Lead us forward on the liturgy

By John F. Baldovin, S.J.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Vatican
With the church at a crossroads, Catholics look to Pope Francis for guidance. Father John Baldovin says that much needed renewal of the church begins with the liturgy.

Restore credibility on sex abuse

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Article Sex and Sexuality Vatican
With the church at a crossroads, Catholics look to Pope Francis for guidance. Nicholas Cafardi offers guidance on cleaning up the church’s act on sex abuse.

What makes a parish worth sticking around?

By Elizabeth Lefebvre| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life
When it comes to finding the perfect place of worship, U.S. Catholic readers say you’d better shop around.

On the record: A time line of Benedict XVI's papacy

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Article Vatican

Lasting impressions: The legacy of Pope Benedict XVI

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Article Scripture and Theology Vatican
Pope Benedict XVI will leave behind an enduring legacy—and some big challenges for his successor.

Alternate endings: Till death do us part isn't always the case with the papacy

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Article Scripture and Theology Vatican
Most popes take the job to their grave, but a few others before Benedict XVI have opted for early retirement.

Famous last words: Benedict’s final act as pope may be his most enduring

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Article Vatican

Pope Benedict’s final act may be one of his best gifts to the church.

So were you shocked, just shocked, when Pope Benedict XVI resigned back in February? “Shock,” or at least some form of it—“Pope’s sudden resignation sends shock waves through church,” claimed Reuters—appeared in nearly every headline covering the pope’s precipitous exit from Peter’s chair.

Why did Jesus “descend into hell”?

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Article Scripture and Theology

We sometimes say of people that they’ve been “to hell and back.” Christianity says the same thing about our Savior.

The statement is found in the Apostles’ Creed, a profession of faith with origins that may go back to the questions asked of candidates for baptism in the late second century. It reminds us that the saving power of Christ is for all times and all peoples, even those who entered and passed from human history prior to his death and resurrection.


Speaking from experience

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Article Parish Life

Editors' note: Sounding Board is one person’s take on a many-sided subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


Latino Catholics: Caught between two worlds

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Article Hispanic Catholics Parish Life
It's past time for the U.S. Catholic Church to make Hispanic ministry, especially to second-generation Latinos, a priority in everything we do.

When Catholic parishes notice uncomfortable tensions between parishioners of different backgrounds, one of the people they call in as a “fixer” is University of Notre Dame theologian Timothy Matovina. Parishes that want to get better at dealing with their lack of unity, says this expert on Latino Catholicism, must move away from thinking they should provide a “welcome” to fellow Catholics of other ethnicities.


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