Bishop McElroy addresses SMC community, invites audience to vote faithfully

first_imgSaint Mary’s hosted Bishop Robert McElroy who spoke in a lecture titled “Voting as an Authentic Disciple” Tuesday evening — a talk centered around voting and considering political issues as Catholic voters. The event was sponsored by Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry, the Office for Civic and Social Engagement, the Center for Spirituality and Notre Dame Campus Ministry. Genevieve Coleman | The Observer Bishop Robert McElroy spoke to a virtual audience Tuesday evening about how to vote as a Catholic in the upcoming election.To begin the talk, Saint Mary’s campus minister Fr. Steve Newton introduced College President Katie Conboy who spoke about the importance of having honest conversations about voting, especially as a part of Saint Mary’s mission.“Events like this one are so important as we enter the final weeks before the election,” Conboy said. “These events serve as a great reminder, not only of Saint Mary’s mission to promote a life of social responsibility but also of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and their tireless work for social justice.”Conboy then welcomed McElroy, the author of two books on religion’s place in civic discourse and several articles about Catholic social teaching, who currently serves in the Diocese of San Diego.McElroy acknowledged how Catholic voters can feel isolated from a divisive two-party system that does not accept all parts of Church teaching.“The faithful Catholic voter is automatically homeless in our political world, never feeling at peace with the specific constellations that her party has chosen to accept and certainly never feeling at peace with the partisan tribalism in both Democratic and Republican cultures that forms our politics and our nation,” he said.McElroy said voters must evaluate candidates based on the values found in Catholic social teaching. While some voters believe there is only one central issue in the 2020 election cycle, like abortion, climate change or racial discrimination, McElroy argued that one issue does not define how to vote correctly.“It falls on the faithful Catholics in their own conscience to bring Catholic social teaching in its entirety to bear on their voting choices to us deeply and without partisanship or self-interest … There is no single issue, which in Catholic teaching constitutes a ‘magic bullet’ that determines a unitary option for faith-filled voting in 2020,” McElroy said. McElroy believes voting requires reflection on which candidates will further Catholic social teaching.“Voting for candidates ultimately involves choosing a candidate for public office, not a stance, nor a specific teaching of the Church,” he said. “And for this reason, faithful voting involves careful consideration of the specific ability of a particular candidate to actually advance the common core [of Catholic beliefs] and in making this assessment leadership, competence and character all come into play, particularly in the election of a president.”Speaking specifically on candidate character, McElroy said the personal qualities of leaders hold great importance, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.“The pandemic will be wrenching at every dimension of our national life for a long time to come,” he said. “The personal qualities of our president and congressional leadership will greatly impact whether these coming years will be a time of increased suffering and division or a time of healing and unity.”McElroy also condemned those who deny candidates’ Catholic identity because of their stance on specific political issues.“Being Catholic means trying to transform the world by the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” he said. “To reduce that magnificent multi-dimensional gift of God’s love to a single question of public policy is repugnant and should have no place in public discourse. In the end, it is the candidate on the ballot, not a specific issue.”When discerning which candidates to cast their ballot for, McElroy said Catholic voters should exercise the use of the virtue prudence.“It is prudence that immediately guides the judgment of conscience and Catholic social teaching,” he said. “Prudence is called the charioteer of the virtues. It keeps the virtues all in balance and it provides insights of moral perspectives for the disciples confronting ethically complex problems.”As long as prudence and prayerful consideration is used in voters’ decisions, McElroy states it is legitimate for Catholics to re-elect President Donald Trump or vote for former Vice President Joe Biden.“This is a decision which falls rightfully and fully to the individual and informed conscience of believers and — if exercised in this manner — will be a moment of grace for the voter and for our nation rebuilding our political culture,” he said.McElroy said voters will not only be responsible for voting this year but also for looking into solutions to troubling national political behavior and culture .“The primary responsibility of the faithful citizen is to exercise their right to vote having discerned in their conscience the choices presented to them in light of the Gospel and the teaching of the Church,” he said. “This year, there will be an additional and similarly paramount responsibility of faithful citizens which will occur after the election, in the imperative to transform and rebuild our broken political culture.”To fix the country’s flawed political culture, McElroy spoke about the importance of the virtues of compassion, solidarity, and dialogue, and said compassion is critical to tending to human suffering.“We must follow the example of the Good Samaritan who had no connection of faith or blood to the beaten man by the side of [the] road who risked his own life by ministering to him when the robbers might still have been near and who only saw human suffering and that was enough,” he said.McElroy said solidarity is part of putting others before yourself in a world where every individual is connected to one another.“It means continual willingness to place the common good before our own self-interest,” he said. “It means recognizing the bonds which ties us to every man and woman and child in our own society and to the world as a whole.”For McElroy, dialogue is an issue that can only be fixed with patience and understanding of other’s perceptive.“We have parallel monologues seeking not understanding and encounter, but melody to defend our opinions, reinforce our prejudices and convince ourselves that we have been right,” he said. “All redemption of our political culture cannot begin until a genuine toleration of and thirst for dialogue enters back into the public square. The depth of our current national crisis will not be addressed on a substance of level, unless we as a society engage more deeply, honestly and openly with those whom we disagree on important questions of culture, economics, partisanship and religious beliefs.”At the conclusion of his lecture, McElroy took questions from his virtual audience. In response to a question about the complicated process of voting, McElroy had a simple solution.“One way to simplify [voting] is when you’re sitting down to fill out your ballot, think of Jesus being there by your side as you go down the ballot,” he said. “Just think to him being there, watching you as you do it and think to yourself, ‘In the end, what I really think Jesus would want me to do in this case?’ and if you do that authentically, that’s a great way to vote.”Tags: Catholic Social Teaching, Center for Spirituality, notre dame campus ministry, OCSE, political discourse, president katie conboy, Presidential Election 2020, Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry, votinglast_img read more

Pre 1946 home ready for renovation or restoration to sell at auction

first_img28 Loch St, West End.Ms Belshaw described the home as “dilapidated” on the outside, however the inside featured original chandeliers, leadlighting and antique furniture.“This property is really unique,” she said.“Nothing has come to the market in this style.“We’ve had lots of interest already, with 51 people coming through in the three open homes we’ve had.”She said potential buyers included local families looking to renovate the property, or invest within the West End school catchment. The property goes to auction at 9am on Saturday. 28 Loch St, West End. 28 Loch St, West End.For the first time in more than 35 years this shabby home at 28 Loch St, West End has hit the market.Ray White City Precinct Brisbane — Brisbane City selling agent Danielle Belshaw said a Greek couple, aged in their 70s, were selling their pre 1946 family home. 28 Loch St, West End.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Ms Belshaw said the four-bedroom, one-bathroom home was originally a boarding house many years ago.There is a spacious 15m frontage and the original home spans over two blocks of land consisting of 607sq m.She said the couple had moved up from Sydney and raised their three children in the house.“They have realised it’s time to downsize, it’s the right time in their life for a change,” Ms Belshaw said. SIGN UP: GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE 28 Loch St, West End.last_img read more

Senior citizen hacked to death

first_imgBACOLOD City – A senior citizen washacked to death in Barangay Asia, Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental. The 60-year-old Vivincio Responte ofBarangay Alim, Hinoba-an died of hack wounds on the body, a police reportshowed. Walog tried to evade arrest but failedwhen barangay officials caught him. He was detained in the lockup facilityof the Hinoba-an municipal police station./PNcenter_img According to police investigators,Walog was drunk when he hacked Responte around 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 1. But themotive in the incident was not immediately established. Police identified the suspect as30-year-old resident Arnel Walog.last_img

