- Oct 30, 2020
At St. Brendan Catholic Church in a Miami suburb, there was no overt mention of Castro, but during the Prayers of the Faithful, one of the two priests prayed for “an end to communism, especially in Cuba and Venezuela.”
President-elect Donald Trump relied heavily on the importance of law and order. Father Dwight Longenecker reflects on the concepts of authority, justice and peace, and questions whether Catholics can support a law and order administration.
When the Democratic Party makes decisions about leadership, the House Minority Leader will be a pro-choice Catholic. Both current House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, and her challenger, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), consider themselves Catholic but also support legalized abortion.
A “Hipster Nativity” set being peddled by a group of friends features Joseph sporting a lumberjack beard and a man bun while he uses his iPhone to selfie the moment as the Segway-riding wise men present baby Jesus with amazon.com boxes.
As Holy Doors all over the U.S. close, the Jubilee Year of Mercy, called for by Pope Francis, draws to an end. The faithful express what they have done and learned to live out the Church’s call for mercy and forgiveness as they reflect on what will be its lasting legacy.
In small and often intimate gestures, there are big lessons for bishops to learn as they exercise their ministry, said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, in his final address as president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, adding that, “we bishops need those flashes of inspiration and encouragement from God.”