August 2018 archive of From the Pastor's Desk

August 2018 archive of From the Pastor's Desk

Scandal and the Church, Part II

Posted by Laura Kosta on 8/30/18

Today, as I’m writing this column, the National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People, a committee created in 2002 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a sternly worded press release that called for an independent lay-led investigation into all allegations of sexual ... Read More »

Scandal and the Church

Posted by Laura Kosta on 8/22/18

What do you think of when you hear the word “Pennsylvania”? Maybe Philadelphia, the first capital of the U.S. Or Pittsburgh, the once steel and industrial capital of the U.S. I would always think of the Pennsylvania Dutch, because my Uncle Richard was of that branch of German Americans. ... Read More »

A Report from Haiti

Posted by Laura Kosta on 8/16/18

Report on and from Haiti:Before I left on my vacation in June, I made arrangements to visit Haiti at the end of July to inspect the completed construction of St. Michel School. I made my flight reservations and breathed a sigh of relief that I could forget all about ... Read More »

Humanae Vitae, 50 Years Later

Posted by Laura Kosta on 8/09/18

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of the encyclical letter Humanae Vitae by Pope Paul VI. This was a momentous event in the life of the modern church. It is remarkable that it became so momentous, because the entire Christian church—Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant—always taught artificial ... Read More »

Mission Territory

Posted by Laura Kosta on 8/03/18

When I was growing up in the 1950s, we received lots of magazines like Maryknoll from missionary religious orders who were busy all over the world spreading the Gospel. As children, we brought our pennies and nickels into school to add to the fund to ransom pagan babies. We ... Read More »

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