Pope Benedict this week met with participants in the world swimming championships being held in Rome. Interesting that they were invited to the pope's summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. Wonder if the pope was watching the meet?
What happens to old Catholic churches that were boarded up because there aren’t enough priests to go around? In Worcester, Mass., as in a number of other cities, Pentecostals step in where Catholics used to tread.
Sometimes I actually find something written on the various health care proposals that sheds light, explaining with clarity an aspect of some possible legislation. Part of the confusion stems form the fact that health care opponents intentially try to obfuscate.
This column offers such an example and sheds a little light as well.
President Obama has said that ridding the world of nuclear weapons is the greatest task of the 21st century.
Now a Japanese family with the name of Shinzeki could conceivably be the means by which Obama could visit Hiroshima, the site of the first U.S. atomic bomb blast on Aug. 6, 1945. No U.S. president has ever visited Hiroshima.
Here is how the invitation could play out from local Japanese citizen into the Obama administration.
The Greenwich Times reports on the Peyton Place-like atmosphere at a Darien, CT parish. The case goes to trial in September.
Here's one way for a college fraternity to 'get religion' - buy a rectory and church. Looks like an upstanding fraternity at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is in the queue to make such a purchase from the Albany, NY Catholic Diocese. Noel Olsen, the diocesan director of real property, said the diocese did an extensive check into the fraternity's background before deciding to go ahead with the sale.
Just as President Obama's speech at Notre Dame sought to reset the debate about abortion in America, so too his Cairo address attempted to shift relations between the Muslim and Christians worlds.
While a good number of U.S. women religious clearly are chagrined that they are the objects of a Vatican study of their religious congregations, a number of U.S. women relgious superiors are expressing gratitude for the Vatican investigation initiated by Cardinal Franc Rodé, Prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, and being carried out by Mother Clare Millea.
The letter below, to be published in the Association of Chicago Priests' publication, contains an interesting take on the Vatican's approach to non-laicized priests.