• In their quest to reform the liturgy, some Catholics hope to remake the culture

    • Jun 5, 2015

    NEW YORK — The crowd in front of Hunter College on a rainy Monday evening in June is intentionally old-school. About a dozen young men, most with short, gelled hair, stand in a circle chatting. Dressed in long black cassocks, each sporting a wide, bright-white clerical collar, they sip from

  • Pope calls for end to nuclear weapons, slavery

    • Dec 10, 2014

    ROME — From the beginning of his pontificate, Francis has aspired to be a “Peace Pope,” and in two major messages this week he issued strong pleas for both nuclear disarmament and putting an end to human trafficking, the modern equivalent of the slave trade. “Nuclear deterrence and the threat

  • ‘God is love … but love is tied to suffering’

    • Oct 27, 2014

    From “CHRIST ACTUALLY: The Son of God for the Secular Age” by James Carroll, to be published Nov. 13. Reprinted by arrangement with Viking, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC. Copyright © 2014 by James Carroll. In the beginning, Jesus was a boy with whom to identify. A favored

  • 5 things to know about Pope Paul VI

    • Oct 19, 2014

    Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI on Sunday at the end of a remarkable meeting of Catholic bishops discussing family life, marriage, divorce, sex, and gay unions. Paul VI oversaw the Second Vatican Council, the 1962-65 worldwide Church meetings which brought the Catholic Church into modern times. The parallels between

  • Vatican pendulum swings from theater to substance

    • Apr 29, 2014

    In Rome the pendulum is swinging from public theater to behind-the-scenes substance this week, as two closed-door meetings tackle two of the most serious challenges facing Pope Francis: Vatican reform and the child sexual abuse scandals. Following Sunday’s massive canonization ceremony for Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, the