- October 28, 2016
On the way back from Sweden, Pope Francis appeared to suggest that the Church's ban on women priests is "forever." What that doesn't address is where he may come down on women deacons, which seems harder to handicap -- but the right place to start is his aversion to clericalism.
Pope Francis on Tuesday said that fear is a poor adviser for countries struggling to set policies for immigrants and refugees, suggested that Catholicism's ban on women priests is "forever," and also confirmed that the Vatican will participate in talks to try to address Venezuela's tensions under President Nicolas Maduro.
19th-century France, Emmanuel d’Alzon, founder of the Augustinians of the Assumption, was as disgusted with politics as many Americans are in 2016, and he correctly diagnosed the problem: People weren't being properly formed, and as a result, passion prevailed over prudence.
During his two-day trip to Sweden, on Tuesday Pope Francis celebrated a Mass for All Saint’s Day and offered a new list of beatitudes, including “blessed are those who protect and care for our common home” and “blessed are those who pray and work for full communion between Christians.”
In England and Wales, the Catholic bishops’ conference launched a website and Instagram page on Nov. 1 to offer advice on “helping people to die in peace” and to share resources on “death, dying and eternity,” including a fictional story narrated by English actress Vanessa Redgrave.
HAGATNA, Guam — A lawyer for four former altar boys has filed a new civil lawsuit against the Catholic Church in Guam, Archbishop Anthony Apuron and Father Louis Brouillard over child sexual abuse. A statement was released by the men’s attorney Tuesday afternoon in Hagatna. Three of the men, now
Venezuela’s opposition warily welcomed on Tuesday the government’s release of four jailed activists, a response to the Vatican’s efforts to avert bloodshed and dampen acrimony in the oil-rich South American country.
While full unity, including intercommunion, between Catholics and Lutherans may still be a long way off, Monday’s historic encounter between Pope Francis and the Lutheran World Federation in Sweden nevertheless moved the ball significantly toward an “ecumenism of mercy.”
Although the latest strong earthquake to strike central Italy so far hasn’t claimed any lives, it did destroy a fabled 13th century Benedictine monastery in Norcia built on the site of a first century ancient Roman building. A Benedictine nun said hearing the quake was like listening to the earth “roar.”
As Catholic author Peter Kreft has written, “The conservative … failed to see that truth without love is not even the absolute truth, and the liberal fails to see that love without truth is not even the absolute love, not true love. Thus each side fails to see not only the other’s absolute, but even its own.”
While one terminally ill young women made headlines across the country two years ago by advocating for the right to end her life, another, living in New Jersey, decided to begin quietly campaigning for the right to stay alive, saying, “The sanctity of life is deteriorating … Nobody should be telling you that you don’t have rights to medication.”
On any list of the most consequential Catholic nations, the Philippines would easily finish in the top five, and there’s a good case to be made that it’s #1. Today, the Catholic Church in the Philippines is in crisis, driven by polarized responses to new President Rodrigo Duterte.READ MORE
Pope Francis’s decision to stay on in Sweden an extra day following next Monday’s Reformation commemoration in order to say Mass with the local Church will be a spur to overcome remaining divisions, according to the general-secretary of the World Lutheran Federation.READ MORE
Saint Joseph’s College is a Roman Catholic liberal arts college located on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine. Rooted in and professing fidelity to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the doctrines and heritage of the Roman Catholic Church, the College nurtures intellectual, spiritual, and social growth in students, both on campus and online.READ MORE
Marches for Life have become a familiar feature of Catholic life and political activism around the world, but in Mumbai, India, in late October, the exercise got an unusual twist by being explicitly linked to Pope Francis’s leadership on the environment.READ MORE
According to President John Garvey of the Catholic University of America, who teaches the virtues through movies and novels, the choice facing Catholics in November’s presidential election is similar to the famous ‘trolley problem’ in which every outcome seems immoral.READ MORE