- Sep 18, 2020
In a conversation with Crux’s John Allen, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia explains why he thinks Americans are living in a ‘post-Christian’ culture, and also why he thinks it would be a good idea for Pope Francis to answer the dubia about ‘Amoris Laetitia.’
Hosffman Ospino of Boston College reminds American Catholics “that 60 percent of U.S. Catholics younger than eighteen are Hispanic. This is not a number that we can afford to ignore as a church! If we do the math, just in a few years, the majority of Catholics in the United States will share a Hispanic background. They will be writing the next chapter of the history of U.S. Catholicism, but they will not—and should not—do it alone.”
The lone abuse survivor currently serving as an active member of Pope Francis’s commission to fight clerical sexual abuse has quit, citing resistance to the commission’s efforts within the Roman Curia — not over the issue of child protection, she says, but rather the machinations of ‘Vatican politics.’
Catholic Concern for Animals, a UK-based group that seeks to raise consciousness in the Catholic world and beyond about animal welfare, was once praised by Pope Paul VI for practicing a “gentle love which is an important fruit of Christian charity.”
St. Paul Street Evangelization may send Catholics to the street corners to preach the Gospel, but it’s hardly the fire-and-brimstone message associated with fundamentalists. Instead, it’s patient, never angry, and fully Catholic — and, based on its track record, the method works.
Well before the 1973 ‘Roe v. Wade’ decision, according to historian Daniel K. Williams, there was a vibrant pro-life movement that originated mostly on the left, not the right, which suggests caution for pro-lifers today about becoming overly identified with one political side.