Monday, January 30, 2012

'A matter of grave moral concern.'

Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory signed a letter that called the recent health care mandate from the federal government "a matter of grave moral concern."

You can read the letter below.

Letter from Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory To Be Read at all Masses in Parishes in the Archdiocese of Atlanta During the Weekend of January 28 – 29, 2012

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am writing to you on a matter of grave moral concern -- freedom of religion and freedom of conscience. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that almost all employers, including Catholic employers, will be forced to offer their employees health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception.  Almost all health insurers will be forced to include those “services” in the health policies they write. And almost all individuals will be forced to buy that coverage as a part of their policies.
In so ruling, the Administration has cast aside the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, denying to Catholics our Nation’s first and most fundamental freedom, that of religious liberty. And as a result, unless the rule is overturned, we Catholics will be compelled either to violate our consciences, or to drop health coverage for our employees (and suffer the penalties for doing so). The Administration’s sole concession was to give our institutions one year to comply.
I stand in unity with Catholic bishops throughout the United States and other religious leaders vowing to fight this mandate. 
Along with my brother bishops and other religious leaders, I insist that this is a direct attack on our religious freedom and our First Amendment rights. I will work with the bishops, other religious leaders and our fellow Americans to remove this unjust regulation. 
If the administration will not rescind this violation of our First Amendment rights, we must call on our elected leaders to do so. I ask you to pray that wisdom and justice may prevail, and work together to restore our religious liberty. 
Please join me in continuing to follow the development of this important issue and contacting our elected representatives to seek a just resolution. 
Through our Georgia Bulletin, archdiocesan and Georgia Catholic Conference websites and other media, I will keep you up to date on the progress of this important issue.

Sincerely yours in Christ, 
╬ Wilton D. Gregory 
Archbishop of Atlanta

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Word Cloud of Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory's homily at the Mass for the Unborn

This is a word cloud of Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory's homily at the Mass for the Unborn, given on Monday, Jan. 23, at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Atlanta.

The complete homily is on the Archdiocese of Atlanta website.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

2012 Father Bruce Wilkinson Founders Award

An interview with Beatrice Soublet. (mp3)

I attended the 2012 Atlanta Archdiocese celebration of the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Saturday, Jan. 14. I interviewed Beatrice Soublet, who with her husband, Lawrence, earned The Father Bruce Wilkinson Award for their efforts at Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

The couple do many things at the parish, which they joined after fleeing the damage in New Orleans left by Hurricane Katrina. They facilitate an anti-racism program, serve with the Simon's Call HIV/AIDS ministry, act as the cleanup crew for the Lourdes Lunch Program, just to name a few.

Head over to the AudioBoo website to see a photo of the couple.

The story about the King celebration Mass will be printed in the upcoming issue of the Georgia Bulletin.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

St. Joseph's Hospital Joins With Emory Healthcare

ATLANTA—Saint Joseph’s Hospital has formed a new venture with Emory Healthcare. As of Jan. 1, it is now part of a joint operating company, which combines Saint Joseph’s with the Emory Johns Creek Hospital, under the Emory Healthcare umbrella.

Emory Healthcare is the majority stakeholder. However, Saint Joseph’s will remain sponsored by its founders, the Sisters of Mercy, “to insure continuation of the Catholic mission and identity,” said a hospital official.

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Hospital leaders said the partnership puts the two medical facilities in good standing for the future. Emory and Saint Joseph’s have been working out the details of the joint operating agreement since March 2011.

Learn more details in this week's Georgia Bulletin. 

Read the press release.