- May 26, 2020
If we want to talk about conversions, protection from enemies, battling heresy, building culture and so on, Mary’s influence is unparalleled. In “The Marian Option,” Dr. Carrie Gress says even if it does appear that the power of evil is winning in today’s world, we know that Mary is still more powerful.
According to one of the organizers of Pope Francis’s upcoming January outing to Chile and Peru, the trip couldn’t come at a better time, offering the hope of a “revolution of affection” for a society in Chile increasingly caught up both in national tensions and also cross-border disputes with its neighbors, any of which could turn violent.
Catholic bishops may have a lot of bureaucratic duties to perform, but that doesn’t mean bishops believe the solution to the Church’s problems is always bureaucratic. Pressed for an example of evangelical creativity, for instance, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, points to a lawyer who sets up tables at Husker football games every weekend, handing out rosaries and answering questions about Catholicism.
“National parishes” were common before 1920. They served the specific needs of ethnic Catholics, whether German, Polish, Portuguese, etc. Should the Church in the United States return to the model of “personal parishes” to better serve the specialized needs of the 21st century?
Given the mushrooming presence of undocumented immigrants in Colorado, one might think church leaders risk extra blowback when they speak out on immigrant rights. Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, however, says there’s precious little, in part because Catholics see these immigrants in their parishes and know they’re almost all “really good people.”
Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City-Kansas candidly admits that sometimes Pope Francis makes him a little bit nervous, but also says it’s not necessarily the pope’s job to make his life easier. He also says that underlying the rise of the ‘nones’ and defections from the Church is failure to foster a personal encounter with Jesus Christ.