- October 21, 2016
If we're not weeping right now for the persecuted people, including Christians, of Iraq -- or, for that matter, if we're not weeping for our own nation as we approach election day -- then we've lost not only real faith, but also our humanity.
Pope Francis has labored to draw attention to issues involving immigrants in the United States, though obviously in a very different way from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, highlighting why immigration reform has to be considered part of a "consistent ethic of life."
Knowing something of Pope Francis's troubled Jesuit history makes his address yesterday to the General Congregation in Rome even more remarkable. In it Francis managed to heal both the Jesuits' 1970s loss of identity as well as the misunderstandings they suffered afterwards.
A federal judge has again postponed the child pornography sentencing of a former Navy chaplain and Catholic priest who was convicted of sexually assaulting a Naval Academy midshipman years ago, after his attorneys complained prosecutors are seeking a harsher sentence than planned.
Seven young women in Kirkuk, Iraq, credit the Virgin Mary for their safety after spending a harrowing eight hours hidden underneath beds while Islamic State group fighters used their room as a hideout during an assault on the city.
God’s law was made not “to make us slaves but to make us free, to make us children” of God, Pope Francis said in his homily during Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae Oct. 24, and the result is that people rigidly bound to the law suffer pain, pride and often live a double life.
Facing charges that a charity project in Congo in which it participated involved the distribution of artificial contraception, Catholic Relief Services, the official overseas humanitarian agency of the U.S. bishops, rejected the complaints, citing a lack of clarity in project reports.
Polish women again donned black and took to the streets on Sunday, launching another round of protests against efforts by the nation’s conservative leaders, bolstered by Poland’s Catholic traditions, to tighten an already restrictive abortion law.
The Jesuits aim to “move forward, overcoming the impediments which the enemy of human nature puts in our way when, in serving God, we are seeking the greater good,” Pope Francis told more than 200 Jesuits chosen to represent the more than 16,000 Jesuits at the order’s general congregation.
How should the Church respond to the twin challenges of gender ideology and the suffering of those with gender dysphoria? So far popes and bishops have been better at the first, suggesting Catholics are more concerned with teaching than people — but that is now changing.
Catholics are rightly frustrated with an overly rigid separation of faith and politics, but confusing the two is dangerous as well, because it can induce Catholics to shift their values to accommodate their candidate rather than the other way around.
Although nobody believes there’s going to be a papal election anytime soon, the consistory taking place next month to create 17 new cardinals, 13 eligible to vote, is nevertheless the closest thing the Catholic Church has to the Iowa Caucus, when all the candidates are on display.READ MORE
Pope Francis on Sunday decried the cold-blood killing of civilians in the ongoing fighting to free Mosul, in Iraq, currently a stronghold of the terrorist organization ISIS, which is reportedly using entire families as human shields.READ MORE
Monsignor Guido Marini, the papal master of liturgical ceremonies, says that when conflicts erupt in a parish over how the Mass ought to be celebrated, sometimes it’s better to walk away momentarily defeated “rather than generate divisions and conflict that do no good.”READ MORE
Critics have seen the idea of a ‘Consistent Ethic of Life’ as code for ignoring or playing down abortion, and in some cases they may have a point, but that’s not how the vast majority of Church leaders such as Pope Francis see it.READ MORE
In one of the tensest and most violence-prone corners of the world, the tiny Samaritan minority in the West Bank manages to create a zone of peace where both Israelis and Palestinians feel safe, in a tradition of compassion and understanding that stretches back to the Bible.READ MORE
The English bishop William Kenney is a key figure in the official Catholic-Lutheran dialogue, and will be with Pope Francis in Sweden at the end of the month. He believes unity is a matter of decades away, and it’s possible that Francis may use the trip to make a gesture on inter-communion.READ MORE