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Surviving government shutdown

Posted February 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

By Debbie Shelley

The Catholic Commentator  

Two days after FBI agent John Rothleutner and his wife welcomed their third child, the federal government shut down due to dissension over the budget. 

Jackalyn Richmond picks up supplies from Catholic Charities and the Junior League in a distribution the organizations held as a “thank you” to federal employees for the services they provide as they struggle to financially recover from the federal government shutdown. Photo by Debbie Shelley | The Catholic Commentator

 

Working without pay during the shutdown put stressors on Rothleutner’s family. 

“That’s frustrating for us,” said Rothleutner, who has worked more than five years for the FBI. “We had

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    Bishop wants to listen, learn, understand

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Listening, learning and understanding – those are the main things Bishop Michael G. Duca wants to do as he begins to fully integrate himself into two organizations that began before he became bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge in August: the Office of Black Catholics and the Commission on Racial Harmony.  

    Father Joshua Johnson, pictured far left, and Father Tom Clark

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    Scouts celebrated at Mass

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    With a simple, but moving performance of the National Anthem by the St. Joseph Cathedral choir, a tradition that had been dormant for “many, many years” in the Diocese of Baton Rouge was restored.  

     

    Bishop Michael G. Duca greets scouts following Mass on Feb. 3 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge.  Photos by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator 

     

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    A CALL TO PRAYER

    Finding peace in wake of abuse scandal 

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Anger, pain, confusion and heartbreak over abuse and broken trust surface through tears and cries for help. These were among the feelings expressed, especially among parents, regarding the clergy sexual abuse scandal according to Becky Eldredge and Stephanie Clouatre Davis, retreat facilitators and co-founders of Women at the Well.  

    As parents, they struggled themselves to

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    St. Joseph Spirituality Center to close

    The trustees of St. Joseph Spirituality Center and the Sisters of St. Joseph who sponsor the center announced it will cease operations June 30.

    The center was opened 35 years ago out of the need for spiritual opportunities that were not  being provided by anyone else, executive director Dianne Hanley said in  al letter. She added that need changed as parishes and other organizations began providing more spiritual programs and opportunities, and because of that shift, the main work of the center became spiritual direction.

    Hanley said the board realizes that some things, like the ministry of spiritual direction, can, and will

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    CELEBRATION


    Couple’s love is 65 years strong
    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Their eyes met, yet no words were necessary.  

     

    Roy Kliebert looks lovingly at his wife Marie outside of the home where they’ve lived for 59 years. The couple has been married 65 years and will be honored at the Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass and celebration at St. George Church in Baton Rouge on Feb. 10.

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    Stand firm on the word of God

    Remarkable events in the life of Jesus resound in the Mass Readings of the Fourth and Fifth Sundays in Ordinary Time. Most significant is the word of God, of which we are to know, live and proclaim. Many are hesitant for feelings of unworthiness because of sin. Others proclaim, yet receive rejection. Fear holds many from the mission. How can we understand the call and live out the mission given to us by the word of God?  

    The call  

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    Pro-life leaders speak out on New York law

    Posted February 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    New York state’s recently adopted legislation allowing abortion up until the time of birth, and a similar proposal in Virginia that went even a step further has sparked outrage from pro-life leaders on the local and nationals levels.

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    U.S. Supreme Court stays Louisiana abortion law

    Posted February 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Special to The Catholic Commentator

    A U.S. Supreme Court decision granting a Shreveport abortion facility an emergency stay was disappointing for pro-life officials who remain optimistic the Louisiana law will ultimately be enacted.

