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For those who like to reminisce on bygone Hollywood films, let me call to mind one that still occasionally raises social controversy. The year was 1967 and the film was “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katherine Hepburn and Katherine Houghton. The plot concerns the Draytons, a wealthy, white, Catholic, California family who pride themselves in being “sixties liberals.”
“They might be thinking, ‘I’m going to keep this baby,’” Harriman explained. “But they can walk out of here, and once they tell the news to their parents or to the father, the influences that start coming into their life can really cause them to think differently or make them feel like they don’t have a choice or they need to do what they’re being pressured to do.”
For years the tall, dignified and white haired Wichorek drove to Holy Family Cathedral in downtown Anchorage before the start of noon Mass. There he led parishioners in the rosary — a prayer he said nearly every day of his life while meditating on the mysteries of the life of Jesus …
Pope Francis named a new bishop to oversee many of the Eastern rite Catholics located across the West Coast, including in Alaska.
A recent article from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University found that Catholics divorce at a much lower rate than most other demographics but still, 29 percent of Catholic marriages end in divorce. That is problematic for a church that unequivocally affirms that marriage is lifelong and indissoluble.
What began as a simple request from Holy Family Cathedral pastor Father Anthony Patalano to “clean up” the Stations of the Cross for the parish’s dedication soon became a lengthy overhaul of the 14 pieces.
Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage will welcome two new Dominican priests this summer, including a new pastor as retiring Dominican Father Anthony Patalano steps down to take a part-time assignment in Los Angeles.
As people of faith, we are called to unconditionally love those who suffer from a sexual identity crisis, listen to their struggle and lighten their burden however we can. Where friendship, prayer and counsel are needed we must step up. Christ would have no less.
On Wednesday, June 8, National Public Radio’s Hometown Alaska will feature a radio segment about young Alaskan men training for the priesthood.