Eco Catholic: As part of its five-day interfaith assembly, the Parliament of the World’s Religions held sessions on religious dialogue and produced six declarations, addressing climate change and other issues.
Robert Mickens' column calling for a new way of choosing bishops is most timely. Although the Code of Canon Law of 1983 (c. 377) says that the pope freely appoints bishops, papal appointment is contrary to the church's centurieslong tradition of the election of bishops by the clergy and people of the diocese.
When I first met Cardinal Edmund Szoka in 1986, I knew very little about him except that he had a reputation as a conservative. I was in Detroit to interview him for what became my first book on the governance of the church, Archbishop: Inside the Power Structure of the American Catholic Church. I did not realize at the time that he was also going to end up in my books on the U.S. bishops' conference and the Vatican.
Viewpoint: In a style that is simple, direct and trenchant Küng through his writing has ventured fearlessly into places that other theologians do not reach.
Pope Benedict XVI has rejected as “simply absurd” the speculation that he was forced to step down, and he said he still wears the distinctive white papal cassock for “purely practical reasons.”
A year ago Friday, Pope Benedict XVI officially left the Vatican in a helicopter as the first pontiff in 600 years to resign.
A small c catholic: Hans Küng has been a prophetic voice for Christianity for decades. But maybe it's time to listen to someone else.