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Yours in Christ, Fr. Roberto Saldivar, M.Sp.S., Pastor
“Let me state this in the clearest terms possible: the problem of drug use is not solved with drugs! Drug addiction is an evil, and with evil there can be no yielding or compromise” the Pope declared in his June 20 message to the conference participants.
“To think that harm can be reduced by permitting drug addicts to use narcotics in no way resolves the problem” he said, adding that “Attempts, however limited, to legalize so-called ‘recreational drugs,’ are not only highly questionable from a legislative standpoint, but they fail to produce the desired effects.”
Pope Francis made his declaration during the 31st International Drug Enforcement Conference, which took place in the convention center of Rome’s Cavalieri Hotel June 17 – 19, and gathered together the heads of anti-drug agencies worldwide.
Opening his address, the pontiff thanked participants for their presence and work “in combating this most serious and complex problem of our time.”
He expressed his hope that those gathered would accomplish their goals of discovering more effective policies on anti-narcotic drugs as well as finding better methods to share information and developing a working strategy to fight the ongoing drug trade.
Referring to the trade as a “scourge” on society, the Bishop of Rome explained that it “continues to spread inexorably,” and is “fed by a deplorable commerce which transcends national and continental borders.”
“As a result, the lives of more and more young people and adolescents are in danger” he said. “Faced with this reality, I can only manifest my grief and concern.”
Going on, the Roman Pontiff condemned the efforts of some who seek to legalize milder drugs in order to lure addicts away from the hard stuff, saying that the legalization of “recreational drugs” is both questionable from a legal point of view, and fails to solve the problem.
“Substitute drugs are not an adequate therapy but rather a veiled means of surrendering to the phenomenon” he went on.
“Here I would reaffirm what I have stated on another occasion: No to every type of drug use. It is as simple as that. No to any kind of drug use.”
But in order to say this no, “one has to say ‘yes’ to life, ‘yes’ to love, ‘yes’ to others, ‘yes’ to education, ‘yes’ to greater job opportunities” the Pope explained, adding that “If we say ‘yes’ to all these things, there will be no room for illicit drugs, for alcohol abuse, for other forms of addiction.”
Observing how the Church follows Jesus’ command to go out and meet those who are suffering, hungry, thirsty and imprisoned, Pope Francis emphasized that it “does not abandon those who have fallen into the trap of drug addiction,” but rather “goes out to meet them with creative love.”
“She takes them by the hand, thanks to the efforts of countless workers and volunteers, and helps them to rediscover their dignity and to revive those inner strengths, those personal talents, which drug use had buried but can never obliterate, since every man and woman is created in the image and likeness of God.”
The New York Times recently tried to uncover why two very small Michigan towns have in recent years produced such an incredible number of vocations to the priesthood--the towns are currently tied at 22 ordained priests apiece. The first section of the article appears here, and the entire article can be found in the "News" section.
FOWLER, Mich. — Aside for the mole grazing his right eyebrow, it is difficult to distinguish Gary Koenigsknecht from his identical twin, Todd, four minutes the elder.
Growing up, the twins, now 26, milked cows side by side on the family farm. They both graduated at the top of their high school class. And with their ordination on Saturday, they have begun careers as Roman Catholic priests, two of 477 men in the United States expected to be ordained this year.
They demonstrate that priestly vocations are not evenly distributed by family or geography: they are among six priests in their extended family, and among 22 from their hometown, Fowler, Mich., population 1,224. They officially tie up the leader board with the neighboring village of Westphalia, population 938, which has also produced 22 priests, making for a robust rivalry in both football and Roman collars.
In an era when the number of priests in the United States continues to dwindle — declining by 11 percent in the past decade and crippling the Catholic Church’s ability to meet the needs of a growing Catholic population — this rural patch of Clinton County offers a case study in the science and mystery of the call to priesthood...