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St. Paul Street Evangelization — Cave Junction, Or. Reasons to Return to the Catholic Church

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EDITORS NOTE: Welcome to St. Paul Street Evangelization, Cave Junction, Or. Chapter!  If you have any questions concerning the faith or your journey home, you may e-mail me (Jimmy Evans) at Jamestevans0@yahoo.com 

Reasons to Return to the Catholic Church

Rome is Where the Heart is

If you once were a practicing Catholic and have been away from the Catholic Church for a while — no matter how long — you’re always welcome back. Your companion in this journey is our Lord Jesus Christ. He will walk alongside and guide you. Place your trust in Him; He will lead you home.

1. Reconciliation (Confession)

If you’re thinking about coming back, it’s very important to go to Confession (the “Sacrament of Reconciliation” or “Penance”). Jesus Christ Himself instituted Confession and He desired that His followers have a place to go to be absolved of their sins. He, in turn, gave authority to men to forgive sins.

“Jesus … said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained’” (Jn 20:21–23).

All parishes around the world have set times for Confession, and finding out these times is a Google search away. You also have the right under Canon Law to ask the parish priest for an appointment for Confession. You should explain to the priest prior to your confession that you haven’t been to church for a while and haven’t been attending Confession. If you need a refresher, the priest will happily guide you through the steps of Confession.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 Jn 1:9).

2. The Communion of Saints

You may remember from your childhood that if you lost something, you’d pray to St. Anthony of Padua. If you were studying for a test, you’d pray to St. Joseph of Cupertino or St. Thomas Aquinas. Whatever your intention is, there is a saint to call on to pray with you.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us” (Heb 12:1).

This “cloud of witnesses” cheers us on as we walk with Christ. The faithfully departed — the Church in Heaven — are ever concerned about the Church on earth.

“Being more closely united to Christ, those who dwell in heaven fix the whole Church more firmly in holiness. … They do not cease to intercede with the Father for us, as they proffer the merits which they acquired on earth through the one mediator between God and men, Christ Jesus” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], 956).

The communion of saints helps us by praying for us for we are joined in Christ’s Body, the Church, and it is our joy to bear one another’s burdens (cf. Gal 6:2) and to encourage one another (cf. 1 Thess 5:11).

3. The Eucharist

The Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian life” (CCC 1324). The Eucharist is Jesus Christ: Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.

At the Last Supper, the final meal Christ shared with His beloved disciples, He left them the means in which He would be physically present in the world.

“When the Church celebrates the Eucharist, she commemorates Christ’s Passover, and it is made present: the sacrifice Christ offered once for all on the cross remains ever present. ‘As often as the sacrifice of the Cross by which “Christ our Pasch has been sacrificed” is celebrated on the altar, the work of our redemption is carried out’” (CCC 1364).

The Mass makes present the one sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. As He took bread and gave thanks, He said, “This is my body which is given for you” (Lk 22:19). Jesus speaks of the same Body in John 6: “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him” (Jn 6:56). The sacrifice of Calvary and the sacrifice of the Mass are one and the same sacrifice; only the manner in which they are offered differs.

Therefore, weekly Mass attendance is important. As outlined in CCC 2042, the three precepts of the Church are:

1. You shall attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor.

2. You shall confess your sins at least once a year.

3. You shall receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season.

One must be in a state of grace in order to receive the Eucharist. This means we must not have any unconfessed mortal sin. The Eucharist is participation in Christ’s Body and Blood (cf. 1 Cor 10:16). To receive Holy Communion in such an unworthy manner is to profane against the Body and Blood of Christ (cf. 1 Cor 11:23–29) and is objectively a mortal sin, as is deliberately not attending Mass.

“Anyone who desires to receive Christ in Eucharistic communion must be in the state of grace. Anyone aware of having sinned mortally must not receive communion without having received absolution in the sacrament of penance” (CCC 1415).

“The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor. Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin” (CCC 2181).

The Eucharist is food for the journey, through which grace is conferred. Through the Eucharist, we are also physically united with Christ. Therefore, we must walk and grow in holiness in order to become vessels that give a witness of Christ to the world.

4. The Joy of Salvation

The mission of the Catholic Church is to bring the reality of God and salvation to all.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him” (Jn 3:16–17).

