Parish Diary: Our parish has been trying to go green for almost 10 years. Earth Day seemed like a good time to reflect on how we're doing.
Parish Diary: In the last eight years, our two sister parishes have together built over 200 new houses for the poorest of the poor and repaired another 30 homes.
Parish Diary: Young adults ages 18 to 40, especially single ones, generally don't come to church. We decided to ask them, "Why don't you come to church?"
Parish Diary: What has been valued in the appointment of bishops over the last 40 years? How does one actually become a bishop?
Parish Diary: What does our parish do about contraception? We teach as the church teaches. Are we having any significant impact? No.
Parish Diary: Our parish is a fairly typical middle-class American parish. It would also be fair to say that our approach to same-sex couples is evolving.
Parish Diary: The problem with the process in the Roman Catholic church is that it takes what ought to be a pastoral matter and turns it into a legal one.
Parish Diary: How could German Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst spend $42 million renovating his episcopal residence? Hasn't he read the Gospels?
"The church is not a museum of saints, but a hospital for sinners."
I've been using that line for years in our RCIA. I probably stole it from somebody. Now Pope Francis is saying something very much like it, so I feel confident in that assertion.
"I see clearly," said Pope Francis in his interview with the Jesuit magazine La Civita Cattolica, "that the thing the Church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the Church as a field hospital after battle."
Parish Diary: A young Guatemalan who works at a fast-food chain sends all of his earnings home to his family. He is the sort of immigrant who has made this country strong.