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22 June 17, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org If you know of an incident of the sexual abuse of a minor by anyone in Church service including a member of the clergy, a religious, a lay employee or volunteer, we encourage you to come forward so that we can take action to protect others and help those who have been harmed to find healing. We are open to and respect your complaint; you are important. We want to make this process as safe as possible. Victims Assistance Coordinators bsf bwbjmbcmf up ifmq uiptf xip ibwf cffo ibsnfe uispvhi uif ejggjdvmu boe tpnfujnft qbjogvm qspdftt pg ifbmjoh boe ipqf How to begin the process ... Dbmm pof pg uif Wjdujnt Bttjtubodf Dppsejobupst Tufqifo Mzopuu bu Ejbof Uszbo bu or write: Wjdujnt Bttjtubodf Dppsejobups d p Dbuipmjd Tpdjbm Tfswjdft pg uif VQ Mvejohupo Tu Tvjuf Ftdbobcb NJ Qmfbtf nbsl uif mfuufs Qfstpobm boe Dpogjefoujbm boe joejdbuf jo zpvs mfuufs ipx zpv xjti up cf dpoubdufe cz qipof ps cz mfuufs Xf bmxbzt fodpvsbhf zpv up sfqpsu uif jodjefou up mpdbm djwjm bvuipsjujft The Diocese of Marquette reports all allegations to the appropriate civil authorities. (CNA/EWTN News) - Arch- bishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia described as misleading an article claim- ing that his leadership of a working group on the popes most recent document sends a signal regarding U.S. policy on Communion. Our committee is very ad hoc and may exist for only three or four months, Arch- bishop Chaput said. Our goal is to gather what the bishops of the USA are doing and share that informa- tion with the other bishops, and then also send a report to Cardinal (Lorenzo) Baldisseri who has asked for reports from the various conferences. In a June 1 article, the Catholic Herald reported that Archbishop Chaput had been named chairman of a five-bish- op committee that was working on behalf of the U.S. Confer- ence of Catholic Bishops for a positive reception and imple- mentation of Pope Francis recent apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. The news sends a signal on the question of admitting divorced and remarried people to Communion, the Catholic Herald said, citing instances in which Archbishop Chaput has affirmed Church teaching on the subject. However, Archbishop Chaput said that the Catholic Heralds characterization was not entire- ly accurate. There is no policy dimension to what we are doing, he said. The bishops in the group are currently the chairmen of var- ious committees and I am the chair-elect of the committee on laity, marriage, family and youth. Amoris Laetitia, released April 8, is the conclusion of a two-year synod process dis- cussing both the beauty and challenges of family life today. While much of the West- ern secular media focused its coverage on homosexuality and the question of communion for the divorced-and-remarried, actual topics discussed in the meetings were much broader, with synod fathers touching on themes such as domestic violence, incest and abuse within families, and marriage preparation. Both of the synods sparked controversy amid speculation over whether there would be a change in the Churchs practice that the divorced-and-remar- ried may not receive Commu- nion. In accordance with the words of Jesus that anyone who divorces his wife and mar- ries another commits adultery, the Church says that those living in adultery or any other unrepentant grave sin may not receive Communion. Pope Francis did not make any changes to Church teach- ing in the document, but one of its chapters dealing with those in irregular marriage sit- uations has been the subject of much post-synod debate. Vague language in the chapter has allowed a variety of interpretations. Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, maintains that it does not change the Church's discipline on admission of the divorced-and-remarried to Communion. Cardinal Walter Kasper, on the other hand, has said it opened a door to admitting the divorced-and-remarried to Communion, and that the doc- ument marks the turning of a page in the Church's history after 1,700 years. However, the matter was dealt with explicitly by St. John Paul II, who wrote that the Church reaffirms her practice, which is based upon Sacred Scripture, of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried. They are unable to be admitted thereto from the fact that their state and condi- tion of life objectively contra- dict that union of love between Christ and the Church which is signified and effected by the Eucharist. Archbishop Chaput clarifies 'Amoris Laetitia' committee Pregnancy Services of Delta County celebrates one year anniversary COURTESY PHOTO Pregnancy Services of Delta County celebrated a special milestone earlier this spring. Pregnan- cy Services has played a prominent role in the community for several years. However, it recently marked the one year anniversary of its center. Prior to the opening of the center a year ago, Preg- nancy Services was ran out of the home of a faithful volunteer. The anniversary was commemorat- ed with an open house on April 19. The center provides a variety of services for women and men facing untimely pregnancies including a client advocate program, man-to-man mentoring for new fathers, Bible studies and life skill courses. Pregnancy Services of Delta County is located at 1801 Ludington Street in Escanaba. The 24-hour crisis line is (906) 786-7474. It can also be found on Facebook by searching Pregnancy Services of Delta County or online at www.pregnancyservicesdc. org.

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