Bishop Ricken meets JOSHUA, ESTHER Catholic core members

Bishop commends good work, urges ecumenical involvement, expresses concerns

bishop_rickenBishop David L. Ricken on March 24 met with about 60 Catholic core team members of JOSHUA and ESTHER.

Bishop Ricken commended the good works of both groups, particularly in the areas of advocating for the homeless and for immigrants. He also encouraged Catholic attendees to continue collaborating with people of other faiths on matters of common interest.

In a 45-minute presentation, Bishop Ricken and other diocesan leaders talked about the importance and the benefits of interfaith collaboration. Specifically, Bishop Ricken stated his hope that Catholics will continue to partner with members of JOSHUA and ESTHER.
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Bishop calls meeting with JOSHUA, ESTHER

Local organizations' good works praised; concerns remain with national foundation

Last Fall, Bishop David L. Ricken became aware of some inconsistencies between the principles of the Gamaliel Foundation and the teachings of the Catholic Church. The Gamaliel Foundation’s affiliate organization in Wisconsin is WISDOM; two local affiliates of WISDOM are JOSHUA in Green Bay and ESTHER in the Fox Cities. About 18 Catholic parishes belong to either JOSHUA or ESTHER.

On Feb. 19, Bishop Ricken sent a letter inviting Catholic leaders of JOSHUA and ESTHER to meet with him, in person, to affirm the good works of JOSHUA and ESTHER and to discuss the situation. His letter is as follows.
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Health Care Reform Bill

Bishops seek moral, real national reform

As long-time advocates of health care reform, the U.S. Catholic bishops continue to make the moral case for genuine health care reform that will protect the life, dignity, consciences and health of all, especially the poor and vulnerable. As debate continues in the Senate, the Bishops are keeping a close watch on the issues. Learn more about the health care debate, the latest developments, and what the Church is doing to promote just and moral national health care through the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.


 
Diocese Reviews Grant Details

Initial check shows awards support Church teachings

On Nov. 12, 2009, the Diocese of Green Bay became aware of concerns involving the Gamaliel Foundation and its state umbrella group called WISDOM. It appears that the groups had been associated with Health Care for American Now (HCAN), which on Nov. 7, 2009, began to advocate for the inclusion of abortion coverage. It is our understanding that, earlier this week, both groups notified HCAN to withdraw their membership. This is of interest to the Diocese of Green Bay because two local groups, JOSHUA and ESTHER, have associations with Gamaliel and WISDOM.
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H1N1/swine flu information
On Oct. 7, 2009, the Diocese of Green Bay distributed to all 158 parishes some additional guidance regarding the Sign of Peace and the Communion Cup during the flu season. At the request of Bishop David Ricken, here are some additional materials to consider:
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Economic downturn

Bishop asks parishes to respond to those in need

bishopBishop David L. Ricken is asking Catholics to help families and individuals who are feeling fearful, uncertain, and anxious because of the economic downturn.

"It is in the face of times like these that the Church, and especially parishes, are called to respond with pastoral care and loving concern in whatever ways that it can," Bishop Ricken said.

To help make this possible, the Diocese of Green Bay has put together a packet of helpful ideas, programs, and resource materials.
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