Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Yes, The Silence Really Does Speak Volumes!


Chaput: Pope's Action Shows Commitment To Mercy



STATEMENT OF ARCHBISHOP CHARLES J. CHAPUT,
O.F.M. CAP. REGARDING ABSOLUTION FOR THE SIN OF ABORTION
Pope Francis' recent remarks on absolution for the sin of abortion demonstrate his commitment to all those in need of healing. With a special "Jubilee Year of Mercy" set to begin in December, the timing is very welcome. For many years now, parish priests have been given permission to absolve the sin of abortion here in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. But the practice has not been common in various other regions of the world. This action in no way diminishes the moral gravity of abortion. What it does do is make access to sacramental forgiveness easier for anyone who seeks it with a truly penitent heart.

Why This Guy Is Still The Real Deal



New Jersey Governor Chris Christie talks to Jimmy about spending time with Mitt Romney and his family for Wolfeboro, New Hampshire's July 4th parade.
And then he talks about being ignored at the GOP debates.
 


World's Mayors To Convene In Philadelphia

The World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015 and the City of Philadelphia today announced the International Mayors Forum, which is a new event being added to the World Meeting of Families Congress. Co-sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and La Salle University, the International Mayors Forum will be held on Wednesday, September 23 at 6:00 p.m. at La Salle University's Tom Gola Arena. 

For the Forum, Mayors representing diverse cities around the world will come together to discuss the ways in which government at the local level can help strengthen and sustain families through public policy and advocacy.

The Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family, which is the co-sponsor of the 2015 World Meeting of Families with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, made this special request of Mayor Michael A. Nutter and the World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015 in an effort to expand the global conversation about family. 

Seeking to examine how city governance, in the United States and around the world, can help to address the diverse issues facing families today, this panel will be an intimate 90-minute discussion of how good governance can positively affect families around the globe.

Those Mayors participating in the inaugural International Mayors Forum of the World Meeting of Families include:
  • Mayor José Antonio Gali Fayad, Puebla, Mexico
  • Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu, City of New Orleans
  • Mayor Ignazio Marino, Rome, Italy
  • Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City of Philadelphia
Additional participating Mayors, as well as the moderator of the panel discussion, will be forthcoming in the next two weeks.

"Pope Francis has spurred positive dialogue about family across diverse faith traditions - and across borders," said Donna Crilley Farrell, Executive Director of the World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015. "The International Mayors Forum will not only add to an already spectacular week leading up to the Holy Father's arrival in Philadelphia, but it will also continue the important discussion of family, showcasing the great work our city leaders do to keep families growing strong worldwide. It is an honor to join with Mayor Nutter, PwC and La Salle University to host this first-of-its-kind event for the World Meeting of Families."

"The first conversations surrounding this event occurred on our first trip to Rome, when I was honored to have been asked by The Pontifical Council for the Family to assist in curating this Forum," said Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City of Philadelphia. "Almost eighteen months later, I am excited to welcome these influential and thoughtful leaders to Philadelphia for this special event. As I have often shared, I believe the family is the cornerstone of our society, and families thrive most when supported well by its government, especially its local government. The panel coming together shares that perspective and I am honored to have them help launch this important event."

An invitation-only event, the International Mayors Forum will be attended by more than 1,700 guests, including government officials, religious leaders of many faiths, business professionals, educational leaders, college students and families, including World Meeting of Families Congress participants. Following the discussion, audience members will be provided the opportunity to engage with the panelists in Q&A.

"Rapid urbanization is bringing great attention to city leaders to create programs and policies that strengthen family ties and nurture the talent of the future," said Ed Lovelidge, Managing Partner, PwC - Philadelphia Metro. "PwC's CEO Survey demonstrates that talent is a key concern for businesses globally, so it's important to have discussions that center on how to support families and professionals at every stage of their careers. We are excited to bring the International Mayors Forum to life, especially on La Salle's campus, an urban university. PwC is proud to help cultivate this important discussion around issues of the global family, which is such an important aspect to the urbanization developments, and look forward to welcoming this outstanding panel of Mayors for this special event."

