Commentary: The time Cardinal João Braz de Aviz spent with women religious is a sign of good intent and a step into greater communication.
Q and A: Attempts by U.S. sisters to pursue dialogue with Vatican officials could strengthen relations with sisters globally.
The Vatican's decision to criticize the Leadership Conference of Women Religious was made without the knowledge of a key Vatican office, its leader said Sunday.
Sisters' meeting: “Serious misunderstandings” exist between Vatican officials and Catholic sisters, the LCWR president told some 800 of her global peers.
Eight years ago, when the cardinals of the world gathered to elect a successor to Pope John Paul II, their watchword was “continuity.” Buoyed by the massive outpouring of grief and affection for the late pope that washed through the streets of Rome, they felt they had just witnessed the end of a massively successful pontificate, and they wanted to keep the momentum going.
The man who was the intellectual architect of John Paul’s papacy, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, therefore seemed an obvious choice.
If it hasn’t happened by the time you are reading this newspaper, sometime very soon the Catholic church will have a new pope. Naturally the world will be waiting to find out what kind of leader he’s likely to be, and his first few days therefore loom as critical moments to begin shaping his papacy.
Now that Pope Benedict has granted his own wish to step down, the debate over his legacy is officially open.
Mother Tekla Famiglietti is an orthodox leader who has, for more than three decades, built a power base with considerable financial prowess.
Members of Regnum Christi, the lay movement associated with the Legionaries of Christ, said they feel they are part of a transformation.
Fr. Frans Thoolen has dedicated much of his life to working directly with uprooted people, often far from public view.