I met Iris Muller in Europe for the first time in the 1990’s. She was elderly and physically frail, but emotionally and theologically like steel. Even when struggling with her English, heavily accented by German, she came across as a Catholic “Susan B. Anthony” struggling for women’s rights in the church.
I came across a spiritual reflection by John Chuchman the other day. I see them from time to time on the Internet and some of his books are next to my desk on my book shelf.
Some of you might be familiar with his mission and work as a pastoral bereavement educator and companion. In this capacity he has done a lot to help Hospice programs, parishes and the grieving. More recently he has also been sharing his thoughts on the Spirit through other books and poetry.
His journey, his story, his writings have lifted many spirits over the years and he shows one person, living out his faith, can make a mark and can strengthen the lives of others.
The devil returns to the silver screen this week with the opening of director Mikael Hafstrom’s “The Rite”, based on journalist Matt Baglio’s 2009 book, The Rite: the Making of a Modern Exorcist.
Baglio’s book explores the current reality of Satanic activity in our day and follows the training of Fr. Gary Thomas of the Diocese of San Jose, Calif., as an exorcist in 2007 during a course at the Regina Apostolorum University in Rome. Both witnessed exorcisms during this time. In an interview last week, Thomas told me that the actors rendering of satanic possession in the film are indeed authentic.
Giving our children more education seems like one of those Mom and apple pie issues: who can possibly have a problem with that? Well, here in the Los Angeles archdiocese, we're about to find out.
Last week, the archdiocese announced it was implementing a plan to extend the elementary school year by twenty days -- a month extra. The notice came with much fanfare about the need to compete with China, India and Singapore.
By Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI named U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke and Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet to the council of cardinals and bishops advising the Vatican Secretariat of State on diplomatic matters, and he named Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City to the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers.
On this day we celebrate the feast of St. Marcella of Rome.
Los Angeles Valley Egyptians watch nations turbulence
Hawaii Senate approves same-sex civil unions, From Friday
When the Maryknoll order ended its aid to the School of Americas Watch last year I was in the line of critics. It wasn't at all like Maryknoll to do such a thing, but circumstances seemed to have backed the order into a corner.
Interfaith understanding often requires an honest look at history. On this week’s Interfaith Voices, we deal with the infamous “blasphemy laws” in Pakistan –- and the history of blasphemy laws, which –- it turns out -– did not originate with Muslims. In all cases, they are a testimony to religious intolerance and often rabid religious violence.
So, how does it feel to be involved -- directly involved -- in a miracle, our friends at Catholic Relief Services ask.
Every single indication -- a violent past, entrenched illiteracy, food and health crises, and scores of incendiary tribal conflicts -- every single indication convinced every single long- and short-term observer that in the very best case, southern Sudan's historic referendum would be tainted by violence.