The Catholic Worker who went to the Supreme Court on Wednesday expecting to hear arguments about free speech and the First Amendment instead got a lesson on property law.
Review: Pope Francis: Untying the Knots bolsters the debated narrative of a cautious man who became an advocate of mercy and simplicity.
NCR Today: Vatican answers UN query about sex abuse; two takes on Evangelii Gaudium; LA Times' two-day series on Cardinal Roger Mahony.
Pope Francis is no naïve Pollyanna when he speaks of the importance of joy in spreading the Gospel in his first apostolic exhortation.
In Evangelii Gaudium, he warns us against being "disillusioned pessimists, 'sourpusses.' " But he also acknowledges the real and constant challenges of pastoral work: "Along this journey of evangelization we will have our moments of aridity, darkness and even fatigue."
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5. "Francis and a church that breathes with both lungs" by John L. Allen Jr., posted Nov. 27. John's "All Things Catholic" column for the week took an in-depth look at Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, and how it successfully meshes two different schools of thought.
I wanted to take a moment and highlight a wonderful piece written by Dr. Stephen Schneck, the director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America. I'll show my bias and say that he is a former professor of mine and is one of the best educators I have ever met. His reflection on the pope's recently released apostolic exhortation is well worth the read.
Evangelii Gaudium: Pure Christianity
By Stephen Schneck, IPR Director
How can priests and bishops deal with what many feel is a disastrous translation of the Roman missal implemented two years ago? That is the provocative question raised by Maryknoll Father William Grimm, the publisher of ucanews.com based in Tokyo.
The Senate has finally decided to invoke what has been called “the nuclear option.”
"I promise compassion and prayer for every victim of sexual abuse and their families," Francis told the prelates Monday.
Pope Francis met Monday morning with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in their first meeting and as a possible precursor for a visit by the pope to the Holy Land some time next year.
The meeting, which lasted about 25 minutes in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, saw the two exchange gifts. Netanyahu presented the pope with a book written by his father on the Spanish inquisition, inscribing the text with a dedication: "To His Holiness Pope Franciscus, a great shepherd of our common heritage.”