Catholic leaders have avoided blocking gay couples from having their children baptized, but a move by a Wisconsin bishop could force church leaders to establish clearer rules.
Reflection: On Sunday, my son and his fellow Scouts will receive the Ad Altare Dei award, a symbol of service and the values of Catholicism.
The story of the Catholic church in the United States has become a tale of two churches, shrinking and consolidating in some parts but flourishing dramatically in others.
In recent years, it seems there has been an effort to make it harder for the faithful to participate and receive the sacramental actions of the church. One example would be the denial of Communion to politicians with certain views as well as the denial of Communion to divorced and remarried Catholics. Another example would be the refusal to provide general absolution for parishioners even during the Christmas and Easter seasons.
With baptism, Christians are cleansed of sin, but the sacrament doesn't wash away human weakness nor the obligation to ask forgiveness when they make mistakes, Pope Francis said.
NCR Today: The U.S. bishops voted Tuesday to continue a set of English translations of liturgical texts, approving new rites for the Catholic celebrations of marriage and confirmation.