The other Latin Mass
Charismatic liturgies, with their lively music, mysticism, and strong community, offer the best of both worlds to Hispanic Catholics looking for a little more oomph in the Mass.
Like many parents of young children, Ivan Uberti likes to begin his family's supper by saying grace. But in addition to saying a traditional mealtime prayer, Uberti's family takes time for another, less common spiritual practice he learned at his local Jesuit parish.
Religious education is not just for kids anymore as more parishes are including the entire family. Even Grandpa's invited. Shortly before Christmas last year, Rachel Squier, 11, of Streetsboro, Ohio announced to her parents that she thought the family should "go visit some poor people."
While Rachel's parents were pleased that their daughter was showing concern for those less fortunate, they knew a discussion was in order.
"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.
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.
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.
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.