- May 24, 2020
Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas recently decided that parishes in his archdiocese would stop hosting Girl Scout troops, affiliating instead with the American Heritage Girls. In a Crux interview, he said it’s indicative of “an increasingly hostile secular culture, which is promoting things very different from the Gospel of Jesus Christ and our vision of the human person.”
The Catholic Diocese of Charlotte said it would be sinful to receive a fake sacrament from a woman priest and that includes attending a fake Mass. The statement came after the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests held an ordination ceremony in North Carolina, and announced they had ordained a female Catholic priest.
Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City has reached a sane, balanced conclusion in deciding to transition his diocese away from the Girl Scouts. Available evidence shows women are much better off if they take sex seriously, understand its natural links with marriage and kids, delay sex at best until marriage, practice a faith, and avoid nonmarital parenting, abortion, and divorce.
Can pro-lifers be feminist? Women met for a panel discussion on the issues, hailing from both sides of the abortion debate. Though the panelists did not agree on abortion they ultimately admitted that more must be done to provide appropriate health care for women and that the tags and and labels are mostly hindering that goal.
A March 22-25 summit of African Catholic leaders in Rome was far too complex to summarize, but perhaps the best stab at a big-picture take-away is that it marked the launch of ‘African Catholicism 2.0’: More universally oriented, more honest about itself, and more balanced in its judgment of the ‘other.’
Today marks Francis’s four-year anniversary as pope, what Americans might think of as the end of his ‘first term.’ Looking back, the last four years seem a story of some clear papal wins, a few mixed verdicts, and several incomplete grades.