The Catholic Church offers to all the means of salvation, and the fullness of faith. She also unites the faithful with Christ. God’s gift is freely offered to us; we don’t deserve it, yet it is offered anyway. We must respond accordingly, in faith, to His free grace, so that we can be led by Him, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, to walk in faith and to do the will of God, so that we may be perfected by Him (cf. Mt 7:21; Jas 2:14–26; Mt 5:48).

“In order to reach this perfection the faithful should use the strength dealt out to them by Christ’s gift, so that … doing the will of the Father in everything, they may wholeheartedly devote themselves to the glory of God and to the service of their neighbor” (CCC 2013).

When Christ ascended into heaven, He left His disciples a final instruction.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Mt 28:19–20).

No matter what you’ve done (provided you truly repent of it, confess, and receive absolution), you have a home in the Catholic Church. By Christ’s work on the Cross and through the Sacraments that Christ Himself instituted, your heart will be made new.

“Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come” (2 Cor 5:17).

“For it is through Christ’s Catholic Church alone, which is the universal help toward salvation, that the fullness of the means of salvation can be obtained. It was to the apostolic college alone, of which Peter is the head, that we believe that our Lord entrusted all the blessings of the New Covenant, in order to establish on earth the one Body of Christ into which all those should be fully incorporated who belong in any way to the People of God” (CCC 816).

“Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future” (Oscar Wilde).

5. The One True Church

What is it that sets the Catholic Church apart? Why not just go to the non-denominational church nearby? The answer is simple: no other church in the world (though they may possess much truth and a share of God’s grace) can claim that their founder is God: Jesus Christ Himself.

“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Mt 16:18–19).

Jesus declared here with divine authority that the Catholic Church would teach all nations the Good News and would bring the hope of salvation to all. The Church would be a visible sign to the world that Christ remains with the world until the end of the age. When the Catholic Church teaches and speaks, it does so with the authority of Jesus Christ.

Christ bestowed upon St. Peter the authority to lead the visible church (thus setting in motion the office of the papacy), and the authority to (preeminently) “bind” and “loose.” These ancient rabbinical terms mean to “forbid” and “permit,” that is, to interpret the Law in special circumstances. Jesus, in John 20:22–23 extended the Church’s authority to include absolving sins or issuing penance for them.

The Church is known as the “pillar and bulwark of truth” (1 Tim 3:15) because the Holy Spirit guides it into all truth (cf. Jn 14:26; 16:13). When the Church teaches, it does so because the Holy Spirit has enabled it to. Not all Christians have this special protection, and some are even counterfeit “Christians.”

“Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers’” (Mt 7:21–23).

So why should you consider returning to the Catholic Church? The Catholic Church is built on a rock-solid foundation and Christ Himself promised, “the powers of death shall not prevail against it.”

“Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock” (Mt 7:24–25).

Author bio

Stephen Spiteri is a happily married and proud Catholic husband and father. He currently teaches Religious Education at Irene McCormack Catholic College (Perth, Western Australia), sharing his knowledge and love for Christ and the Catholic Church. Stephen Spiteri is also the founder and author of the apologetics blog ‘The Spirit Magnus’ and has been answering questions and helping people learn more about the Catholic faith online in this way since late 2008. He has been a guest speaker at Catholic conferences, speaking on the topic of apologetics: defending the Catholic faith. Stephen Spiteri also taught a course on apologetics at the ‘Acts 2 Come’ Catholic Bible College in 2012. He is currently working on other projects that will help bring the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith to those interested in learning more about Catholicism.

Written by: Stephen Spiteri

Edited by: Dave Armstrong

Further Reading:

Biblical Evidence for the Communion of Saints
Biblical Catholic Eucharistic Theology
Biblical Catholic Salvation: “Faith Working Through Love”
Biblical Proofs for an Infallible Church and Papacy

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40 Years — March For Life, Grants Pass, Oregon 1.20.13

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Director of Religious Education, Cindy Miller, teaches children about the sacredness of life at St. Patrick of the Forest Catholic Church, in Cave Junction. The annual March For Life will be held this Sunday, January 20th, 2013, in Grants Pass, Oregon.
Join us this Sunday for our annual March For Life. 1/20/13 at 1 pm.  Gather ON 6TH ST across from the Courthouse, in Grants Pass, Or. March will start after we get organized in the streets about 1:30 PM. We will walk to Riverside Park were there will be a rally, refreshments and music.

