In recent years, it seems there has been an effort to make it harder for the faithful to participate and receive the sacramental actions of the church. One example would be the denial of Communion to politicians with certain views as well as the denial of Communion to divorced and remarried Catholics. Another example would be the refusal to provide general absolution for parishioners even during the Christmas and Easter seasons.
The arrests Sunday of human rights defenders Oblate Fr. Praveen Mahesan and Ruki Fernando in Sri Lanka was called "arbitrary" by Amnesty International and other groups.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, is being treated at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, after doctors discovered during a routine checkup late last week that he was dehydrated.
NCR Today: Seattle archdiocese personal info breached; crisis in Ukraine; Catholics in Crimea fear Russian rule; Catholic, Anglican churches unite to end modern-day slavery.
If you ask your average “Irish American” about the life of Saint Patrick you would hear something about an Irish Shepherd who rid the Ireland of snakes with the power of Christianity—if you’re lucky.
I'm a little late pointing this out, but Commonweal editor Paul Bauman has an essay on Slate that is well worth reading: The Public Pope: Why the intense fascination paid to Pope Francis—or any pope—isn’t good for the Catholic Church. Here's a taste:
It's been more than a year now since the white smoke rose and Francis left the fancy cape behind, paid his own hotel bill and became the new pontiff of the poor, preaching simplicity of lifestyle.
Most commentators have very positive comments on his shift of emphasis and welcoming style. While I agree with that, I'm still waiting for a concrete move that pushes the church toward greater gender equality, i.e., new leadership roles for women.
NCR Today: St. Patrick's Day parades; underground Shanghai bishop dies; The Bee profiles Soto; Philly archdiocese enters art market?
St. Bonaventure University in New York is hosting a summer conference focused entirely on Trappist monk Thomas Merton.
Global Sisters Report welcomes a new columnist who will be blogging weekly about women religious in mainstream media. This is her first post.