first_imgPope Francis’s recent apostolic exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium,” highlighted many of the economic and social justice issues of today’s world and prompted reactions from critics worldwide.  William Purcell, associate director for Catholic Social Tradition and Practice at the Center for Social Concerns, said the pope “is not being an idealist, but a realist with ideals.”  Purcell said the apostolic exhortation’s contents are both prescriptive and intellectual, focusing largely on pastoral theology and how the Church can engage and shepherd people. “Francis addresses [“Evangelii Gaudium”] to the whole people of God, so not just to the laity, but also to the bishops, clergy and religious,” Purcell said. “He’s talking to the leaders at all levels, including lay leaders … and he’s challenging us to find creative ways to share the key emphasis of God, which is love.”  Many of the critiques of and negative reaction to the text are “short-sighted,” Purcell said, misunderstanding the context of the pope’s statements and its background in Catholic Social Tradition. One notable criticism came from talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, who said Francis’s ideas were “pure Marxism” in a Nov. 27 show about the document, titled “It’s Sad How Wrong Pope Francis Is.”  Purcell said people should remember that the pope is writing about theology, not ideology. “What he’s really talking about is joy – that’s what ‘gaudium’ means,” Purcell said. “He’s talking about how we’re called to evangelize and that nobody likes a grim do-gooder. “What he’s saying is that we’ve got to be joyful about it, we’ve got to be embracing it. We should attract people by our actions, and so we should be joyful and life-giving.”  The apostolic exhortation is the first thing Francis has written completely on his own during his papacy, and Purcell said it presents his vision of what the Church is about, speaking from his position as the head of the institution. “I think it’s exciting because people have been taking notice,” Purcell said. “Some people react to it out of their ideology and not their theology, and people struggle with some of the things he’s talking about.”  Purcell said throughout the document, Francis quotes bishops from across the world, as well as past popes and saints. Because of this, the content “isn’t new, but part of our tradition.”  “His insight comes from talking about these things in a new style, in an uplifting way, so people see the power of what we’re called to do,” Purcell said. “He becomes so welcoming, so charismatic, and he speaks to the common person.  “It doesn’t become esoteric or dense, because he’s speaking to the person in the pew. People can read this and understand it … and I think they get excited by it.”  The four main themes of the text are joy, poverty, peace and justice, Purcell said. Beyond the thematic theological elements, Francis “becomes prescriptive and deals with real, concrete ways of addressing problems,” he said. “The beauty of the exhortation is that he writes so well, and he writes so positively and so openly,” Purcell said. “This is a pope who is a Jesuit, so he’s a thinker. There are ideals of things like solidarity and the common good, but he’s being a realist about how we try to address those things. “He gives concrete examples; he names saints or people or particular things so it doesn’t just become words like ‘solidarity,’ but you get the stories and symbols and scripture behind that makes it come alive.”  To best utilize the document’s wisdom, Purcell said parishes need to find a way to break it into parts and find pastoral applications for it. “It’s too much to swallow all at one time, because it’s so rich and there’s so much good within it,” he said. “But it’s fun to look at since [Pope Francis is] just so positive, and he speaks so directly. He’s prophetic, but not obnoxious.”  Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at ajakubo1@nd.edulast_img read more

first_imgJAMESTOWN, N.D. – IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car drivers from 12 states and Can­ada have already pre-registered for the 30th annual Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour. Williston Basin Speedway is the next stop on Tuesday, July 9. The series then heads to South­west Speedway in Dickinson on Wednesday, July 10. Dacotah Speedway in Mandan hosts Champion­ship Night on Thursday, July 11, and the Corral Sales Legendary 50 on Friday, July 12. Questions about the Dakota Classic Tour can be directed to Director John Gartner at 701 202-6075. Pre-entered Modified drivers include:  The Legendary 50 pays a record $10,004 to win the IMCA Modified feature, another 2019 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. Cole Anderson, Northfield, Minn.; Casey