- October 17, 2016
At Notre Dame, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that “a smaller, lighter Church” of fewer but holier believers is preferable to one that promotes inclusion at the expense of orthodoxy, and suggested that many prominent Catholics are so weak in their faith that they ought to leave the Church.
In approaching difficult people with such a tempered approach, a person of good will can avoid being overwhelmed, hurt to the point of doubting, and strengthened in her convictions about human dignity and the transcendental, eternal identity of all people.
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.
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.
Though many Catholics tend to associate missionaries with Europeans or Americans serving in the developing world, this 79-year-old Japanese nun who gave her life to India’s poor and children with special needs shows that a missionary heart can open up anywhere.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said the best part of Thursday night’s Al Smith dinner came when candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton prayed together, which he said showcased the sometimes awkward “evening at its best.”
Young people are searching for meaning, and the best response is to go out to where they are, stop and listen to them and then call them to follow Jesus, the pope said Oct. 21, speaking to participants at a vocations promotion conference sponsored by the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy.
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.”
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.
In Gaitlinburg, Tennessee, St. Mary’s Catholic Church sees itself as the “Parish of the Smokies,” with families, hikers and nature-lovers from across the country and around the world routinely outnumbering local parish members at Sunday Mass.
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.
Beyond Trump v. Clinton, the other race of keen interest to American Catholics in 2016 is the mid-November election of new leadership for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, with the results certain to be read as an index of where the American hierarchy stands vis-à-vis Pope Francis.READ MORE
Cardinals are by definition a big deal, but it’s by no means automatic that all will one day be hailed as saints. In the pope’s latest crop of new cardinals, however, one already is — Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga of the Central African Republic, hailed as one of the “three saints of Bangui” for his peacemaking efforts.READ MORE
As part of Pope Francis’s ongoing financial clean-up operation at the Vatican, the Holy See and Italy have entered into a new agreement that requires all individuals and entities with accounts at the so-called ‘Vatican bank’ to report income for Italian tax purposes.READ MORE
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Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai said that on Sunday the Church in India was already planning to observe a special Day of Prayer for the nation and provide medical services for those dozens injured in the aftermath of a stampede in which 24 people died.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.