Colleen Hanycz, Ph.D., President of La Salle University commented, "Often we encounter families from varied economic situations and many of our students are the first in their families to experience any form of higher education. Today's challenges in education, especially related to ensuring access to higher education, reflect a significant issue facing families around the world. La Salle is delighted to host the International Mayors Forum, which aims to cultivate conversation around important topics such as this and we are proud to welcome these international leaders to our campus at 20th Street and Olney Avenue."

For more information about the International Mayors Forum (#IMForum2015) and the World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015, please visit www.WorldMeeting2015.org. 

For information regarding The Holy See's Pontifical Council for the Family, which co-sponsors the World Meeting of Families, visit here

You can also engage the World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015 on Facebook (World Meeting of Families 2015) (Encuentro Mundial de las Familias - Filadelfia 2015), Twitter (@WMF2015) (@WMF2015ES) and Instagram (WMF2015).

About World Meetings of Families
Beginning with 1994, The Year of the Family, the Pontifical Council for the Family has been responsible for organizing the World Meetings of Families in Rome (1994); Rio de Janeiro (1997); Rome (2000); Manila (2003); Valencia (2006); Mexico City (2009); Milan (2012); and now, Philadelphia (2015). Since its inception by Saint John Paul II, the World Meeting of Families has sought to strengthen the sacred bonds of family across the globe.

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About La Salle University

La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values. In a national survey, Money magazine ranked La Salle as a top five college in the Philadelphia region for educational quality, affordability, and alumni earnings, and cited the University as a "Value All-Star." Globally, the Lasallian educational network includes 1,000 schools (60 of which are institutions of higher education) serving 940,000 students in 80 countries.

Philly's Women Leaders Will Tell All







For Women Business Leaders,  by Women Business Leaders

Join the Philadelphia Business Journal for a lively conversation with dynamic women business owners and executives who will discuss how they have built their businesses and how they define success as a leader.  
You will hear their stories about how they lead and the lessons they have learned along the way.  
Find out their answers to: what does it take to communicate a compelling vision, build a great culture and respond to the opportunities, challenges and choices they face every day?

Where: Sheraton Center City, 17th and Vine, Philadelphia PA. Horizons Ballroom
When: Tuesday, September 22, 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Agenda:
           7:30-8:00 Registration, breakfast and networking
           8:00-8:30  Keynote
           8:30- 9:30 Panel and Audience Q & A

Keynote Speaker:
Ann Limberg, Head of Philanthropic Solutions and the Family Office U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Panelists: 
Catherine Cahill, President & CEO, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
Jane Golden, Founder & Executive Director, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Maureen O'Connor, CEO, LEM Products
Dian Taylor, President & CEO, Artesian Water Co.
Judith von Seldeneck, Founder & CEO, Diversified Search

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Broadway For You And Your Dog: Enter Contest!


Producers of A.R. Gurney’s SYLVIA are thrilled to announce Sylvia’s Opening Night Sweepstakes.

The grand prizewinner will receive an opening night package that includes:  
  • Two opening night tickets and party passes to SYLVIA on Broadway.
  • Overnight stay for two (plus canine friend) at the dog-friendly Loews Regency Hotel.
  • Dinner and drinks for two at The Palm Restaurant.
  • A one-year supply of Petsmile® Professional Pet Toothpaste.
  • A custom-made dog bed from Sit. Stay. Forever. in their choice of color and material, sized perfectly to fit their canine companion. All Sit. Stay. Forever. products are made in America from 100% certified toxin free, hypoallergenic material.
Ten additional winners will receive exclusive SYLVIA on Broadway merchandise.

Starting Tuesday, September 1, 2015, contestants can enter Sylvia’s Opening Night Sweepstakes by visiting the show’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SylviaonBroadway/ or by visiting www.SylviaBroaday.com/sweepstakes/ and signing in with either their Facebook or Twitter account. For every action contestants take, they earn additional entries into the sweepstakes. The sweepstakes will remain opening until Saturday, October 10, 2015, and the winners will be announced on Thursday, October 15, 2015.

