Saint Mary’s hosts Cardinal for annual Aquinas lecture

first_imgSaint Mary’s hosted Cardinal Peter Turkson, first prefect of the dicastery for the promotion of integral human development, as its annual McMahon Aquinas lecture speaker Tuesday night. Turkson spoke of the Vatican’s perspective on helping the poor and vulnerable.Turkson discussed a three-part approach to identifying ways to assist the needy in society. It begins with seeing, he said, followed by judging and ending with acting.“We look at examples of representations of the poor and the vulnerable in our midst,” Turkson said. “This would be the moment of seeing for us, and then we shall seek to understand the humanity of the existence and the experiences of the poor and the vulnerable in our midst in the light of the Biblical Christian tradition, and that would be the moment of judgment. Finally, we should consider what concrete action may be formulated and applied as responses and remedies to the existence of the poor and the vulnerable in our midst, and then we act.” Anna Mason | The Observer Cardinal Peter Turkson addresses the Saint Mary’s community at the annual McMahon Aquinas lecture Tuesday night. The lecture explored the manner in which the Vatican works with the poor and the vulnerable.The inciting forces for Turkson’s work within the Vatican were one of Pope Francis’ Masses, during which he spoke about Catholics being guardians of the poor and environment, and later meetings Turkson had with leaders of popular movements.“Pope Francis’ invitation to be guardians drew attention to the poor in our midst,” Turkson said. “Then the invitation to the organizations meeting for the popular movement drew attention to the hopelessness of situations the poor … in our cities, the need for land for work, a roof over their head and what to do.”Turkson said the enemies to developing the poor are indifference and apathy.“We must never allow the culture of prosperity to deaden us and to make us incapable of feeling compassion for the outcry of the poor, weeping of other people’s pain and sense the need to help them at all,” he said. “We cannot remain silent in the face of the suffering of millions of people whose dignity is wounded, nor can we continue to move forward if the spread of poverty and injustice has not healed.”This apathy and indifference can be healed through the realization that all of humanity is rooted in Genesis from the same first family, Turkson said. This realization naturally leads to the necessity for equality.“The fact that they [humans] come from the same womb means that they share the same nature, that they are equal in dignity,” Turkson said. “One brother does not have more dignity than the other brother so that equality as an equal sense of dignity is very crucial and that means that it is crucial for both the rich and the poor.”All of humanity has an interest in promoting the human dignity of the poor, Turkson said.“There is nobody who can live full human dignity so long as there is another who cannot live in full human dignity,” he said.Turkson said he sees the end of inequality to come through the development of the poor and vulnerable in ways that recognize their God-given dignity. This development, Turkson said, comes through seeing that the world is equally given to all of humanity.“Development as a realization of human dignity must apply to all,” he said. “True development must then be universal, developing what every person possesses by nature. Everything that is created is destined for all of humanity, all of humanity is meant to benefit.”Human dignity and the responsibility of development applies not only to Catholics but also to political leaders. Turkson said the goal of a leader should be “an inclusive society and an inclusive political system.”“People who are responsible for public authority must have a valued conception of the common good, to promote and implement some of those conditions which permit and foster the human beings,” Turkson said.Tags: cardinal peter turkson, mcmahon aquinas lecture, Thomas Aquinaslast_img read more

Diane Kay Critser, 66

first_imgDiane Kay (Meyer) Critser, age 66, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday evening October 15, 2017 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus. She was a lifelong resident of Greensburg. Diane was born on March 3, 1951 in Greensburg to Hubert & Betty (Scheidler) Meyer. She spent her youth involved in Decatur County 4-H and graduated from Greensburg Community High School in 1969. Diane married Richard S. Critser on March 16, 1973 in Enochsburg. He survives after 44 devoted years of marriage. Diane was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a devout Catholic and a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg. Diane was also a member of the Tri Kappa Sorority Greensburg Chapter. She worked for over 40 years as an independent seamstress, sewing drapes for hundreds of clients, always paying particular attention to detail in all of her work. Diane was an avid sports fan, watching college basketball and cheering on the Indiana Pacers and the Indianapolis Colts. Diane enjoyed decorating for the holidays, ceramics, and spending time in the outdoors tending to her flowers and yard. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly. She will be remembered most for her caring, selfless nature. She will be greatly missed by her husband Richard, mother: Betty Meyer of Greensburg, children: Carla (husband, Ted) Wiles of Noblesville, Kyle (wife, Rachel) Critser of Oxford, Ohio, grandchildren: Ella, Charlie & Norah Reiger, AJ & Alexandr Wiles, siblings: Steve (wife, JoAnn) Meyer, Rick (wife, Karen) Meyer both of Greensburg and Ginny (husband, Paul) Gordon of Cambridge City as well as several nieces and nephews. Diane was preceded in death by her father Hubert Meyer. Father John Meyer will conduct a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am on Friday, October 20th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church: 1331 E. Hunter Robbins Way in Greensburg. A rosary will be prayed at 4 p.m. Thursday, October 19th followed by public visitation until 8 p.m. at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home: 302 N. Franklin St. in Greensburg. Friends may also call Friday morning at St. Mary’s Catholic Church from 9 a.m. until the funeral mass at 10. Burial will be at South Park Cemetery in Greensburg. Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown. Memorial contributions can be sent in honor of Diane to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana: 2626 E. 17th St. Columbus, IN 47201. Condolences can be sent to the Critser family at www.meredith-clark.com. Information: 812-597-4670last_img read more