"If the Catholic Church ordained women, altar girls would make sense, but the Catholic priesthood is a male charism."
Faith & Parish
Pope Francis in his pastoral theology of mercy and inclusion is moving the church away from an ecclesiastical vision of "smaller but purer" to a church that embraces the wounded and frail, San Francisco Auxiliary Bishop Robert McElroy told a group of Catholics gathered at the headquarters of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael on Jan. 22. His presentation was part of a monthly lecture series the sisters are offering.
The Washington diocese and the law firm it sued for malpractice over the handling of a $48 million sex abuse settlement and bankruptcy plan have settled out of court.
"One in four Americans believe ... that the hand of God will be seen before the final whistle blows in the Super Bowl."
In predominantly African-American parishes across Chicago, deacons took to the pulpit to preach against violence in their communities on the fourth Sunday of Advent.
Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Daniel Garcia, the vicar general of the diocese of Austin, Texas, as an auxiliary bishop of the diocese.
Garcia, 54, is an Austin diocesan priest and also is moderator of the curia.
The appointment was announced Wednesday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
The newly named auxiliary bishop will assist Bishop Joe Vasquez, who has headed the Austin diocese since 2010.
His episcopal ordination is scheduled for March 3.
Young Voices: Educating for a more just world begins in our own community of faith. It's easy to cry out for equality outside of church, but that needs to stop.
When we were children, our mother was not content with having us pray the ordinary grace before meals. No, at grace time, as well as in prayers before bed, there was a litany of sorts in which we remembered family and friends, and always ended with the simple prayer, "Please, God, help me to know my vocation and have the grace and strength to follow it." Mom was a firm believer that everyone had a vocation, a call to serve God with their best talents and deepest desires.
The situation of profiling people of color -- especially young men -- means we can't warn them to be careful anymore.
Faith and Justice: There is no room in the church for passive observers; we are all called to be the body of Christ active in our world today.