From Where I Stand: The church could use this opportunity to do a little demystifying to better connect with the 21st-century world.
March 15-28, 2013
It is nearing the middle of Lent, and your spirit matches the Midwest winter outside -- gray and frozen over. Perhaps you are bored by the same lifeless, dried-out religious services but feel too guilty to say it aloud. Maybe you are overwhelmed with anger and sadness around the suffering planet, but feel a sense of overwhelming helplessness around making any kind of appreciable difference.
Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley urged the 450 participants of the 2013 national Catholic Social Ministry Gathering to use their time together to discern their vocation in the church and world.
Some of the sexual abuse survivors who filed claims against the Milwaukee archdiocese in bankruptcy court will go to trial as test cases to determine who might be eligible for damages.
The decision to close the center was part of "an ongoing strategic reflection" by three East Coast Jesuit provinces that will merge into one in the next few years.
Several years ago in Cairo, President Barack Obama spoke to an overflow crowd at Al-Azhar University.
"So long as our relationship is defined by our differences, we will empower those who sow hatred rather than peace, and who promote conflict rather than the cooperation that can help all of our people achieve justice and prosperity," he said. "This cycle of suspicion and discord must end."