For official sweepstakes rules and more information on how to enter visit www.SylviaBroadway.com/sweepstakes/.

A.R. Gurney’s SYLVIA stars Tony Award-winner Matthew Broderick (Brighton Beach Memoirs, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), Tony Award-winner Julie White (The Little Dog Laughed, Airline Highway), Drama Desk Award-winner Robert Sella (Stuff Happens), and Tony Award-winner Annaleigh Ashford (You Can’t Take It With You, Kinky Boots). They will appear under the direction of Tony Award-winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof).

Performances will begin on Friday, October 2, 2015, and will hold its official opening night on Tuesday, October 27, 2015. Tickets for SYLVIA are available for purchase online at www.telecharge.com, by calling (212) 239-6200, or by going to the box office of the Cort Theatre.

The creative team will include scenic design by Tony Award-nominee David Rockwell (You Can’t Take It With YouOn the Twentieth Century), costume design by Academy Award-winner Ann Roth (The English Patient), lighting design by Tony Award-nominee Japhy Weideman (The Visit, Airline Highway)sound design by Peter Fitzgerald (Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed-the-Plow), and music by Greg Pliska (War Horse). Casting by Telsey + Company/William Cantler, CSA.

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Petsmile Pet Toothpaste, invented by the makers of Supersmile®, is the gentle, safe way to clean your dog’s teeth, eliminating plaque and tartar for thorough oral care. Petsmile is the only dental care toothpaste for pets recommended by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). They found that with regular use of Petsmile, dogs had “significantly” less plaque, better oral health and fresher breath. That’s because Petsmile’s exclusive Calprox® formula is clinically proven to inhibit plaque formation for healthier teeth and gums. All without the need to brush. www.PetsmileUSA.com 

The iconic Loews Regency New York Hotel reopened on January 16, 2014 following an extensive revitalization. The transformed property features 379 guest rooms including 58 suites; The Regency Bar & Grill, home of the “Power Breakfast” by Sant Ambroeus Hospitality Group; and the new flagship salon of the famed hairstylist Julien Farel, which incorporates a premier spa. Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan on Park Avenue, Loews Regency offers exceptional service and world-class amenities, optimal for conducting business or taking advantage of the city's best shopping, cultural experiences, and dining. For reservations or more information about Loews Regency, call 1-800-23-LOEWS or visit: www.LoewsHotels.com/Regency-Hotel/ 

The Palm Restaurant: While enjoying Dinner and libations before a grand night of theatre or closing a Million dollar deal our 89 year old reputation will continue to shine. Whether you’re having our signature, Prime NY Strip and Nova Scotia Lobster, Surf-n-Turf or our $26.00 3-course Power Lunch something is sure to appeal to every palette. Pair that with an award winning wine list and you are sure to have a memorable night in NYC. For groups of 1 to 200, from our bar to our 4 Private Dining Rooms, Palm West is the place to be! See you at The Palm! www.ThePalm.com/Palm-West 

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Tonight: Chaput To Lead Panel On Immigration

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the keynote speaker at a panel discussion on issues affecting immigrants and their families. The event will be divided in two sessions: Caring for the Immigrant Families and Keeping Immigrants Families Together. Panelists will discuss Catholic teachings on immigration, the Church's pastoral work with immigrant families, and its advocacy efforts at a local and national level. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Archdiocesan Pastoral Office Center (Auditorium)
222 North 17
th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 

Session one will feature pastoral agents discussing Catholic social teaching on immigration, and detailing the vital work of Catholic institutions in caring and advocating for immigrant families, including those affected by detention and deportation. Session two will assess the legal framework for the United States immigration system and how immigration law and enforcement policies pose significant challenges to immigrant families. 


