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Skurla, Wuerl on the family synod

Written by Peter Smith on .

It's surely a coincidence that the Vatican's synod on the family began just a day before the U.S. Supreme Court all but signaled that same-sex marriage would be the legal norm in America.

 

As I noted in my story Sunday, the synod comes as Catholic tradition on the family is already a tough sell even among Catholics.

 

Archbishop William Skurla of the Byzantine Eparchy of Pittsburgh acknowledged that the Roman Catholic Church's traditional view on marriage is practically a minority viewpoint now. And that, he told Vatican Radio, isn't the only challenge. These days, families that stay together, pay together. People whose marriages are broken are often financially broke as well.

 

Vatican Radio reported on Archbishop Skurla's comments in an interview. He's one of the select group of delegates there.

 

“it is more difficult to speak to the world, because always we have to explain our position as almost a minority understanding of the place of the family in society today.”

Another challenge he cited is that which results a lack of permanence, with families frequently moving from place to place. “It creates an atmosphere where there is not the same kind of support that we had, say, thirty, or forty, or fifty years ago from the family in the community that people are trying to raise their children in.”

The archbishop also highlighted a third challenge which pertains to stability caused by the economic status of the family. “A change during the last twenty years,” he said, “is that the more stable families are actually the more successful [financially] families,” while those that “have to struggle economically have more difficulty in staying together.”

Also a delegate is Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., native and former bishop of Pittsburgh.

 

Cardinal Wuerl told Vatican Radio not to "expect sound bite solutions” to today's family challenges:

 

“The secular world, the secular vision doesn’t have a lot of space for a relationship with God, or a transcendent reality beyond us … that world has created a individualism and a self-referential world that doesn’t leave a lot of space for a healthy marriage and a family life that is going to follow on from that”.

 

 

And to Catholic News Service he said of the debate over communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics:

"The reception of Communion is not a doctrinal position. It's a pastoral application of the doctrine.... Just to repeat the practice of the past without any effort to see whether there is some awareness, openness, influence of the Spirit that might be helping us in total continuity with our past practice to find a new direction today."

 

 

 

 

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Selective service, selective facts

On a day when one more poll showed a big deficit for Gov. Tom Corbett, the campaign for governor took a puzzling detour through history Tuesday as allies of the governor's campaign sought to raise questions about the nearly half century old draft record of Democratic nominee Tom Wolf.

In a Grant Street press conference conjuring echoes of the Swift...

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A year wiser, Maatta still competing for playing time - 10-07-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Much like last preseason, Olli Maatta's place on the Penguins' roster is in question.

Unlike last preseason, Maatta's place on the Penguins roster is questionable for a very different reason.

While head coach Mike Johnston was optimistic over Maatta's availability for Thursday's season opening game against the Ducks, the second-year defenseman from Finland is still awaiting medical clearance to play after recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

Maatta, 20, credited Craig Adams and Sidney Crosby will challenging him physically in practice in order to test the sturdiness of his shoulder.

“[Adams] has been throwing the body out there and that’s a good thing,” Maatta said. “When you go against him, and Sid obviously, you know if you can go against them, you’re close.”

Yesterday, Maatta talked about the differences between his first and second seasons:

What do you know about being an NHLer now that you didn't know a year ago?

"Well, the season is going to be long. Definitely, it increases how important taking care of your body is, getting your rest. At the same time, you still got to be able to work a little bit harder at the beginning of the season to get your conditioning … so the peak is at the end of the season."

Did you wear down as last season wore on?

"Oh, definitely. It’s mentally and physically … it’s hard. With the Olympics too, it was a long season. I’m used to working out a lot during the season. In juniors, you don’t have as many games. The tempo isn’t as intensive. Here, it’s basically every second day you have to give your best. Give all out. Play all out. When you have a day off, basically you’re supposed to stretch out, get in the cold tub. Just make sure you recover. Not lift again. I work out like I did last year, but you have to make sure you get that in there too. It’s a lot about being a professional athlete."

What is different about this preseason compared to last year from the standpoint of knowing your place on the roster? Last year, you weren't sure if you'd still play here or go back to London of the OHL. This year, you know you'll be on the NHL roster even though you're working your way back from shoulder surgery.

"I don’t know if it’s different because I’m still competing for the ice time. That’s what everybody is doing here. New coaches. New staff. There’s not free spots here and you definitely want to make sure you make a good impression and make sure you play well so you can play in all the situations out there."

What do you know about life off the ice and playing in Pittsburgh that you didn't know a year ago?

"It’s a hockey town. It’s lots of pressure here. Everybody knows about the Penguins. It’s a good thing. I rather play for a team that has a goal to win and is capable of doing that."

Do you feel like a veteran now?

"No. Not like veteran but you know the teammates. You know what their like. It’s easier to come into a locker room. It really feels like you’re part of the team. You feel comfortable here."

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Coalition pushes education funding reform

From the Monday files:

HARRISBURG -- A coalition of business, education and community groups gathered Monday at the Capitol to kick off a campaign for fair and predictable funding for K-12 education.

The group, The Campaign for Fair Education Funding, launches its public effort as a state commission holds hearings around the state on how...

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Cloud Nothings are a force of nature

Written by Scott Mervis on .

CloudSome other things came up in the past week or so -- like finally getting away after the crazy summer concert season -- so I never posted anything about the Cloud Nothings show at the Pitt Student Union from Sept. 26.

Wanted to share some thoughts on it before it got ridiculously stale because this one has a good shot at cracking the Top 10 concert list:

-- First of all, kudos to the WPTS (92.1 FM) for bringing in one of the better indie-rock bands on the circuit right now. It reminded me of seeing the likes of Violent Femmes and the Psychedelic Furs back in the day when I went to Pitt. This was also comparable to 'PTS doing No Age there in 2012.

-- Kudos to Cleveland for producing a band that is this much of a force on stage. I realize that two guys can make a lot of noise (No Age being a perfect example), but at times it was hard to believe it was only three producing this wall of sound. Much of it had to do with Dylan Baldi's guitar thrash, but, my goodness, the intensity, speed and precision of drummer Jayson Gerycz. He blew away most of the drummers I've seen this year, and bassist TJ Duke is no slouch either. This is tight, fierce power trio.

-- Led by Baldi, an introverted yet stormy frontman, Cloud Nothings managed to find a great middle ground between classic '80s post-punk/noise bands Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr. and the Replacements. If you cherish those bands, you owe it to yourself to check them out.

-- Cloud Nothings did a big chunk of the new album, "Here and Nowhere Else" ("I'm Not Part of Me" and "Now Hear In" being among the highlights), but the killer songs still came from 2012's "Attack on Memory," with the bratty "Stay Useless," dirgy "No Future/No Past" and explosive closer "Wasted Days."

-- It's a shame the crowd took up only about one-third of the ballroom ... but, you know, no alcohol to be had there. Cloud Nothings don't seem like the perfect fit for stage-divers, given Baldi's more indie aesthetic and internal/mopey songwriting, but it didn't stop people. Neither did the fact that there weren't many people to catch them. Hope no one got hurt in the pit, but it would be a miracle if there weren't a few bumps and bruises. Hopefully, this band can rise to Stage AE level at some point, with more bodies below the stage.

Here is the set list:

Now Hear In

Stay Useless 

Psychic Trauma 

Fall In 

Separation 

Pattern Walks

Quieter Today 

No Future/No Past 

Giving Into Seeing 

Cut You 

I'm Not Part of Me 

Wasted Days

 

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