Bring back men in black
Religious clothing allows Catholics to make a fashion statement about their faith, says a young priest who sports the look that a previous generation put away.
Don't forget the flowers
Bad news about the church can be a good opportunity to remember why we’re here in the first place.
With some reluctance I have to admit that one reason I am a Catholic today is a May crowning—actually a series of them. The first Friday of every May at St. Joseph School featured a riot of flowers gathered by every student, lovingly (if not artfully) arranged around our standard blue statue of Mary, which would be crowned twice, by a lucky boy and girl respectively.
Our place in the church isn't determined by politics or policy.
If there's one lesson Americans can take from the last 12 months of our political life, it's that something called "bipartisanship" is long dead and buried. If the recent national debate on health care is an indication, anyone "reaching across the aisle" is most likely trying to punch the person in the opposite chair.
The Sisters of Mercy aren't McDonald's
Religious congregations are not franchises of the Vatican "central office." More like families than corporations, sisters have different missions, needs, and styles of life.
When the Vatican investigation of U.S. women religious is discussed, two questions are asked repeatedly:
1) If religious have nothing to hide, why would they object to being investigated by the Vatican?