The Field Hospital for June 22, 2016: Covering parish life

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by Peter Feuerherd

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Editor's note: "The Field Hospital" blog series covers life in U.S. and Canadian Catholic parishes. The title comes from Pope Francis' words: "I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. …"

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A parishioner complains about a pastor preaching liberal politics from the pulpit. In this election year, could Catholics in the pews be spared promulgations from on high about which candidate is the best? Or the least awful?

A priest offers a ministry to the families of those killed and wounded in Orlando. His Mexican heritage helps connect with the families, many of whom come from Latin America.

As the Archdiocese of Philadelphia calls out parishioner legislators supportive of expanding the statute of limitations on sex abuse crimes, the British Guardian describes the approach as a "Mafia" tactic.

A Pew Study indicates that Americans are increasingly denomational shifters. Many of those are Catholic. Some reasons why they make the switch.

There's much pain and anguish in the little city of Camden, N.J., but also reasons for hope. Oblate volunteers get involved in the life of what is often referred to as America's poorest and most crime-ridden town.

A Franciscan parish in Manhattan spotlights a film documentary that describes how the NRA keeps a stranglehold over gun policy in our country.

The world needs one less golf course and one more church -- so thinks the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

[Peter Feuerherd is a professor of communications and journalism at St. John's University in New York and contributor to NCR's Field Hospital blog.]

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