When asked why, in light of scandal, Miller would join the Catholic Church, he said “this is the church that Christ founded” and second, because Christ promised “the gates of hell would not prevail against the church until the end of time.”
Abortions reported in Alaska dropped last year, but increasingly, abortion practitioners are performing chemical abortions later in pregnancy – killing later-term unborn babies and exposing mothers to greater risks of complications that result in surgery.
Alaska’s highest ranking Catholic prelate who leads 30,000 Catholics in Southcentral Alaska — Anchorage Archbishop Paul Etienne — has called doctor-prescribed suicide “a violation of principles of good medicine.”
A new atheism is on the rise in the U.S. and it portends dangerous social consequences, according to Dominican Father Justin Gable, professor at Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology of Berkeley. Average atheists “are just not interested in God” the way their predecessors were, Father Gable told Alaskans last month.
“Not all my brother priests have the desire to jump out of airplanes in minus eight-degree weather,” he said. “They don’t even want to think about doing that. The fact that I’m at all attracted to it, you know, I got to go here, I’ve got to do it, because if not, I’m kind of holding out,” he explained.
“I am Bishop Etienne, your brother Paul. I come as the new archbishop of Anchorage, and I seek to enter this fine cathedral,” Archbishop Etienne announced. It was his formal entrance to the seat of the Archdiocese of Anchorage, a homecoming to the universal church as it is manifest in Anchorage.
From teen shoe salesman in Tell City, Indiana, to archbishop of Anchorage, it seems his life has been full of unexpected turns. That’s how Bishop Paul Etienne of Cheyenne, Wyoming, described his elevation to archbishop and assignment to the Far North. But some people weren’t too surprised the pope chose him for greater responsibilities, namely the family who watched him grow up.
Some words and rituals in Catholic weddings in Alaska will change, beginning this fall — and Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz believes those changes are part of a needed response to secular efforts to redefine marriage.
Many Catholic parents, like Owens, home-school in order to cultivate the Catholic faith in their children. They believe children need time in the nurturing environment of home to develop the virtues necessary to become good citizens and most importantly, to reach heaven.
The oldest parish in Anchorage — Holy Family Cathedral — has just been dedicated. In a June 5 Mass, Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz blessed the 100-year-old parish, its altar, walls and stained glass windows.