Real do not have mental edge over Atletico – coach Zidane

first_imgBy Rik SharmaMADRID, Spain (Reuters) – Real Madrid do not have a psychological advantage over Champions League semi-final opponents Atletico Madrid despite beating them in two finals in three years, coach Zinedine Zidane said yesterday.As well as victories in Lisbon (2014) and Milan (2016), Real knocked Atletico out of the competition in the 2015 quarter-finals. Atletico have never lifted European club football’s most prestigious trophy while Real have won it a record 11 times.Zidane, however, thinks the past will be irrelevant when the teams meet today in the first leg at the Bernabeu.“It means nothing that we’ve beaten them in this competition,” he told reporters yesterday.“I’m not thinking about Cardiff (the venue for the final) either. We have to win tomorrow’s game. We have prepared well and we are ready.“Everyone is pumped up and we’re ready for the run-in. I wish the game would start now.”The Frenchman confirmed that defender Raphael Varane is fit to play after recovering from a hamstring problem, but Pepe and Gareth Bale will miss the game due to injury.Isco is likely to start in place of Wales forward Bale after being rested for the 2-1 win over Valencia on Saturday.IMPORTANT GOALThe midfielder recalled Sergio Ramos’s stoppage-time goal against Atletico in Lisbon that levelled the score and forced the 2014 final into extra time with Real winning 4-1.“It still makes my hairs stand up,” Isco told the club website ( “It was a really important goal; when he scored it I knew we wouldn’t lose. It came at a key moment and I felt like I’d also scored the goal.”Isco also remembered the penalty shootout against Atletico in Milan last year which Real won 5-3.“It’s the most stressful moment in my entire career,” he said. “In those moments I was in my own world, I only remember that when Cristiano (Ronaldo) scored the winning goal we ran to embrace him and it’s a moment that I’ll never forget.”Atletico coach Diego Simeone said his team must give everything they can to reach the final, fighting like “fans”.“We will try to compete in this game with the desire that any Atletico Madrid fan has,” Simeone told a news conference.“Zidane’s work is spectacular; he’s taken his team to a very good level. They will try to do us harm from the start by pressing a lot from the beginning.”Rojiblancos captain Gabi added: “We have to control our emotions. It makes me excited to (play to) be in another final, we all want to reach this final but we have to control our emotions to have a perfect game and try and beat Madrid.”last_img read more

Former England batsman Brian Bolus dies aged 86

first_imgFORMER England batsman Brian Bolus has died at the age of 86.The right-hander played seven Tests between 1963 and 1964 and averaged 41.33 with a highest score of 88, made against India in Chennai.He began his career with Yorkshire and was part of three Championship-winning sides before moving on to Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.In all, Bolus scored 25,598 first-class runs, including 39 centuries, and more than 3,000 in limited-overs cricket.He retired from playing in 1976 and later served as an England selector and chairman of the management advisory committee before becoming Notts president in 2004 and 2005.The England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement that it was “deeply saddened” by the news.(BBC Sport).last_img

Egan praises role of young Kildangan squad members in reaching decider.

first_imgHowever, Padraic Maher thinks they’ve managed to overcome the disadvantage of not having games for around three months.He says they’re ‘getting along nicely’ but will need to do better if they’re to lift the Dan Breen Cup again…Tipp FM will have live commentary on the final at Semple Stadium on Sunday.  Our build-up will begin just after 3 o’clock – coverage will be brought to you in association with Top Oil, Thurles ++ The All Ireland medal winner believes the number of young players in their camp has played a huge role in reaching the deciderAnd he also believes their physicality will help them compete with Thurles Sarsfields…Meanwhile the captain of Thurles Sarsfields says their long lay-off from senior action wasn’t helpful.last_img