The immigration panel discussion is sponsored by The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, The World Meeting of Families, The Center for Migration Studies, Villanova University, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services, and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

Monday, August 31, 2015

PHS Tree At Seminary Will Honor Pope Francis

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. has invited all 219 parishes in the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia to participate in the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation which will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 1st

Pope Francis established this day of prayer as an annual event to coincide with a similar observance in the Orthodox Church.

The Holy Father's recent encyclical, Laudato Si, on the care of our common home, highlights the duties and responsibilities of all Christians to safeguard Almighty God's gift of creation. This annual day of prayer will be observed jointly by the Catholic and Orthodox Church. 

You are encouraged to pray on this day, with others at Mass and also in your personal prayers, for the protection of creation. May this day of prayer remind each of us of our role as custodians of creation.

To coincide with the Day of Prayer, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) will plant a white oak tree at the Seminary in honor of the upcoming visit of Pope Francis. The tree, designated by PHS as the 500,000th tree in their Plant One Million campaign, will be blessed after Evening Prayer.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
11:00 a.m. (Tree Planting)
5:30 p.m. (Tree Blessing)
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096 (Montgomery County)

On September 1, the following intention may be included in the Universal Prayer in all Archdiocesan parishes:

For the protection of God's gift of creation, that this effort on the part of government leaders and everyone will help to overcome the routine abuse and neglect of our common home. Let us pray to the Lord.


Note: To read Pope Francis' letter announcing the "World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation" please visit: http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-francis-announces-world-day-of-prayer-for-the

Funny Pope Visit Parody Propels Philly Mania - Video



Philly is hosting Pope Francis for The World Meeting of Families and some say it's far from heavenly. 
As a million people pour into the city, this Pope-lovin' Philadelphian says he needs to see the Pope.

Popemania: Philly Ramps Up 'I'll Be There' Campaign

The World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 (WMOF), in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia, today kicked-off the distribution of the #OpenInPHL kits to local businesses as a part of its recently announced “I’ll Be There” awareness campaign.

The Francis Festival Street Team – led by Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Donna Crilley Farrell, Executive Director of the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 – personally delivered #OpenInPHL kits to well-known Philadelphia establishments throughout the Francis Festival Grounds and beyond, including Wawa (17th and Arch Streets), Pat’s King of Steaks, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse and McGillin’s Olde Ale House.  

This tour across Philadelphia included cameo appearances from a quartet led by Bobby Mansure as well as local Philadelphia mascots, including La Salle University’s Explorer, St. Joseph University’s Hawk, the University of Pennsylvania’s Quaker and Wawa’s Wally Goose.

The #OpenInPHL kits include “I’ll Be There” signage, a Welcome Pope Francis window cling, branded buttons, and additional information about the Francis Festival. The kits are designed to help businesses plan for the event and to provide information they can use to encourage residents and customers to fully experience the Francis Festival and Papal Visit.  Additionally, the #OpenInPHL kits will be available for pick-up at locations across Philadelphia from Tuesday, September 1st through Friday, September 4th at:

30th and Market Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19104
1617 John F Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 889
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Lobby of the Bellevue
200 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
1 N. Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106
8000 Essington Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19153

1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107 

51 N. 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Since the kick-off of the campaign on Wednesday, August 26, an additional pick-up location has been added:
Old City District
231 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

“The World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 gives Philadelphia a unique opportunity to showcase our world-class city on a global stage,” said Donna Crilley Farrell, Executive Director of the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015. “Through the “I’ll Be There” campaign and the distribution of the #OpenInPHL kits, we are encouraging our local businesses to engage in these incredible events and truly show off our deeply-rooted Philadelphia culture. We strongly encourage all businesses within Philadelphia and beyond to take full advantage of the resourceful information within the #OpenInPHL kits, which can be picked up from various locations in the City of Philadelphia.”

Distribution of the #OpenInPHL kits kicked-off at Wawa, which boasts one of the highest foot traffic for convenience stores and sandwich shops in Center City.  Wawa stores in Philadelphia will not only remain open throughout the weekend of September 26-27, but the company will soon open a new flagship store at Broad and Walnut Streets, right in the heart of the Francis Festival Grounds.  

