A representative of the largest Christian community in the Middle East, the Orthodox Coptic church in Egypt, told the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East on Thursday on behalf of his boss, Coptic Pope Shenouda III, that the assembly “comes at a very late stage.”
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Fr. James Connell is a Milwaukee archdiocesan priest who has been questioning whether U.S. dioceses are using improper standards of proof when they investigate child sex abuse claims against priest or if diocese are playing loose with the rules because no one is holding them accountable.
Peter Steinfels, prominent Catholic author and former New York Times columnist, has published an article in Commonweal calling for an urgent response from American bishops to a growing crisis in Catholic Church membership and identity.
Fr. Mark Gruber, who is a Benedictine monk and anthropology professor, was suspended from teaching at St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pa., last year by Archabbott Douglas Nowicki. Bishop Lawrence Brandt suspended Gruber's priestly functions after Nowicki and other St. Vincent officials told the bishop that Gruber had downloaded child pornography on a college computer, according to a lawsuit.
Oct. 20 marks the six month anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion that caused the nation's worst environmental disaster.
Reporter Rocky Kistner has been covering the spill and its aftermath on the Natural Resources Defense Council's Web pages. His most recent report is interesting reading about the ongoing impact on people's lives.
The news of Archbishop Wuerl's elevation to the College of Cardinals spurred a memory of him this morning.
When I was living in Washington for college I would occasionally head over to the Cathedral of St. Matthew for Mass. It's a beautiful church.
Pope Benedict XVI today announced the creation of 24 new cardinals, including two Americans: Archbishops Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., and Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s supreme canonical court.
Tom Roberts' recent piece "The 'Had it' Catholics" has been attracting more comments on our Web site than we can keep up with.
It seems readers are intrigued by the by the central phenomenon of the story: that Catholicism is experiencing the largest loss of faithful of any religious denomination in America.
Now, Peter Steinfels over at Commonweal is weighing in on the subject with a massive exploration of what he calls 'The American Church's Crisis of Attrition.'
After looking into all sorts of reasons -- from all sorts of angles -- for why Catholics are leaving the church in such high numbers, Steinfels highlights what he sees as the key problem with the crisis: that the church hierarchy is simply not acknowledging it exists.
His conclusion is to change that, immediately: