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Catholic Bishop Gumbleton returns to Tulsa speaking Friday, May 6th on “Whatever  Happened to Vatican II ?” at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 4001 E. 101st St. at 7:30 p.m.

Bishop Gumbleton will celebrate Mass Saturday, May 7th 8:30 a.m. at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, 1347 E. 49th Place.

An advocate of peace, award winning speaker and writer Bishop Thomas  Gumbleton of Detroit  speaks  on Vatican II,  covering  the Church’s response to peace and justice, racial diversity, racism, sexism, ageism,  poverty, homosexuality, third world debt...

“Gumbleton has a long reputation as a champion of difficult causes and has consistently spoken out on such matters as violence, poverty and militarism”
National Catholic Reporter


The Epiphany Group presents this free lecture. Please attend both the lecture and the Mass.

For more information:
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Information about Bishop Gumbleton

Bishop Gumbleton recently turned 75, the normal retirement age for Bishops. But he would prefer NOT to resign. An article in the Detroit Free Press looks at his comments about resigning and profiles the Bishop's career.

The Bishop has a weekly on-line column, The Peace Pulpit, featuring transcripts of his homilies at St. Leos in Detroit

Background: Bishop Thomas Gumbleton is the pastor of St. Leo's parish in the inner city of Detroit, Michigan. He was ordained to the Priesthood on June 2nd 1956. In 1964 he graduated from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, Italy, as a Doctor of Canon Law. He was named Bishop on March 4th, 1968. As a member of the Bishops committee, he helped draft the significant pastoral letter called The Challenge of Peace in 1983.

Recognition: Bishop Gumbleton is the founding president of Pax Christi USA (1972-1991), former president of Bread for the World (1976-84) and co-founder of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (1980). He has been a board member of numerous organizations including the MK Gandhi institute of Non-violence, New Ways Ministry, Witness for Peace, and the Fellowship of Reconciliation. He has received numerous awards for his actions on behalf of peace and justice including the Pax Christi USA Pope Paul VI Teacher of Peace Award (1991) and Call To Action's Leadership Award (1995). He was bestowed the University of Notre Dame Peacemaker award in 1991. In 1997 he was awarded the National Peace Foundation Award of Peacemaker/Peacebuilder in Washington, D.C.

Involvement: Over the years, his journeys of peace have brought him to Vietnam, Iran, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico City, Kazakhstan, Hiroshima, Jordan, Haiti, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Iraq (six times from 1990 to 2001), Peru, Colombia, and most recently, Afghanistan (June 2002).He of ten serves as expert witness, endorses significant causes, and participates in actions of civil disobedience, fasts, and prayer vigils.

Voice: Bishop Gumbleton is a noted speaker and writer. His columns appear regularly in the National Catholic Reporter. His weekly column, containing transcripts of this homilies at St. Leos in Detroit, The Peace Pulpit, is featured on the website of the National Catholic Reporter. As a member of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops, he encourages the hierarchy of the Catholic Church to keep justice and peace issues high on their list of priorities.

Some Articles by Bishop Gumbleton

Living Nonviolence in Today’s Reality
Bishop Thomas Gumbleton (July 2002)

I have a conviction that it’s a choice between what we’d like to call pax Americana, or the other choice, pax Christi. On October 7, when President Bush announced the war strikes on the Taliban in al-Qaeda targets in Afghanistan, he said, “We are a peaceful nation!” Then a few days later while speaking at the FBI headquarters, he declared, “This is the calling of United States — the most free nation in the world, a nation built on fundamental values that reject hate, reject violence, reject murderers, and rejects evil. He says we are a peaceful nation, and that’s what we stand for. He would call it, I’m sure, “peace America, or pax Americana.”  Click here for complete article


President's policies are in opposition to a culture of life
an editorial by Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

...How are Catholics to deal with this split between rhetoric and reality? Ours must be a prophetic voice. We must call on Bush to account for a deeply troubling record. And we must also challenge Democrats to embrace the entire culture of life, not just a selective economic and social agenda. The sad reality of American political life is that no candidate or party embraces and advances a "culture of life" in the fullest sense of the term...Yet responsible citizenship calls us to cast our vote Nov. 2. How do we choose amongst imperfect candidates? We must each consult our conscience and consider the entirety of church teaching. And, as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' voter guide, Faithful Citizenship, encourages, we should measure "all candidates, policies, parties and platforms by how they protect or undermine the life, dignity, and rights of the human person, whether they protect the poor and vulnerable and advance the common good." What we will not do is vote for a candidate just because he uses words that we like to hear; remembering, as scripture tells us, that we must be "doers of the Word and not hearers only." Click here to read the complete editorial

Transcript of presentation by Bishop Gumbleton in Lexington, Mass. on May 25, 2002 about the Church in Crisis

Transcripts of Bishop Gumbleton's weekly homilies at St. Leo's in Detroit are published weekly on the web site of the National Catholic Reporter in his column, the Peace Pulpit.

Click here for a complete curriculum vitae for Bishop Gumbleton





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