“At Wawa, we are proud to join our friends and neighbors in welcoming Pope Francis, the World Meeting of Families, and the many visitors from around the world to our hometown, on this historic occasion," said Dave Simonetti, Director of Store Operations for Wawa, Inc. “We exist to fulfill customers lives every day, and part of this purpose extends to our commitment to remain open and available to the public 24/7. We look forward to being there for everyone during this momentous occasion with all of our Philadelphia stores open, stocked, and ready to serve."

A further extension of the “I’ll Be There” campaign is FrancisFestival.com, which was launched today by the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015. There, consumers and businesses can learn more about the Francis Festival Grounds, including how to be part of the World Meeting of Families #OpenInPHL Sweepstakes, for the chance to win a grand prize trip for two to Rome, Italy.
Consumers can also learn more about the #PopeInPhilly #RomeContest, which encourages Festival participants to show where they were at the Francis Festival by “snapping it!” Leveraging Instagram and Twitter, the World Meeting of Families is encouraging participants of the Francis Festival to create a virtual passport of their participation by sharing photographs of their patronage at local businesses displaying the official poster or window cling. 

Qualifying posts that tag or mention a participating business and include #PopeInPhilly and #RomeContest will enter a Festival participant into a sweepstakes to win a family vacation to Rome, Italy, courtesy of the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015. Updates on the sweepstakes will be announced on September 21, 2015.

In addition to FrancisFestival.com, World Meeting of Families—Philadelphia 2015 also launched today a new transportation website, which will help those traveling to the Francis Festival.  From SEPTA to PATCO to commercial bus operations, this web page will help both residents and businesses to better understand the transportation options available to them and to encourage planning that best meets the varied scenarios that those wishing to access the Francis Festival may face.  

This new transportation information can be accessed at http://www.worldmeeting2015.org/plan-your-visit/travel-transportation/.

Co-sponsored by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Family and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the World Meeting of Families is a triennial global event that seeks to strengthen the sacred bonds of family across the globe and highlight its intrinsic value to the good of society. This international gathering will welcome Pope Francis to the United States for the first time in his Papacy. Being held in the United States for the first time ever, the official theme for the 2015 World Meeting of Families is “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”

For more information regarding the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, visit www.WorldMeeting2015.org.  

For more information regarding The Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Family, which co-sponsors the World Meeting of Families, visit http://www.familiam.org/famiglia_eng/00002554_HOME_ENG.html

You can also engage the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia on Facebook (World Meeting of Families 2015) (Encuentro Mundial de las Familias – Filadelfia 2015), Twitter (@WMF2015) (@WMF2015ES) and Instagram (WMF2015).

About World Meetings of Families

Beginning with 1994, The Year of the Family, the Pontifical Council for the Family has been responsible for organizing the World Meetings of Families in Rome (1994); Rio de Janeiro (1997); Rome (2000); Manila (2003); Valencia (2006); Mexico City (2009); Milan (2012); and now, Philadelphia (2015).  Since its inception by Saint John Paul II, the World Meeting of Families has sought to strengthen the sacred bonds of family across the globe.

Do Cops' Lives Really Matter? Do They? Look At This!



August 29th, 2015 • Sheriff David Clarke placed blame for the execution of Harris County deputy Darren Goforth squarely upon President Barack Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder. The Milwaukee County Sheriff said that Obama and Holder laid the groundwork for "this war on police" by supporting 'activists' who have disparaged law enforcement based upon a set of lies.

Chaput: Joy Of Gospel Comes From 'Gospel of Life'

Following is a column by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.
This week's column is adapted from Archbishop Chaput's Aug. 28 comments to the national Religion Newswriters Association. He took part in a panel, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, on the impending papal visit to the United States.

