Maria Wiering

Maria is the editor of The Catholic Spirit and publications manager of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. You can email her at wieringm@archspm.org.

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Black Catholic’s challenge to fellow Catholics: Make change by living out faith principles

Black Catholic’s challenge to fellow Catholics: Make change by living out faith principles

| June 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

“I’d want white, Minnesota Catholics to examine their conscience: Where have you have failed to do good? And in doing so, I think that’s where the answers will come in their role in all of this, and how to renew the face of the earth.”

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Archbishop Hebda: Floyd’s death demands preaching Gospel, examination of conscience

Archbishop Hebda: Floyd’s death demands preaching Gospel, examination of conscience

| June 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

At this moment, Catholics should begin with prayer as well as an examination of conscience, Archbishop Hebda said, looking to see “how our lives have been shaped by racist attitudes, if they’ve been shaped by racist attitudes, regardless of the color of our skin.”

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Twin Cities Catholics grappling with Floyd’s death, related rioting

Twin Cities Catholics grappling with Floyd’s death, related rioting

| May 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

“There’s a spiritual component as well, and we have to pray for the conversion of our society. We have to pray for change. We have to pray for justice, which will likely include gathering together with people outside of our own traditions — be it other Christians, non-Christians, etc. We need all the help we can get.”

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Amid Twin Cities turmoil, new priests told they were ordained ‘for a time such as this’

Amid Twin Cities turmoil, new priests told they were ordained ‘for a time such as this’

| May 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

“He’s raised you up at this providential time,” Archbishop Hebda told the ordinands. “It’s a sure sign of his great love for you, but also for his flock. Feed his sheep. Tend his sheep. And always remember how much he loves them. May that love be the hermeneutic for your ministry.”

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U.S. bishops: Floyd’s death ‘the latest wake up call’ for ‘determined conversion’

U.S. bishops: Floyd’s death ‘the latest wake up call’ for ‘determined conversion’

| May 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

We are broken-hearted, sickened, and outraged to watch another video of an African American man being killed before our very eyes,” they wrote. “What’s more astounding is that this is happening within mere weeks of several other such occurrences.”

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‘As words fail’ after Floyd’s death, Catholic leaders share wisdom from MLK

‘As words fail’ after Floyd’s death, Catholic leaders share wisdom from MLK

| May 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

“People often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they cannot communicate; they cannot communicate because they are separated.”

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When a south Minneapolis family feared their safety, they sought refuge at parish rectory

When a south Minneapolis family feared their safety, they sought refuge at parish rectory

| May 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

“It’s not OK police did that,” Ponce-Sanchez said of Floyd’s death. “That wasn’t the right thing to do. He was begging for breathing. (Chauvin) should have listened. Policemen are meant to save lives.”

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St. Peter Claver prayer service 7 p.m.; Archbishop encourages 8 p.m. citywide prayer

St. Peter Claver prayer service 7 p.m.; Archbishop encourages 8 p.m. citywide prayer

| May 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

In a note to parishioners, Father Rutten said that the parish’s campus is OK, but the surrounding area “was hit pretty hard by vandals and looters.” “My clothes still smell of smoke,” he wrote.

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Deacon Forner gently nudged along path to ‘spiritual fatherhood’

Deacon Forner gently nudged along path to ‘spiritual fatherhood’

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

On a retreat in Italy during his junior year in college, Deacon Clayton Forner was sitting in a chapel with an assignment: meditate on the Nativity. He was trying to place himself in the scene, imagining what he would see, smell, hear. And as prayed, he found himself viewing the scene through the eyes of Joseph — witnessing Jesus’ birth, wiping the infant with a towel and gazing upon him.

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St. Peter Claver pastor: ‘White supremacy has cost someone their life’

St. Peter Claver pastor: ‘White supremacy has cost someone their life’

| May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Father Erich Rutten said he sees St. Peter Claver as having a special role and responsibility “to agitate” the Church and world “for racial justice and peace and healing in the reality that we truly are brothers and sisters.”

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Archbishop Hebda calls Floyd video ‘gut wrenching,’ calls for respect for human dignity

Archbishop Hebda calls Floyd video ‘gut wrenching,’ calls for respect for human dignity

| May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Let us pray for comfort for his grieving family and friends, peace for a hurting community and prudence while the process moves forward. We need a full investigation that results in rightful accountability and veritable justice,” Archbishop Hebda said.

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Walz expands worship to 25% church capacity; bishops modify plan forward

Walz expands worship to 25% church capacity; bishops modify plan forward

| May 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

“We know that Governor Walz and his administration are trusting that when faith communities gather, they will do so consistent with public health guidance. Our commitment as Catholics to the common good makes it natural for us to pledge to be good citizens when we gather for worship,” Archbishop Hebda said in a letter to the faithful.

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