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.
The truth shall set us free: Responding to the sex abuse crisis
In this excerpt of her March 23, 2010 talk at St. Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke, who served on the National Review Board responding to the U.S. sex abuse scandal, lambasts those church officials who continue to betray the gospel by their untruthfulness in the clergy sex abuse scandals.
Nothing but the truth
Judge Anne M. Burke reviewed her years monitoring the U.S. church's response to the clergy sex abuse crisis.
As the wife of a veteran Chicago alderman, Judge Anne M. Burke has seen her share of political intrigue up close. But not even Chicago politics, she says, adequately prepared her for the "medieval, certainly Byzantine machinations" she encountered during the two and a half years she served on the National Review Board.
Journey to the center of the church: A timeline of Hispanic Catholics in the U.S.
From colonial times until recently, Hispanic Catholics in lands now in the United States have been on the margins of their church. During the Spanish and Mexican periods, Catholics lived too far from the seats of their dioceses. At one time in New Mexico, a whole 70 years passed between bishop’s visits.
After the U.S. conquest of the Southwest in 1846 and of Puerto Rico in 1898, these regions remained far removed from the chief concerns of the “mainstream” U.S. church.
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.
A tale of two visitations: Biblical and apostolic
The apostolic visitation of women religious should reflect the Biblical visitation between Mary and Elizabeth.
The word visitation has a rich biblical heritage. Familiar to most Christians as the time when Mary and Elizabeth meet, greet, and talk to one another before the births of their sons, this biblical Visitation throbs with the energy of women's voices pregnant with life and hope.
Under the watchful eye: LCWR investigated
Just weeks after the visitation of American women religious congregations was announced, the Leadership Conference of Women's Religious (LCWR) learned that it would be the subject of a doctrinal assessment by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).
The 44-year-old LCWR has 1,500 members who represent about 95 percent of U.S. women religious. It is a resource to the leaders of congregations and it also provides a collective voice on issues of justice.
Character witnesses: Readers defend the sisters
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?
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