The Catholic Church needs to restore a synodal structure of governance and end its current form of highly centralized Vatican rule, said Fr. Helmut Schuller, leader of a group of Austrian priests advocating priestly ordination of women and married men and other church reforms, during a July 22 luncheon in Washington.
Women who have chosen to become ordained Catholic priests are "very prophetic," Fr. Helmut Schüller told a group of journalists Monday.
Inside and outside the corridors of Congress, people wonder, "What in Sam Hill is going on with the House on the farm bill?"
Catholics unsure of the need for comprehensive immigration reform might consider reflecting on the novel, play and film Les Miserables, said John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America.
Referring to Jean Valjean, the protagonist in Victor Hugo's 19th-century story who is pursued through his life for stealing a loaf of bread, Garvey said: "At some point, we've got to let those transgressions go."
The heads of more than 90 Catholic colleges and universities sent the letter to the Catholic members of the House, calling for them to pass immigration reform.
The president of Trinity Washington University chastised congressional lawmakers for not stopping a hike in the interest rate on student loans.
"The failure of Congress to prevent interest rates on Stafford loans from doubling is simply reprehensible," Patricia McGuire told Catholic News Service.
Members of Congress left a host of urgent issues unresolved: immigration reform, the farm bill, and the "grand bargain" of a budget.
Baltimore Archbishop William Lori signed a letter with 57 other religious leaders that says the HHS mandate "should trouble every American."
Bishop Jaime Soto says criticism of CCHD speaks to its success. The program, he said, gives the Gospel "flesh and blood."
Organizations in favor of shuttering the prison say the basic human rights and dignity of the detainees have been violated for years.