Touring exhibition on women in politics and public life opens in Donegal

first_imgDonegal County Museum has welcomed a new temporary exhibition celebrating 100 years of women in politics and public life. The pop-up exhibition shines a spotlight on the stories of women who have contributed significantly to Irish society over the past century. Through information panels, films and historical memorabilia, the displays focus on the challenges women faced and the obstacles they overcame.This exhibition is curated by historian Sinéad McCoole and supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht as part of the Decade of Centenaries programme. 100 Years of Women in Politics and Public Life 1918-2018′ at Donegal County MuseumThis exhibition encourages people of all ages to reflect upon and celebrate all that have been achieved over the past 100 years.  There is, however, considerable work remaining to be done. In 1918, women exercised their right to vote for the first time, and their right to stand for parliament with Countess de Markievicz being elected.  Since then only 113 women have been elected to Dáil Éireann. Only 19 of these have been appointed to Cabinet, including Mary Coughlan from Donegal Town, who was first elected as a Fianna Fáil TD in 1997 and who held five Ministerial portfolios between 2001 and 2011 and Cecilia Keaveney from Moville, who served as Fianna Fáil TD between 1996 and 2007 and as a Senator from 2007 to 2011.100 Years of Women in Politics and Public Life 1918-2018′ at Donegal County MuseumThe exhibition includes personal stories and memories. Much of this previously unseen archive material, photographs, letters, diaries and ephemera have added layers of meaning to the complex narrative surrounding women’s participation in political and public life over the past 100 years.  Admission is free. The exhibition runs to the end of June.Opening hours 10am – 4.30pm Lunch 12.30 – 1pm Saturday 1- 4.30pm.Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. T 074 9124613 E [email protected] exhibition on women in politics and public life opens in Donegal was last modified: April 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Six 49ers to watch vs. Bucs with six games to go

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceTAMPA — They lead the league in yards per game. They’re amassed 500 yards in four of their past six games. And yet, they stink with a 3-7 record.The Tampa Bay Buccaneers still could torch the 49ers (2-8) just as other offensive juggernauts have done.Remember in Week 3 when the Kansas City Chiefs scored touchdowns on their first five possessions in a 38-27 win over the visiting 49ers? Or last month’s 22-0 lead the …last_img

