The U.S. church's top liaison to the Boy Scouts says the Scouts' new policy welcoming gay Scouts "is not in conflict with Catholic teaching."
Faith & Parish
In the days since the tornadoes, people have come together "to bring comfort and sustain hope where hope has been shaken," the archbishop said.
In a joyful celebration that incorporated the many gifts of the diverse communities that make up the Oakland diocese, Bishop Michael Barber was ordained and installed as Oakland's fifth bishop May 25 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.
With his brother Jesuit Fr. Stephen Barber and another brother, Kevin Barber, serving as lector, Bishop Barber, 58, became the first Jesuit to become the bishop of Oakland. He also is the first priest to be named bishop of Oakland. All previous bishops had already been ordained bishops.
After publishing a book on being a gay Catholic priest, Fr. Gary Meier knows he risks his priesthood while drawing attention to the church's stance on homosexuality.
The National Catholic Committee on Scouting said it will study the policy change from the Boy Scouts' national council, which will allow openly gay youths as members.
The new bishop of Oakland, Calif., will assume leadership of a large, multi-cultural diocese with a $114.7 million debt and clergy who are frustrated.
Mass Translations: Most priests find new Mass translations “awkward and distracting,” finds a survey by Saint John’s School of Theology.
News the Boy Scouts of America may admit openly gay members has some Catholics concerned.
The head of the Vatican office promoting new evangelization said while he does not like the terms "Francis effect" or "Francis bump," it is true that "Pope Francis has touched the hearts and minds of many people."
Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, said he does not care for the term "Francis effect," since Pope Francis has not changed church teaching.
Behind all the musical prowess of Carlos Ibay is a young man whose strong connection to the heart of Jesus can be recognized through the many outlets of his ingenuity.
It's evident in his life, his voice and his song.
On a recent Sunday, seated high above the congregation in the choir loft of St. Michael Church in Annandale, the self-taught organist glides his fingers across the keys of an organ as he sings memorized hymn after hymn in an unforgettable voice.