NEW OREGON ROAD TAX: Pay per mile? Sure! I’m on board with this…

… just as soon as Oregon politico types allow me to place a black box up their rear ends and allow me to charge them for every passing thought.

Here’s the story

Road User Charge Pilot Program

Early last century, the Oregon Legislature adopted the policy of covering road costs by charging vehicles operators based on their use of the roads. Oregon, then, has a long history of having ‘user pays’ as a state policy.

But things have changed – such as the nature of our vehicles. We’re seeing people driving electric vehicles for which they pay no fuel tax, and people driving plug-in hybrid vehicles for which they will pay a miniscule amount of fuel tax. It seems clear that operators of these new vehicle types are not paying their fair share for ‘using the road.’ This situation will only accelerate with more and more advances in technology.

Even more impactful, the move towards highly fuel efficient vehicles has become official government policy now that the federal government reached agreement with automakers last July for new vehicles to meet an average standard of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. While this development has positive implications for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and reduction of our nation’s reliance on foreign oil, it has potentially devastating implications for the highway trust fund unless the funding mechanisms change.

The Oregon Legislature predicted these developments a decade ago when HB 3946 passed into law. That bill created the Road User Fee Task Force (RUFTF), which the legislature charged with proposing an alternative road funding system. After reviewing 28 different road funding options, the RUFTF recommended a fee based on vehicle miles traveled as the most viable alternative.

That bill also directed ODOT to run a pilot program demonstrating collection of the mileage fee according to policies adopted by the RUFTF. The department developed a pay-at-the-pump model to minimize the change motorists would experience, installed equipment in cars to count mileage, and implemented a successful pilot in the Portland area. It achieved positive regard by various policy bodies and organizations, including two national road funding commissions, AASHTO and the Miller Commission.

The motoring public (not including the pilot participants, who didn’t have any major issues with the pilot) did not regard the pilot program as well. The public expressed concern about privacy, because of the equipment’s GPS functionality, and worried about the expense and difficulty of complying with a new system as well as the potential for a large government bureaucracy to manage the new system. Experts noted the closed nature of the pay-at-the-pump model would hamper the new system because the technological aspect would be stuck in time and not evolve as these systems do naturally.

Redesign of the Road Usage Charging System

ODOT took heed of the critiques, listened to the public and recommended to RUFTF alterations to the concept of charging by distance driven. Under the new model, planned for testing in fall, 2012, there will be no requirement for a GPS device or a government box for any car. Rather, participating motorists will choose the method they want for reporting miles driven and for paying their bill from among several options. Should they choose an electronic means of reporting, they will have options from among technologies they already use for other purposes. Some may choose reporting directly from their odometer, like many do now for pay-as-you-drive insurance. Others may use their own navigation unit or On-Star, Ford’s Sync or other factory installed telematics. ODOT is developing a non-technology option as well that will likely involve buying miles ahead of use. Still others may want to pay a flat annual tax—buying essentially an unlimited number of miles—to avoid the reporting system altogether.

This new system will be open to ensure it can evolve along with changes in the marketplace. Further, the new concept envisions ODOT will outsource most of the system functions. This means private sector entities will obtain certifications to provide technologies, data collection, tax processing and account management. The role of ODOT would largely be reduced to auditing and enforcement.

New Pilot Program and Related Research

In 2011, as RUFTF pursued legislation applying a distanced-based charge to electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, several questions arose. What are the on board unit options for reporting mileage and how expensive will they be to acquire? What will the new system cost to administer? How burdensome will the new system be? How many people will buy electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles?

The 2011 Legislative Assembly passed HB 2138 to direct RUFTF to consider additional factors when proposing pilot programs to ODOT. Last fall, RUFTF adopted new policies directing ODOT to run a new three month pilot program beginning in September to demonstrate the rudiments of the new open system. RUFTF also endorsed a research program to conduct a fleet forecast, to determine system costs, individual compliance costs and the impact upon rural an urban drivers. Results from this research and the pilot program will become available over the next several months.

In March 2012, ODOT issued a Request for Proposals to provide on board unit technologies, data collection, tax processing and account management services for this fall’s pilot program. In April, ODOT received ten proposals from consortiums totaling 18 companies. ODOT is currently in the process of selecting the winning bids and negotiating contracts. ODOT will have up to 50 volunteers for the pilot. This group will consist of ODOT management, RUFTF members, Oregon Transportation Commissioners and other VIPs, including members of the Oregon Legislature.