What do we hope Pope Francis will take away from his September visit to Philadelphia? I hope he realizes that American Catholics in general, and Philadelphia Catholics in a very special way, love and support him wholeheartedly. I hope he sees that there's tremendous good in our country, and a lot of it began here in Philadelphia, where our nation was born.
I hope he sees how deeply shaped we are - as a city and as a people - by the immigrant experience. I hope he sees that the Church here is alive and eager for a new spirit of life. I also hope he sees the gravity of the challenges we face in advancing a Christian approach to family life, marriage, human sexuality and religious freedom. And I hope he leaves with a sense of how the American Church really conducts her mission.
What do I mean by that last sentence? Critics sometimes claim that America's bishops talk too much about issues like abortion and religious freedom while they overlook the poor. And of course we do talk about those issues, and we'll continue to do so - vigorously, and for as long as it takes - because the right to life and religious liberty are foundational to human dignity. Without the right to life, all other human rights are compromised.
But consider this: In Philadelphia we spend less than $200,000 a year on the archdiocesan office that handles sanctity of life, family and laity issues. It has one full time employee. Most of our specifically "prolife" work is done by volunteers, and at the parish level.
In comparison, we spend more than 4.2 million privately donated archdiocesan dollars each year -- every year -- on social services for the poor, the homeless, the disabled, troubled youths, battered women, immigration counseling, food pantries and nutritional programs. And we manage another $100 million in public funding for the same or similar efforts. We have 1,600 full time employees spread across these Catholic social ministries doing the works of mercy -- and fewer than 200 of them are involved in parenting, family and pregnancy support services.
What's the lesson? If there's anything "lopsided" about the real witness of the Catholic Church in Philadelphia, it's weighted heavily in favor of the poor. It always has been. And that's the reality in nearly every diocese in the United States. But it's not a fact that fits comfortably into a storyline of "compassionate Pope Francis vs. conservative American bishops."
When Francis was an archbishop in Buenos Aires, Argentine political leaders reviled him publicly as "the leader of the opposition." When he defended Church teaching on issues like sexuality and marriage, they accused him of conducting "an inquisition." He wrote about his frustration with that ugly government and media narrative in his 2010 book, On Heaven and Earth. It's worth taking to heart.
So I hope that as he flies home on September 27, the Holy Father will understand that American Catholics share every ounce of his passion for Christian service and human dignity - beginning with the unborn child, but not ending there; including the poor and the immigrant, but reaching from conception to natural death and confirming that the "joy of the Gospel" comes from a Gospel of Life."


Note: Columns are published each week on www.CatholicPhilly.com and can also be found at http://archphila.org/archbishop-chaput/statements/statements.php.

What The Hell Happened To Jeb Bush?


What the hell happened to Jeb Bush?
Here's a guy who was supposed to be the immediate frontrunner for the 2016 GOP nomination.
He started with instant name-recognition, certified establishment backing, a sense of the heir apparent, an admittedly great record as Governor of Florida, zillions of dollars in donations, a big organization and what would seem to be an obvious leg up.
And so far he's does nothing but squander it.
What's the problem?
To begin with, Jeb has been less than inspiring. In fact, he's been boring.
He's coming off as somewhere between a nerd and a policy wonk. Wait, we don't wanna insult nerds. And, he'd have to show us he's better informed (or faster with his delivery, we suppose) to be a certified wonk.
No, he's coming off as an either/or guy -- the type of guy who says "Well, on the one hand; but on the other hand . . . "
That's boring.
This is definitely not the kind of guy you would want to have a beer with. And God forbid that you might have to sit through an entire dinner with him. Yawn . . . .
And, this too -- those outdated granny glasses that he wears make him seem old and professorial.
Jeb seems self-conscious and awkward and even testy lately.
He needs to be more spontaneous; more lively; more comfortable in his own skin.
We need to get a sense of a genuine person -- someone who really is running for president and who knows who he is and why he's running. We need a Jeb Bush who's unapologetically himself; who's not running away from himself or anyone or anything else; who doesn't look like a deer in headlights.
Hey, overall we've got nothing against the guy or his family. We like 'em.
But Jeb, C'mon -- get your act together!


'Mercy Prayer Cross' Unveiled For Pope's Visit

Today, the World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015 (WMOF) and Mercy Vocational High School unveiled the commemorative Mercy Prayer Cross designed and constructed for the World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015 Youth Congress.

