Column: Woody Guthrie, who would have turned 100 this month, always sang to agitate and illuminate, not to entertain.
Citing health concerns, the head of the Legionaries of Christ handed over his governing powers to the order's second highest official for an indefinite period of time.
Legionary Fr. Alvaro Corcuera made the announcement in a letter Tuesday posted on the congregation's website.
"I do not have the health and energy necessary to face responsibly the demands of the general governance in the present time," said Corcuera, who succeeded the late Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado as general director of the order and its lay movement, Regnum Christi, in 2005.
Devi Mathieu was traveling in Minnesota on Sunday, the day Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed Hildegard of Bingen as a doctor of the church.
Had she been at home in Sebastopol, Calif., Mathieu would have mixed up a batch of cinnamon-nutmeg cookies based on one of Hildegard's own recipes. Then she would have organized a special gathering of friends to celebrate the music of her favorite saint, an earth mystic, Benedictine abbess, wisdom teacher, "Sybil of the Rhine," author, healer and spiritual conscience for the patriarchy of her time.
Several NCR writers received honors at the Religion Newswriters Association 2012 awards competition, held at the organization’s annual conference Oct. 4-6 in Bethesda, Md.
At the awards ceremony on the conference’s final night, NCR editor at large Tom Roberts received the top prize for his book The Emerging Catholic Church: A Community’s Search for Itself, named the Nonfiction Book of the Year.
In a survey of Catholics age 14 and older, about 12 percent of males and 10 percent of females said they considered a religious vocation at least "a little seriously," a study by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University found.
In January 2007, Catholic Charities USA launched a campaign to cut U.S. poverty in half by 2020, but the Great Recession threw up a roadblock.
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A memorial service will be held Friday in Spokane, Wash., for Jesuit Fr. John “Jack” Morris, the priest who named and helped found the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in 1956 and who in 1982 led a 7,000-mile pilgrimage from Bangor Naval Base in Bremerton, Wash., to Bethlehem to call attention to the threat of nuclear weapons.
Morris died Sept. 30 at the Jesuit infirmary in Spokane after a long battle with cancer.
Born in Anaconda, Mont., Morris would have been 85 on Oct. 22.
Rosemary Goldie was the first woman to hold a senior management position in the Roman Curia with her 1966 appointment as undersecretary of the Council for the Laity.
An Illinois priest who was forced out of his parish by his bishop for improvising prayers during Mass has had his suspension reversed by the Vatican.
The Vatican decided in favor of Fr. William Rowe on one of three counts, saying Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville, Ill., had not followed the proper procedure.