Volunteers for the pilot will actually pay a charge for miles driven during the pilot at a rate of 1.56 cents per mile. This rate was identified by the House Revenue Committee during the 2011 session as equivalent to what the average light vehicle driver pays in fuel taxes. Participants will also receive a refund or offset of approximated fuel tax paid during the period of the pilot. The states of Nevada and Washington will join Oregon’s pilot with their own volunteer participants.

In August, the volunteers will receive simple training on the system and install—or have installed—an on board unit of their choice. It appears at this point as though motorists will choose from among at least three on board unit options. One option will be similar to the snapshot device used by the Progressive Insurance Company. It has no GPS technology contained within it and reports all miles driven. We call this the Basic OBU. You will not want this choice if you drive a lot of miles out of state. A second option will involve the Basic OBU but it will have the ability to wirelessly connect to an Android smart phone so the motorist can exclude miles driven out of state. Those with an Android smart phone will download an APP and synchronize it to the Basic OBU. We call this the Bluetooth Connection. A third option will involve a GPS unit that can perform other Internet cloud-based functions similar to a smart phone or in-vehicle telematics. We call this the GPS Services option. Because this pilot will demonstrate a rudimentary system, we will not have available all technologies that could be used. For example, we don’t have an iPhone APP available yet nor do we have the ability for motorists to use factory installed telematics like GM’s On-Star, Ford’s Syncs and Nissan’s Car Wings. Those opportunities, and many others, will come in later demonstrations.

After making the on board unit selections, motorists will choose from two tax processors/account management providers. One will take the role of ODOT and provide basic payment services. The other will take the role of a private sector Certified Service Provider and provide more sophisticated payment services including access to online services.

The purpose of providing the volunteers choices is to demonstrate the rudiments of a new mileage charging system that is built upon an open marketplace. This pilot test will offer a peek into a future system whereby motorists will be responsible for choosing how they report their miles—from certified options, of course—and also their account management provider. Ultimately, participating motorists will have the ability to choose technologies they already use for other purposes and familiar account management providers as well.

Conclusion

Legislators are invited to join the pilot. ODOT believes experiencing the new road charging system will inform participants of the viability of a future system of charging by the mile and remove doubt about the state’s ability to implement an acceptable system that will generate revenue for our transportation system.

Activities to Date

RFP responses currently under review

The Oregon Department of Transportation invited multiple contractors to provide equipment and services related to conducting a road usage charge pilot program; the RFP deadline was April 17, 2012. The pilot, set to run later this year, will demonstrate that the proposed Road Usage Charge (RUC) system is viable, that the key system concepts and features are valid, and that the vendor community has the ability to provide and implement the system components required to operate an effective, efficient and open RUC System.

National, international interest in exploring “per mile fee”

ODOT received more than two dozen responses to its request for information related to road usage charge/mileage tax recently. The RFI (#00061) released on February 7, 2012, sought information from manufacturers and suppliers of mileage-based road use charging equipment, processes, and systems. It was a preliminary step in continuing the department’s investigation into the feasibility of a per-mile fee for electric and other non-fossil-fuel vehicles.

“It’s great to see the amount of interest in the marketplace,” said James Whitty, manager of ODOT’s Office of Innovative Partnerships. “I am also extremely pleased to see the mature level of industry technology and systems that will help inform the design of our next pilot project.”

ODOT intends to issue a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) and select one or more suppliers for implementing a demonstration system in support of a Road Usage Charge Pilot Project (RUCPP). These activities will allow companies to showcase their relevant qualifications and technologies and systems for mileage taxation systems to Oregon and other interested states. The results of the RUCPP will provide state decision makers essential information regarding the ultimate design and structure of a statewide (and possibly multi-state) mileage taxation system.

“Over the past several years, the marketplace for a mileage tax system and the thinking necessary to implement such a system has transitioned from conceptual to practical and viable solutions,” Whitty said. “This outpouring of interest demonstrates Oregon is on track to provide an acceptable range of choices for the public under an open architecture while offering a simple and understandable mileage tax system in Oregon and other interested states.”