Arneson, Fargo; Randy Artz, Battle Mountain, Nev.; Reese Artz, Battle Mountain, Nev.; Hank Berry, Sidney, Mont.; Tom Berry, Newburg; Justin Bieber, Fairview, Mont.; Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn.; Kevin Bliese, Bath, S.D.; Cody Blixt, Clancy, Mont.; Chris Bragg, Springtown, Texas; Brian Brennan. Rozet, Wy.; Jarrett Carter, Lisbon; Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa; John Corell, Jamestown; Jason Dinius, Dickinson; Zach Dockter, Norwich; Tracy Domagala, Bismarck; John Flory, Williston; Isaiah Geisel, Torquay, Sask.; Dylan Goplen, Fargo; Randy Gordon, Jamestown; Don Gumke, Jamestown; Travis Hagen, McGregor; Tyler Hall, Fertile, Minn.; Keith Hammett, Brookland, Ark.; Mike Hansen, Dickinson; Brad Hartigan, Dickinson; Robert Hellebust, Minot; Jason Hicks, Dickinson; Vernon Hill, Black Eagle, Mont.; Vernon Hill Jr., Black Eagle, Mont.; Jordan Huettl, Minot; Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.; Kyler Jeffrey, Williston; Paul Jones Jr., Casper, Wy.; Billy Kendall, Baxter, Minn.; Allen Kent, West Fargo; Rusty Kollman, Carrington; Jeremiah LaDue, Trenton; Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; Dale Neitzel, Billings, Mont.; Shawn Nostdahl, Bottineau; John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz.; Cody Peterson, Glyndon, Minn.; Kale Peterson, Estevan, Sask.; Steven Pfeifer, Minot; Jon Plowman, Woodbine, Iowa; Alan Riley, Florence, Mont.; Josh Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn.; Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa; Darren Schatz, Williston; Brent Schlafmann, Bismarck; Chris Schroeder, Williston; Jake Schroeder, Williston; Chris Seekings, Minot; Marlyn Seidler, Underwood; Jesse Skalicky, Fargo;Shawn Strand, Mandan.Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel, Iowa; Marcus Tomlinson, Turtle Lake; Myles Tomlinson, Turtle Lake; Travis Ulmer, Mandan; Tim Ward, Harcourt, Iowa; Jason Wolla, Ray;Austin Wolf, Algona, Iowa. More than $120,000 in payout is offered for the tour and another $30,000 is posted for the Legend­ary. In addition, $3,000 will go to the top 10 in IMCA series points in both divisions and $20,000 in contingency prizes will be awarded to the top 25 in tour points. Justin Bachmeier, Williston; Austin Daae, Estevan, Sask.; Chase Davidson, Macoun, Sask.; Chris Ellis, Williston; Dalton Flory, Williston; Scott Gartner, Jamestown; Mike Hagen, Williston; Chris Hortness, Estevan, Sask.; Jace Iverson, Tioga; Keith Mattox, Ray; Jake Nelson, Williston; John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz.; Randy Schultz, Swift Current, Sask.; Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel, Iowa; A.J. Zimmerman, Cleveland, Minn. Former Modified tour champions among the early entries are Marlyn Seidler (1994), Hank Berry (2003, 2004, 2008 and 2012), Troy Cordes (2006), Jeff Taylor (2014), Ricky Thornton Jr. (2015) and Hunter Marriott (2016-2018).  If fans can’t make it to the track(s), the entire tour will be broadcast world-wide by IMCA-TV.  All Modified features pay $2,400 to win and are qualifying events for the 2019 Fast Shafts All-Star Invi­tational ballot, while all Stock Car features pay $800 to win. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Side Biter Chassis North Central Region and EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region, and E3 Spark Plugs State points, but no track points will be awarded each night of the tour. National, regional and state points are at stake for the Legendary. The tour starts its six consecutive day run Saturday, July 6 at Jamestown Speedway. The Tour then goes to Nodak Speedway at Minot on Sunday, July 7. On Monday, July 8, the series travels across the international border to Estevan, Sask., Motor Speedway.  Pre-entered Stock Car drivers are:last_img read more

first_imgMassimo Allegri insists Arturo Vidal will make his Juventus return this week as he again played down speculation linking the midfielder with a move to Manchester United.United have been chasing the Chilean all summer and his absence from the Juve side that won a 5-0 friendly with a select Singapore side on Saturday inevitably led to claims a £40million-plus deal could be imminent.The Serie A side’s recently appointed manager Allegri, however, says the 27-year-old is simply being eased back in after his World Cup exploits and is unconcerned by the constant talk over the player’s future.“He is a lion in a cage. He would like to play, but he needs to train more,” Allegri told Gazzetta dello Sport.“We will put him in the field against Villar Perosa [on Wednesday] or in the TIM Trophy [later this week].“Arturo has great spirit. It is normal that there are rumours about him – great teams seek out the big players. But Vidal is already at a great team.” 1 Arturo Vidal last_img read more