US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Under new management

By Father Darren M. Henson and Patrick T. Reardon | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare


A new pastor's offers suggestions for those preparing the parish welcome wagon.

"You must  be Father Darren. You're our new pastor!" Those were the first words uttered by a couple I had never seen in my life. They excitedly approached me with smiles, wide bug eyes, and extended hands.

Who's the Boss

By Richard R. Gaillardetz | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Authority seems to get a bad rap in the Catholic church. For many it comes with a negative connotation of oppression or suppression. Why is that?

There are examples of abusive authority in the history of the church that have contributed to that. But in fact, if you look at how our ancient tradition understands authority, it's not that simple. We need to place it in a larger context.