The Mercy Prayer Cross stands ten feet high with a width of four and half feet. It was handcrafted by Mercy Vocational High School's Carpentry Teacher, Steve Hove, and carpentry students and finished with white paint to complete the beautiful design. Originally designed by the Venerable Catherine McAuley, Founder of the Sisters of Mercy, the contemporary version of the Mercy Cross forms a cross-within-a-cross, symbolizing dedication to the work of God and service to others through the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. 

During the World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015 Youth Congress, participants will join together to write notes of love and petition to Jesus on colorful pieces of paper, which will then be adhered to the sides of the cross, creating an ever-growing testament to the virtues of love and the power of prayer.

"We are excited and very grateful that Mercy Vocational High School took it upon themselves to dedicate their time and energy into creating this beautiful Mercy Prayer Cross, a daily focal point of the Youth Congress that will help stimulate thoughtful discussions around prayer and the importance of family in our lives," said Donna Crilley Farrell, Executive Director of the World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015. "In keeping with the Sisters of Mercy mission of living the Gospel in word and action to promote service to others, the commemorative cross will serve as a lasting symbol of the Youth Congress' positive impact on our next generation of world leaders."

The World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015 Youth Congress occurs simultaneously with the Adult Congress within the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PACC). The Youth Congress has a universal design and is accessible to all young people ages 6 to 17, who are registered and attending with their family. The Youth Congress is an interactive program designed around building, creating, playing, listening, serving and embracing the Mission of Love that brings Families Fully Alive.

"Inspired by the theme of World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015, Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,' our Building Trades staff and students joined together to handcraft and paint the Mercy Prayer Cross as we excitedly await the start of the Youth Congress and historic visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia," said Sister Rosemary Herron, President of Mercy Vocational High School. "The cross has a strong Catechesis Connection, virtues of love...is a lifelong project which builds upon habits of prayer' (#67). I am grateful that we have had the opportunity to create this centerpiece of prayer, joining together with pilgrims from around the world to celebrate love and family."

Co-sponsored by the Holy See's Pontifical Council for the Family and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the World Meeting of Families is a triennial global event that seeks to strengthen the sacred bonds of family across the globe and highlight its intrinsic value to the good of society. This international gathering will welcome Pope Francis to the United States for the first time in his Papacy. Being held in the United States for the first time ever, the official theme for the 2015 World Meeting of Families is "Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive."

For more information regarding the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, visit www.WorldMeeting2015.org

For more information regarding The Holy See's Pontifical Council for the Family, which co-sponsors the World Meeting of Families, visit http://www.familiam.org/famiglia_eng/00002554_HOME_ENG.html

You can also engage the World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia on Facebook (World Meeting of Families 2015) (Encuentro Mundial de las Familias - Filadelfia 2015), Twitter (@WMF2015) (@WMF2015ES) and Instagram (WMF2015).

About World Meetings of Families
Beginning with 1994, The Year of the Family, the Pontifical Council for the Family has been responsible for organizing the World Meetings of Families in Rome (1994); Rio de Janeiro (1997); Rome (2000); Manila (2003); Valencia (2006); Mexico City (2009); Milan (2012); and now, Philadelphia (2015). Since its inception by Saint John Paul II, the World Meeting of Families has sought to strengthen the sacred bonds of family across the globe.

About Mercy Vocational High School

Within a 21st century learning environment, we provide a Catholic education and a comprehensive, academic, career and technical school experience which prepares students for the workforce and/or post-secondary education. In the Mercy tradition, we live the Gospel in word and action and promote service to others. The Mercy Vocational High School graduate is a highly competent, compassionate, contributing member of the global community.

Hmmm . . . That Eerie Silence Is Deafening . . .



Fourteen police officers died in August -- seven in the last nine days.
A Texas Deputy was ambushed and assassinated. 
Yet there is no outcry, no outrage, and no comment whatsoever from our President?
That speaks volumes.