Dissing the Deaf

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http://video.pbs.org/viralplayer/2365462349

Here is a great video about the subject matter of Word & Sign. This little Deaf parish in NY, St. Elizabeth’s, is petitioning the Pope himself in order to keep from closing for budgetary reasons. Look at them, how beautiful they are in their sign language Mass and choir! If the Deaf can’t come first in their own historically Deaf parish, what does the gospel mean to the Archdiocese of NY? Must the larger, richer parish down the street always run the show and sweep these devout, long-suffering people into some kind of second-class, off-schedule, “charitable” service?

You can find more comments from the reporter at the Huff Post online, here.

The Spanish Fr. MD?

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I recently came across the vlog of Fr. Yanes Augustin Valer, the Spanish deaf priest born in 1929 in Cuba and ordained in 1967. That makes him 85 years old and 46 years a priest! Here is his homily from the 16th Sunday in Ordinary time. Fr. Valer posts a homily every Sunday, just like Fr. Mike Depcik does in the U.S. Fr. Valer’s homily seems to be in singed Spanish, as he is voicing while he signs. I wonder how much of his homily ASL users could understand? I think the signs are very similar to ASL, and the movements and facial expressions basically the same as ours. I so wish I could meet him.