A new 10-part video series on the Catholic faith titled "Catholicism" began airing in October on about 70 public television stations around the country.
The U.S. bishops are taking their new effort to protect religious freedom to Congress.
Bishop William Lori, head of the Bridgeport, Conn., diocese and chair of the bishops' new ad hoc committee on religious liberty, is set to testify this afternoon before the House of Representatives subcommittee that deals with issues of constitutional rights.
On this day we celebrate the feast of Blessed Celine Borzecka (1833-1913), Foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Resurrection.
"The Congregation of the Sisters of the Resurrection was founded in Rome in 1891 by a widow, Celine Borzecka, and her daughter, Hedwig. The formation of the Congregation was the first time in the history of the Catholic Church that a religious community of women was founded by a mother and daughter."
--from the web site of the Castleton, New York, Congregation of the Sisters of the Resurrection.
Letter: Response by Bishop William Morris to the Australian Catholic Bishops Statement of 22 October 2011. This link opens a pdf document.
AP Exclusive: Exodus as pope's Legion of Christ reform lags. Disillusioned members are leaving the movement in droves.
A round up of opinions: Does Pope Benedict support Occupy Wall Street?
One man's opinion: The Pope, Chaplain to Occupy Wall Street? Rubbish by George Weigel
Why was the U.S. so special in the 1970s to get experimental privileges to sometimes have both kinds of Communion available?
Well, it was and it wasn't.
The Simpson Center at Loyola University in Chicago (Lake Shore Campus) is hosting a symposium on women deacons Thursday October 27 4-6 p.m.
Susan A. Ross, professor of theology at Loyola will chair a panel with Gary Macy of Santa Clara University, William T. Ditewig, a deacon from Monterey, and Phyllis Zagano, an NCR columnist and senior research associate-in-residence at Hofstra University. For more details, read this.
Macy, Ditewig and Zagano will be launching their book Women Deacons: Past, Present, Future.
The event will also mark the opening of The Phyllis Zagano Papers at the Loyola Women & Leadership Archives.
"This day is called the feast of Crispian . . ."
Click here to see Sir Lawrence Olivier delivering the St. Crispin's Day speech from Henry V.
Catholics in America: Report -- U.S. Catholics charting own path, poll says
Catholics in America: Commentary -- Catholic doesn't always mean universal
Catholics in America: Report -- Catholics’ religious identity slips
Catholics in America: Report -- Catholics see difference in loyalty to faith, hierarchy
Tom Roberts, NCR's editor at large, has been making the rounds promoting his new book, The Emerging Catholic Church: A Community's Search for Itself.
Yesterday, he found himself on a radio show with ABC -- the Australian Broadcasting Network. In a wide-ranging 40-minute interview, Tom covered his work covering the sex abuse crisis, and how he views the future, emerging, church.
Well worth a listen. Head on over to ABC to hear it.
And if you want to get yourself a copy of the book, just click here.
Thanks to those who commented on my recent piece about the history of slavery (Dissent: Lessons from Slavery, Sept. 28) and how totally the church's view of that peculiar institution changed. My intention was not to criticize church leaders for failing for so long to recognize slavery as intrinsically evil (though they certainly could be criticized), but to present a single issue, a moral issue at that, which came to be seen in a new and different light in a new age. If Catholics, right and left, can agree that real change can and does occur, then we may have taken a first step toward a balanced dialogue on the currently red-hot topic of dissent in the Catholic Church.