Abandonment of internal church discipline over the past half century has undermined the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, said one American cardinal at the synod.
Faith & Parish
"My dad used to say, 'I know what happened 2,000 years ago. I need to know how to live my life today.'"
These words, from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, get to the heart of a new proposed document on preaching to be considered by the U.S. bishops at the fall general meeting in November.
The document, "Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily," encourages preachers to connect the Sunday homily with people's daily lives.
After a report Friday stated that a Catholic hospital in Phoenix had its official status revoked, the Mercy sister said the hospital is in a "good faith discussion" with the bishop.
The changes to the "Lamb of God" during Mass came about after the Vatican said a 2007 document approved by U.S. bishops conflicted with church law.
The changes ask musicians and the faithful to stop referring to Jesus by any title but "Lamb of God" before they receive Communion.
While the data that show people in the United States are walking away from organized religion in unprecedented numbers are overwhelmingly clear, they don't answer the more nagging question: Why?
The new report says fewer people are religious these days, and the younger the person, the less likely they belong to a church.
The Catholic church reform group Call To Action will hold its annual conference Nov. 9-11 in Louisville, Ky., veering from its usual host city of Milwaukee. The shift in venue is part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppression principles, said Call To Action communications and programs director Nicole Sotelo.
To reach out to new people in different parts of the country, future national conferences of the Chicago-based organization will alternate between various locations and Milwaukee, where it has been for the last 10 years, Sotelo said.
Bringing members of three Muslim-Catholic regional dialogue groups together for their first national plenary session in Chicago was a groundbreaking event, but its members agreed that the dialogue must move forward.
The "Living Our Faiths Together" plenary, held Oct. 3-5 at Catholic Theological Union, included a retrospective look at Muslim-Catholic dialogue, keynote talks by both Catholic and Muslim speakers, and opportunities for members to share what they have done so far and what direction they think the dialogue should take in the future.
The bishop says he was not allowed to enter the cathedral with other interfaith guests.