Under new management

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

 

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
Article Scripture and Theology
  
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.


Let's pray, pay, and have our say

By Richard R. Gaillardetz| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life
According to church teaching, all the people of God have the right-duty, even-to share their opinions on matters concerning the good of the church.

 

John Henry Newman was one of the most distinguished. Catholic intellectuals of the 19th century. Already an accomplished theologian within the Church of England, Newman became a figure of national controversy when he decided to become Roman Catholic in 1845.


Knock it out

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Article Parish Life Politics Scripture and Theology
They say it’s lonely at the top, but it’s also lonely in the middle. That’s where Oblate Father Ronald Rolheiser often finds himself, trying to negotiate a peace between liberals and conservatives in the church.

 

Whether as president of a seminary, where the younger, more conservative students clash with older, more liberal faculty, or as a speaker, columnist, and author, Rolheiser is often seen as a bridge who can see both sides fairly and bring them together.


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