New Orleans bishop attempting to “reclaim” Sundays for more traditional Catholic purposes

After months of nudging Catholics to reclaim Sunday as a day to attend Mass and spend time with family, New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond is mandating that Catholic schools clear their calendars that day each week.

Aymond began asking schools last year to tweak practice schedules and reschedule social events so harried families could dedicate their Sundays to worshipping and staying close to home. This year, the request took on new urgency, and by the 2014-15 school year, it will be an official policy of the archdiocese.

“It’s rooted in the fact that people have a number of obligations and commitments. Our society is fast-paced,” Aymond said. “In living such a hectic life, people neglect sometimes, not purposefully, the very basics of faith and family.”

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New Orleans paddling controversy: Not so much about the paddle. It’s about rights … and tradition.

The archbishop “is trying to fix something that’s not broken, and he’s going about it in the wrong way,” said Jacob Washington, the student body president at the historically black school.

The protesters called on the archbishop to issue a “public, unequivocal retraction … of all statements linking St. Augustine disciplinary policies with violence, particularly in the New Orleans community.”

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Reader feedback on New Orleans “paddling” controversy

Posted by MB, in response to:

New Orleans parents take Archbishop Gregory Aymond to the woodshed over “paddling” issue.

My son is a student at St. Augustine and I am a 1968 graduate of this great school.

I totally support all of the disciplinary methods at St. Aug including paddling. I participated in the protest march to the Archdiocese yesterday, and I support the unanimous opposition of the St. Aug community to the slanderous and disingenuous remarks of Archbishop Aymond.

The likes of Archbishop Aymond did not make St. Aug great, rather they have always represented its racist opposition since the school was founded in 1951 because the segregated New Orleans Catholic schools, including the Cor Jesu High School from which Gregory Aymond graduated, did not accept Blacks.

It was the likes of such great people as Father Matthew O’Rourke, Father Robert Grant, Father Joseph Verret, Father Charles Hall, Mr. Edwin Hampton, Mr. Nick Connors, Father McManus, Father Pavlak, Father Keenan, Father Phillip Berrigan, and the thousands of parents of all the students who have attended St.Aug, who all used or supported the use of the paddle as one of several disciplinary measures.

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New Orleans parents take Archbishop Gregory Aymond to the woodshed over “paddling” issue.

NEW ORLEANS — More than 500 students, parents and other supporters of a Roman Catholic high school under fire for its use of corporal punishment marched to the New Orleans Archdiocese buildings Saturday to ask the archbishop to retract statements he has made opposing the practice of paddling.

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Archbishop Hughes avoids Xavier commencement over pro-abortion speaker

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.- Archbishop of New Orleans Alfred Hughes, reiterating his “disappointment” with Xavier University of Louisiana, has said that he will not attend the school’s commencement exercises, saying pro-abortion rights strategist Donna Brazile’s appearance as its spring 2009 commencement speaker contradicts support for those “in their mother’s wombs.” Archbishop Hughes expressed his objections in an April 22 letter to Dr. Norman C. Francis, President of Xavier University, writing:

“It is with regret that I make the decision not to participate in the Commencement Exercises this year at Xavier University in light of the university’s decision to invite Ms. Donna Brazile to be the Commencement speaker and receive an honorary degree. Ms. Brazile has a public record in support of keeping abortion legal.”

He cited the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) 2004 document “Catholics in Political Life,” which said Catholic institutions “should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles.”

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