The conferences, held by The Catholic University of America and Georgetown University, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the encyclical on peace and justice.
Faith & Parish
The archdiocese of Chicago's strategic plan to keep its Catholic schools vital and viable emphasizes new management strategies, the need to find new funding and a strong focus on Catholic identity and excellent academics.
The plan highlights an issue facing Catholic schools nationwide: funding.
A seminary rector in Nebraska will succeed Archbishop Samuel Aquila in Fargo, N.D. Aquila was named to head the Denver archdiocese last year.
By way of the Australian Web site Catholica, edited by Brian Coyne, a talk by Australian Bishop Bill Morris on reclaiming the spirit of Vatican II. You may recall that Morris was sacked in 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI, with the help of a secret report fashioned by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia. The investigation of Morris was occasioned in large part by a pastoral letter in which he suggested that, given the priest shortage and subsequent pastoral problems, the church should discuss other possibilities, including ordaining women.
Monday update: The bishop met with school pastors last week, and one pastor found him "very inviting and very open and very honest."
The simplicity dotting the first days of Pope Francis' tenure gave some Catholics cause for concern, specifically among those who celebrate the traditional Latin Mass.
The Catholic Northwest Progress newspaper of the Seattle archdiocese will publish the last edition of its century-plus history in late June and will be replaced with a monthly magazine scheduled to launch in August.
According to an archdiocesan website report, the yet-unnamed magazine will be mailed at no cost to all registered households in the archdiocese, approximately 150,000.
The newspaper's circulation has declined over the years, currently reaching less than 8 percent of households, the release said.
Whether or not Pope Benedict XVI resigned because of a gay-related scandal in the Vatican, there is no doubt that gay sexual scandals among the clergy today are causing the average Catholic, and the average gay man, a great deal of sadness.
The head of the Scottish Catholic church, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, resigned amid allegations he was physically inappropriate with four priests. Msgr. Kevin Wallin is in a Connecticut jail, accused of dealing crystal meth from the rectory, which he allegedly did to pay for his sex and drug addictions.
Students from St. Louis Catholic School here erupted in cheers as Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson was elected the "new pope" during a mock conclave held at a gym-turned-"Sistine Chapel" March 4.
The "conclave" explained the pope selection process in a tangible way. Middle schoolers acted as cardinals, Swiss Guards, priests, sisters, nurses, reporters and security personnel to re-enact a conclave for the whole school.
Fr. Robert Marrone, who followed his parishioners from a Catholic church to an independent community, has been forbidden to celebrate the sacraments or take part in public worship.