- Mar 27, 2020
Under the clear, California-blue skies of Napa Valley, 15 bishops and 100 priests gathered with over 500 lay Catholics and women religious to discuss religion and drink wine, brainstorm solutions and smoke cigars, not to mention celebrate Mass over 100 times in the span of just a few days.
The organizers of the 9th annual conference at the Napa Institute call for a greater involvement of the laity beyond political divides.
The Napa Legal Institute seeks to help Catholic organizations deal with legal challenges in an increasingly secular society.
Timothy Busch, a conservative Catholic lawyer and donor, is denying claims he was consulted on a letter written last month by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò alleging, among other things, that Pope Francis ignored accusations of sexual abuse by a prominent cleric in Washington, D.C.
Speaking to the Napa Institute recently, New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan took on the modern tendency to want spirituality with a church. The wounds of the church that drive many people away, he suggested, may also be where to start in terms of inviting them back.