New tech, trends, collaborations at Fak’ugesi

first_imgThe Fak’ugesi Conference was one several events during the 10-day Fak’ugesi: African Digital Innovation Festival. Discussions at the conference included the experiences of and challenges in the augmented- and virtual reality industries.Fak’ugesi holds its first animation hackathon, called the ani-marathon, on 11 and 12 September 2017. Participants are animation school students and people working in the industry. The final product is showcased on 16 September 2017 at the festival’s Bloc Party. (Image: Faku’gesi, Facebook)Melissa JavanThe Origins Centre Museum was now a space where technology could be explored, participants at the Fak’ugesi Conference heard, held on Thursday, 14 September 2017. Virtual reality goggles would be available at the centre.The announcement was made shortly after the panel discussion “Future Media: Addressing changes and development of virtual reality industries in South Africa”.It was the first conference held at the annual Fak’ugesi: African Digital Innovation Festival, which took place in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, from 6-16 September. “Fak’ugesi” comes from the isiZulu term meaning “add power” or “put on the electricity”.The event brought technology and innovation to people in a fun, accessible and playful way. There were also workshops, laboratories, exhibitions, hack-a-thons, music, films, artists and games.“Some incredible highlights at this year’s festival will include the Fak’ugesi Conference, the hugely popular Making Weekend, as well as our annual Market Hack event at the Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein,” said Tegan Bristow, 2017 Fak’ugesi festival director, before the event.“We’re also thrilled to announce an exciting new curatorial partnership titled Fak’ugesi Beats, a beats, music and technology focus curated by Weheartbeat, who will go on to lead the festival finale Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party as part of their larger programme.”The bloc party was on 16 September.Participants tweeted about the festival:#Beetlebot workshop #Fakugesi and @UNHABITAT #BlockbyBlock Come see the free digital exhibition & experience incredible digital innovation!— Fak’ugesi Festival (@fakugesi) September 10, 2017Talking collaborations in film, music and design @fakugesi Conference 2017. Live stream now:— Connect ZA (@Connect_ZA) September 14, 2017#Fakugesibeats lab with @weheartbeat has begun! We are very excited about this collaboration. WeheartBeat x Fak’ugesi Bloc Party 16 Sep 2017— Fak’ugesi Festival (@fakugesi) September 10, 2017We are back on, it’s Monday at #Fakugesi Kicking off with a 28hour Ani-marathon. The final results to be seen at @weheartbeat Bloc Party!— Fak’ugesi Festival (@fakugesi) September 11, 2017The Origins CentreThe Origins Centre Museum at the University of Witwatersrand explores and celebrates the history of modern humankind. You can also do DNA ancestry testing at the centre.The virtual reality goggles now available were created by Alt Reality. There will be a virtual reality tour for visitors on 25 September, which will explore various ancestors. The technology makes use of smartphones.The conferenceSpeakers at the conference included artist William Kentridge. He is best known for his animated drawings and is one of South Africa’s most well-established fine artists.During the discussion “Future Media: Addressing changes and development of VR industries in South Africa”, panelists spoke about their experience in animation- and related industries, as well as the challenges they faced.One of those was the high cost of hardware, especially since it changed every several months. Another challenge was that distribution of technologies such as virtual reality was not happening at scale.Rick Treweek of animation company Alt Reality had advice about changing technologies. “[If you have to create something for a client] bank on the concept.“Hardware changes fast. So don’t just develop games for Nokia, but rather games for phones.”Panelist James Gaydon of Don Doo Studios, which specialises in virtual reality, augmented reality and animation, said his company focused on providing training resources for mining companies.For example, said Gaydon, it had created a 3D virtual reality training system for Anglo American that showed what tools should be used underground.“With this model, we took the employees out of dangerous spaces – they didn’t have to go underground to do the training. It makes the training less stressful, because they are not in a dangerous space,” said Gaydon.“Virtual reality is an incredible technology.”Most of the panelists agreed that they foresaw corporates using more of augmented reality versus virtual reality – augmented reality is used with Pokemon Go and virtual reality is used with the film Avatar.You can use augmented reality with a smartphone and you will still see your surroundings, but with virtual reality when you put on the goggles, you are placed within a virtual world – cut off from reality.Other topics discussed at the conference included “Sonic visions: Understanding new collaborations in film, design and music” and “Culture and innovation, a Pan-African Conversion”.Source: Fak’ugesiWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more


first_imgThe Rustlers Mens 35’s arrived in Coffs Harbour yesterday for the 2005 Asics National Touch League with nothing except the clothes on their back, after thieves stole their trailer containing all of their gear. The team had stopped to grab a bite to eat at the Toombul shopping centre and came back out to discover the trailer was gone. Now this was a mini bus and a trailer, not just a bag or suitcase. So somebody or several somebody’s removed the trailer and pulled it away, all while the team was in the shopping centre grabbing some food. Fortunately for the Rustlers boys the trailer was found…unfortunately for the Rustlers boys, everything of any value had been stolen…clothes, playing gear, shoes, personal items, anything and everything. Thankfully, the Rustlers administration managed to collect and scrape together an entire new set of uniforms for the Mens 35’s. Bronwyn Holland is not quite sure how they did it, must have been a miracle, sort of like the fish and the loaves story in the bible. “I don’t exactly know how we managed to get another whole set of uniforms for the guys, but thankfully we have scraped it together and they can take the field for the NTL,” she said. All the Rustlers players from the other divisions also came together to support their Mens 35’s. They did a quick collection amongst themselves to raise $700 so the men could buy some clothes to wear. ATA also kicked in with a deal so they could all afford to buy some new shoes for their matches. So the Rustlers Men have one thing to ask…if you see anyone who looks nothing like a Rustler Touch player running around in Brisbane wearing Rustlers clothing, get in touch with police, report it. If the Rustlers clothing appears on the black market or e-bay, you know where it came from. We just want to wish the team good luck, you certainly deserve it and obviously need it. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img read more