The bishop-Chairmen of two USCCB Committees responded with great concern to President Obama’s July 21 executive order to prohibit federal government contractors from what the Administration deems “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” discrimination and to forbid “gender identity” discrimination in the employment of federal employees. The problems the bishops identify in the order relate both to the flaws in its core prohibitions, and to its lack of religious freedom protection. (USCCB) Read more >>
CAMP SURVIVE: Monday through Friday, Aug. 4-8, at Big Sandy Camp in McGregor. This camp is for students who have completed grades 6 through 8. Cost is $240. Information and registration available here.
DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY: The diocese's 9th Annual Assembly will be held at Marshall School, Duluth, on Oct. 4. Featured presenter is international speaker Thomas Smith, co-author of Walking Toward Eternity. Registration available here.
STRATEGIC PLANNING: The Diocese of Duluth Five Year Strategic Plan, effective from 2012 to 2017, along with the implementation handbook, is available here.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT: Bishop Paul Sirba, in December 2013, released names of clergy credibly abused of sexual abuse of a minor. More information is available here. Statement from Father James Bissonette on Father Timothy Backous, OSB, is available here.
FINANCIAL STATEMENT: The Diocese of Duluth has released is audited financial reports. Please see the document here.
COMPUTER SECURITY: The Diocesan Technology Committee offers some best-practices guidance for computer systems here.