• Want the ‘Francis effect’? Try saying you’re sorry … and mean it

    Want the ‘Francis effect’? Try saying you’re sorry … and mean it

    • May 25, 2016

    Perhaps repentance isn’t the first thing you think of when you think of a college graduation. But at The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C., it has become something of a commencement theme. Two years ago, Philip Rivers, quarterback for the San Diego Chargers, talked about the importance of

  • Two views on what ‘Amoris Laetitia’ really means

    • Apr 11, 2016

    Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia, on love in the family,” has sparked widespread reaction. Here, a pastor argues that the document affords some flexibility for those in ‘irregular’ situations, while a canon lawyer says that the law barring divorced and civilly remarried Catholics from Communion hasn’t changed.

  • Pope's family manifesto offers cautious opening on Communion

    Pope's family manifesto offers cautious opening on Communion

    • Apr 8, 2016

    ROME— In a highly anticipated document released Friday, Pope Francis touches on every issue concerning what he calls the “Christian proclamation on the family:” From immigration to gender ideology, to the challenge of dialogue within families and the need for stronger marriage preparation and greater support for couples just starting

  • Church scrambles to save ‘endangered sacrament’ of confession

    Church scrambles to save ‘endangered sacrament’ of confession

    • Apr 1, 2016

    As Pope Francis was personally hearing confessions in the Vatican at the beginning of Lent, dioceses at his invitation were launching an ambitious initiative called “24 Hours for the Lord” to invite lapsed Catholics back to the Church and, in particular, to the sacrament of reconciliation. Confession often goes hand

  • Can sacraments be administered outside a church?

    • Jun 1, 2015

    Q. Recently, at a Catholic boys’ high school, the priest who is the campus minister gave First Holy Communion and also (during the same ceremony) the sacrament of confirmation to six young men. I’m certain that the priest received permission from our bishop to do this, but I have two