your Faith with our brothers and sisters in Latin America and the Caribbean.
On September 30, 2019, Pope Francis declared this Sunday, the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, to be established as “Sunday of the Word of God.” It is a day “to be devoted to the celebration, study, and dissemination of the Word of God.” Today all Catholics should rededicate themselves to daily reading of Sacred Scripture, even if only for a few minutes; the Bible must be a part of our daily lives. September 30th is the Feast of St. Jerome who famously said: “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” Please feel free to ask me for recommendations for purchasing a Bible. Two Catholic Bookstores/Gift Shops which sell good Bibles are Holy Family Catholic Bookstore (9249 Old Green Bay Road, Pleasant Prairie) and Marytown Gift Shop (1600 West Park Avenue, Libertyville).
COVID-19 Vaccines are slowly becoming available. Unfortunately, the Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines have a remote connection to morally compromised cell lines (involved or associated with abortion). The U.S. Bishops announced that “the reasons to accept the new COVID-19 Vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are sufficiently serious to justify their use, despite their remote connection to morally compromised cell lines.” So, taking the vaccine is morally acceptable, but not morally obligatory. Some people may refuse to take the vaccine due to conscientious objection. Please note that, regarding vaccines whose production is connected with procured abortion, in a 2005 Vatican Statement, the Vatican declared that “the use of vaccines whose production is connected with procured abortion constitutes at least a mediate remote passive material cooperation to the abortion.” There is a lot in that statement; basically it’s saying that taking such vaccines entails a remote cooperation in evil, though such cooperation is unintended; there is no way of getting around that. The 2005 Vatican Statement also declared: “In any case, there remains a moral duty to continue to fight and to employ every lawful means in order to make life difficult for the pharmaceutical industries which act unscrupulously and unethically.” The U.S. Catholic Bishops should be forcefully and publicly calling out those pharmaceutical companies employing unethical methods, but that has not happened. Now is the perfect time to also inform the public about other vaccines (such as Rubella) in the U.S. connected with abortion with no other ethical alternatives. By unnecessarily creating unethical vaccines, pharmaceutical companies are forcing people to choose between their health, or violating their conscience; that’s unacceptable. Please pray and consider contacting Pfizer and Moderna, requesting them to stop using unethical methods connected with abortion.
This week commit yourself to daily reading and studying the Word of God; fall in love with the Bible. Please also pray for our nation, that we may have peace rooted in truth and justice, and that our leaders and politicians will uphold the most basic human rights: The right to life, free speech, freedom of conscience, and religious freedom.