The shortage of priests has made some places in the United States “mission territory,” drawing clergy the world over to a parish near you.
One would expect to be nervous in his situation, but his warm, frequent smiles make him seem at ease this evening.
The Word made digital
7 steps to a church worth connecting to.
I try to cover my shock and ask, “Who did you think St. Joseph was?”
“I don’t know. Like some saint.”
Bethlehem, shepherds, angels, manger, Magi, Baby Jesus, Mary: Did she miss all of them also?
Catholic high schools aren’t just for the rich
The high cost of Catholic education leaves many in the dust. One mother argues that it will take the whole church to pick up the children who are left behind.
Last fall I found myself planting a yard sign in front of a modest house in Toledo, Ohio. I thought about the high school girl the sign was celebrating. “Home of a new NDA Eagle!” it announced.
Watch: 5 questions with E.J. Dionne
A few years ago, when Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne addressed the annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington together with conservative commentator William Bennett, the panel’s moderator noted that both belonged to the same parish. He quipped that their pastor had to be either very good or very vague. When Dionne told his pastor the story, the monsignor smiled and said, “Sometimes I like to believe I’m both.”
Dionne, who lives and breathes politics, enjoys the Beltway culture of the nation’s capital, especially at church.
We can learn a lot from people who left the church, whether we can win them back or not.
For generations, the Baltimore Catechism taught that Catholics who miss Sunday Mass through their own fault commit a mortal sin, making the soul an enemy of God, depriving it of the right to everlasting happiness in heaven, and making it fit for everlasting punishment in hell.
A tale of two Gregorys
With the middle ages came the imperial papacy, the rise of powerful feudal lords with secular interests, and a contest over who ultimately controlled the ministers and other resources of the church. Lost in the shuffle was any notion that ordinary Christians might have a privileged voice in the proceedings.
On vacation last summer, I quietly joined a small country parish for Sunday Eucharist. Relieved at not having to preside at two or three liturgies, I settled among the worshipers, looking forward to listening, singing, and praying. Trying not to look directly at the priest for fear he would think I was staring, I concentrated on being among God's people, not leading them.
Catholic dissent: When wrong turns out to be right
How dissenters from Galileo to John Courtney Murray have helped the church to see more clearly.
Dissentt! It is not a nice word. It makes you think of other "dis" words like disagreement, dissension, disobedience, and disgrace. There's no doubt that Catholic Church officials down through the centuries have taken a dim view of dissent, whether it was dissent from official doctrine or dissent from the orders of a legitimately appointed church superior. And, as recent directives from the Vatican indicate, the view is getting dimmer still.
Catholic.com -- Surfing for salvation
Nearly 40 years ago Soviet Cosmonaut Yury Gagarin was shot up into the heavens and reported back that he could see no signs of God in space. Judging from some of the satellite photos sent back from later missions, one might be tempted to suggest that Gagarin suffered from a severe lack of imagination. At any rate, if the colonel had been piloting his vessel in cyberspace instead of outer space, even as unpoetic a soul as he, it seems, would have been forced to report very different results.