    On Feb. 8, the nation’s high court delayed Louisiana’s attempt to enforce

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    Religious celebrate anniversaries

    Posted February 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    As the church grapples with many challenges, candles flickered in St. Joseph Chapel in the Catholic Life Center, testifying to the

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    A TIME OF HEALING

    Posted February 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Duca: A new level of transparency 
    Bonny Van and Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Just days after releasing the names of all priests, a bishop and one former

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    A CALL TO PRAYER

    Posted February 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Finding peace in wake of abuse scandal 

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Anger, pain, confusion and heartbreak over abuse and broken trust

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    MEMORIAL OAK

    Posted February 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    On Jan. 31, in conjunction with Baton Rouge Green’s Arbor Day, St. Jean Vianney Church in Baton Rouge hosted the planting of a memorial oak tree in honor of John Melancon, who was actively involved

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    Scouts celebrated at Mass

    Posted February 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    With a simple, but moving performance of the National Anthem by the St. Joseph Cathedral choir, a tradition that had been dormant for “many, many years”

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    Surviving government shutdown

    Posted February 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Two days after FBI agent John Rothleutner and his wife welcomed their third child, the federal government shut down due to dissension over the budget. 

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    COMMISSION ON RACIAL HARMONY

    Posted February 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Michael G. Duca, pictured far right, listens to discussions at a meeting of the Diocesan Commission on Racial Harmony. Also attending the meeting, pictured clockwise from the bishop, were Father Rick Andrus, pastor of St.

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    State pro-life leaders applaud decision

    Posted February 1, 2019 at 12:00 am

    From staff reports

    The Cathiolic Commentator

    Late last year, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the Louisiana law requiring abortion physicians to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. That law, the 2014 Act 620 authored by Rep. Katrina Jackson, will

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    HOME SWEET HOME

    Posted February 1, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    When Gabby Wicks and her two sons arrived at the home she had been working on through Habitat for Humanity of Greater

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    St. Vincent de Paul announces chapel plans

    Posted February 1, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Tucked away in a mid-city neighborhood dotted by homelessness, low-income properties and occasional spats of violence, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has been

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    Father Mascarella remembered

    Posted February 1, 2019 at 12:00 am

    From staff reports

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Blind and fiercely committed to his priesthood, Father Patrick J. Mascarella had more than a heightened sense of touch that helped him orientate himself in

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    CELEBRATION

    Posted February 1, 2019 at 12:00 am


    Couple’s love is 65 years strong
    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

     

    Their eyes met, yet no words were necessary.  

    Roy

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    OFFICER INSTALLATION 

    Posted February 1, 2019 at 12:00 am

    On Jan. 13 Knights of Peter Claver Louisiana State Conference President Reginald Berry administered the oath of office to Wilfred B. Ricard Council/Court #116 officers. The ceremony was held at Immaculate Conception Church

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    Catholics called to evangelization

    Posted February 1, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Dr. Allen Hunt often pictures brown pelicans when he thinks about evangelization. In a talk before a standing room only crowd

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    SPECIAL BLESSING

    Posted February 1, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Michael G. Duca is shown with Father Tom Clark  SJ at Immaculate Conception  in Scotlandville on Jan. 27. The bishop celebrated Mass in the parish’s activity center, then blessed the renovation project going on in the church. Renovations

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    Legacy continues at St. George School

    Posted February 1, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Gathered around the kitchen table in the Highland Road home in Baton Rouge where they grew up, sisters Margie Harelson Windham, Janice Harelson Troxclair, Dottie Harelson

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    Public defenders underfunded

    Posted January 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    Money to pay for public defense attorneys in Louisiana is slowly drying up, according to Richard Pittman, deputy public defender with the Louisiana Public Defender Board. He said funding comes from a combination of state money and local revenue, “the

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    Holiday joy can lead to the blues

    Posted January 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    The tree is down, those joyful memories of Christmas morning buried in the brown needles that seem to hang around seemingly until spring.

    The Nativity has been stowed and the outdoor decorations shoved back into the cramped attic.

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    Father LeDoux dies

    Posted January 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator   

    Father Jerome LeDoux SVD, former columnist for The Catholic Commentator and who previously served as pastor at St. Paul

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    Interim principal named at Sacred Heart

    Posted January 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Baton Rouge has appointed Carolyn Guidry as interim principal, succeeding principal C.J. Laird who announced his resignation from the school in December.

    Guidry’s appointment was effective Jan. 7.

    It was also announced that Cecilia Methvin, a former assistant

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