- May 26, 2020
World Youth Day, a massive youth festival staged somewhere in the world every two or three years, has been styled as the “Catholic Woodstock,” but that fails to do justice to its impact — on vocations, on youth ministry, and in changed lives.
In an interview on the 10th anniversary of his appointment as the Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl says most people seem enthused by Pope Francis, warns against “secular hegemony” and “silence” on anti-Christian persecution, and says priests are grateful for the pope’s approach on the family.
Despite the fact that four of the fourteen independent Eastern Orthodox churches of the world opted not to show up, an expert on Orthodoxy insists that the “Holy and Great Council” in Crete in late June was significant, arguing that meeting together to hash out issues is part of the DNA of Orthodoxy.
Justin Menno, one of the few people researching these topics, argues there are four reasons why it’s important to bury abortion victims: Human decency, truthfulness in law, a witness of history, and resistance to a contemporary “throwaway culture.”
In the unlikely setting of the Ozarks, a new structure within the Catholic Church intended to provide space for former Anglicans to preserve their patrimony puts down roots and finds an improbable appeal even to Baptists and Pentecostals.
George Weigel believes that in Krakow this July during World Youth Day, there will be two starring roles — Pope Francis, who’ll lead the celebration, and St. John Paul II, who founded it against considerable opposition and skepticism. “This isn’t ‘Hamlet’,” Weigel says, “it’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’.”