As part of the RFI process, ODOT conducted an informational meeting, followed by 19 one-on-one sessions with representatives from the vendor community. Official RFI responses were due February 23, 2012, and ODOT received 28 RFI responses in support of the RUCPP, comprising 14 domestic, nine multinational and five international vendors:

1.Accenture

2.ACS

3.Banc Pass

4.Battelle

5.Brisa

6.CS America

7.Drive Sync

8.EROAD

9.GMV

10.IBI

11.IBM

12.Infosys/Skymeter

13.INRIX

14.Intel

15.Kapsch

16.Octo Telematics

17.Oracle

18.Raytheon

19.Samsung/FS

20.Sanef

21.Savari

22.Siemens

23.Telanon

24.Telvent

25.Tollink

26.Tollplus

27.Transcore

28.Verizon

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‘Consentimiento es sexy!’

Cha. Cha. Charity!

In recognition of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Catholic Charities Project UNICA visited area nightclubs, including Andrea’s Cha Cha Club, in Portland to host “Nights of Consent” on April 19 and 20. Project UNICA staff greeted patrons at club entry points and used a hand-stamp reading, “Consent is Sexy” to promote and engage them in prevention of sexual assault.

Only Ed Baker gets it right:

“Let me get this straight. A “Catholic” organization is promoting the grave evil of fornication as an alternative to the grave evil of rape. Did it even occur to anyone at Oregon “Catholic” Charities to be courageous enough to promote virtue?”

No Ed, it didn’t.

According to the Catholic Charities press release:

“It’s important for people to know that without consent for sexual contact, it is rape; we are all responsible for keeping night clubs safe environments [?] where women don’t have to guard their drink or feel threatened,” said Project UNICA Program Manager Karen Janes.

Project UNICA staff hosted “Nights of Consent” at the following locations:

• Thursday, April 19 at Andrea’s Cha Cha Club, located at 832 S.E. Grand Ave. in Portland, from 10 p.m. to close
• Friday April 20 at Casa Colima, located at 6319 S.W. Capitol Hwy. in Portland, from 10 p.m. to close

Well, of course, all this doesn’t make sense according to the catechism. But if we Catholics are all now responsible for keeping nightclub’s, like Andrea’s Cha Cha Club a safe environment for patrons, (assuming that means ALL patrons), then I say it’s time to create “Coronary’s Are Cool” stamps for Guy’s like Albert here…

ED NOTE: There is no Catholic edict against social dancing found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The subject herein is the offense of a Catholic organization promoting pre-marital sex, which according to Catholic teaching is fornication–Fornication “is carnal union between an unmarried man and an unmarried woman. It is gravely contrary to the dignity of persons and of human sexuality which is naturally ordered to the good of spouses and the generation and education of children. Moreover, it is a grave scandal when there is corruption of the young.” [CCC 2353]

And guess who goes to bars?

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Portland Occupier — “I’ve got a solution, man, let’s go get guns”

Not sure why St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, in the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, is supporting this movement known as Occupy Portland, but it shouldn’t.

Portland, Oregon, Sunday, 4.22.12

After being warned by Central Precinct sergeants about attempting to re-occupy Chapman Park, OWS protesters not only harass and spit at cops, but one guy even goes so far as to suggest that they go get guns. Later in the evening a 15-year-old is arrested and the scene then spirals out-of-control, especially for one citizen filming the horde and their crimes of vandalism to public property.

Video 1

In Video 1 below, an unnamed Central Precinct officer remains patient and professional despite obnoxious verbiage spewing forth from the mouths of Occupy Portland cohorts.

Video 2

In Video 2, Portland officers walk away amid insults. Towards the end of this clip you can hear an occupier state, “I’ve got a solution, man, let’s go get guns”.

Video 3

In Video 3, A citizen filming crimes almost takes a punch by the “peace and Justice” horde, known as Occupy Portland.

This blog thanks Portland Police officers for their professionalism, patience and self-control. You can too, following the story below:

On Saturday, April 21, 2012 at about 11:00 p.m. Portland Police officers assigned to Central Precinct became aware of a group attempting to re-occupy Chapman Square. PPB supervisors went to Chapman Square and observed approximately 30 people congregating in the middle of the park.
At 11:30 p.m. Central Precinct sergeants walked through the park and contacted the group telling them the park closed to the public at midnight. The group responded with argumentative and aggressive behavior, shouting, “who’s park? Our park,” and “lets go back to our home!”

Chief Michael Reese and Mayor Sam Adams were informed of the clear intention by this group to “reoccupy” Chapman Square. Per their direction, Central Precinct Command, Sergeants, and Officers entered the park and told the group the park was closed, that had to leave, and if they did not leave they would be booked in jail. PPB personnel communicated their understanding that “reoccupying the park” was a political statement that could result in arrests, which could be performed peacefully and respectfully.

