Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety turns 104 July 19. But first he will celebrate 50 years as a bishop June 1 and 77 years as a priest June 29.
Distinctly Catholic: I want to push back against some of the prebuttals to Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation and discuss what we can anticipate.
Faith and Justice: The meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill was supposed to be an ecumenical milestone, but it caused anxiety among some observers.
The Field Hospital: While a relatively new priest, Fr. Garry Koch, 58, jokes readily that he is an expert on seminary education under five popes, having experienced all of them.
The pope firmly rejected the use of abortion, but said that avoiding pregnancy through contraception is not always evil.
Augustinian Fr. Gabriel Daly said that the 1968 papal encyclical had never been accepted by the church at large. Daly also condemned the church over its treatment of women.
Pope Francis announced he is establishing a new office for laity, family and life, which combines the responsibilities of two pontifical councils.
Examining the Crisis: Many media reports describe the setting up of the Vatican tribunal to examine abuse as a breakthrough. There is no breakthrough.
The current "culture of conflict" is an indication that schools and universities need to create conditions that will develop "a new humanism" and "rebuild a spirit of fraternity among people and nations," Cardinal Pietro Parolin said.
"The current context of hatred and contempt among people is constituted by a radical rejection of humanity in the other," said Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, on Wednesday. "The acceptance of diversity is therefore fundamental for mutual respect and for the freedom to express one's own ideas and religious convictions."
We say: Francis' vision won't be realized if he loses a generation of Catholics by imposing on them a teaching they have clearly rejected.