After this message was communicated, demonstrators became hostile, argumentative, and defiant and refused to leave the park. They were told they would be given a short time to voluntarily leave and anyone that remained in the park after its closure would be arrested. After further discussion between the group and Central Precinct officers, all members of the group left the park voluntarily. While the group left the park, they remained gathered just outside the park on the southwest corner of Fourth Avenue and SW Madison. On that corner, demonstrators became mildly aggressive and repeatedly threatened that the real confrontation would happen on May Day (May 1st). May Day is traditionally an opportunity for labor groups and activists to peacefully protest throughout Portland. This year, many sources have indicated that some groups are interested in causing more extreme civil unrest through more direct, disruptive action. PPB officers understood the threats of this group to signify their intention to cause direct civil disobedience on May 1st.

Based on the initial compliance with park rules, officers were able to withdraw from the park and attend to more pressing public safety matters. Some officers remained in the area to monitor the demonstrators who chose to not reenter the park. However a short time later, an officer reported seeing one of the demonstrators re-enter Chapman Square then go on to climb on the elk statue in the middle of Southwest Main. During Occupy Portland’s occupation of Chapman and Lownsdale Squares, the Elk Statue was considerably damaged. Donations through the Regional Arts Council had refurbished the elk at great expense. The demonstrator also tore down some of the green temporary fencing in the park. Officers responded by taking the demonstrator into custody.

Once in custody, officers learned that the demonstrator is a 15-year- old. The 15-year-old was referred to Juvenile Court on Trespass in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, Interfering with a Police Officer and charged with a city code related to being on the statue (20.12.070). This was the 15-year-old’s second Occupy related arrest and he was released to his mother.

In advance of May Day, the Portland Police Bureau and Mayor Sam Adams want to remind the community that demonstrations of free speech are an important part of our community. However, violations of the law will not be tolerated. We encourage the community to work with PPB representatives to ensure a peaceful and safe event.

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Public Information Officer:
Lt. Robert King
Robert.King@portlandoregon.gov
Desk: 503-823-0010
Pager: 503-790-1779
Alternate PIO:
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Peter.Simpson@portlandoregon.gov
Desk: 503-823-0830
Pager: 503-790-1779

Diocese of Baker: New Bishop-elect Liam Cary — What to expect?

How truly happy our family is for Fr. Liam Cary, whom Pope Benedict XVI named today Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Baker, Oregon. Bishop-elect Cary, of course, replaces the revered Bishop Robert Vasa, who took over as Bishop of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, California, in 2011. And, in case your wondering dear Bakerites what to expect from your new Bishop, there’s 3 points that come to mind from personal experience:

1. Holy.

2. Great confessor and healer of hearts.

AND,

3.  Well, here’s a video clue– ‘Humanae Vitae: 40 Years Later…’

(NOTE: As I recall, our family attended this Mass, and there was muted grumbling coming from a woman in front of us. Which, for us, only proved the point of the homily itself.) Give a listen…

USCCB ANNOUNCEMENT:

March 8, 2012

WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named 64-year-old Father Liam Stephen Cary, pastor of St. Mary Church in Eugene, Oregon, as bishop of the Diocese of Baker, Oregon.

The appointment was publicized in Washington, March 8, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop-elect Cary succeeds Bishop Robert Vasa, who was named co-adjutor bishop of Santa Rosa, California, in January 2011, and became Bishop of Santa Rosa the following June. Bishop William Skylstad, retired bishop of Spokane, Washington, has been apostolic administrator of the Baker Diocese since Bishop Vasa was named to Santa Rosa.

Liam Stephen Cary was born August 21, 1947, in Prineville, Oregon. He studied for the priesthood at North American College, Rome, and earned a bachelor’s degree and a licentiate in sacred theology from the Gregorian University in Rome.

He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon in 1992.

Assignments after ordination included parochial vicar, St. Joseph Parish, Salem, Oregon, 1992-1995; archdiocesan vocation director, 1995-1999; pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, 1999-2011; and pastor, St. Mary Church, Eugene, Oregon, 2011-present.

The Baker Diocese includes almost 67,000 square miles in Oregon and has a population of 526,760 people, of whom 34,375, or seven percent, are Catholic.