The trend "is big, it's broad, and it's everywhere." But what does it mean? And what does it portend for American Catholicism?
Kurt Vonnegut is quoted as saying, "People say there are no atheists in foxholes. A lot of people think this is a good argument against atheism. Personally, I think it's a much better argument against foxholes."
That thought might offer a good start for us as we meditate on the question of a good God and suffering, an underlying theme of today's readings.
Pope Francis and the patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch expressed their desire to work toward full communion of the two churches.
The pope met with Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II at the Vatican Friday. This was Aphrem's first official visit with Francis. The two church leaders spoke privately, after which each gave a public discourse.
Catholics in the United States are "excited" and "pleased" with the "hopeful" document, though some doubt much will change.
The 400-plus academics emerged with a recognition that sensus fidelium is a gift the church must continue to grapple with.
NCR Today: We all complement each other in various ways. Why couldn't God have ordained love to flow in a different direction?
Overall, church/organized religion is now ranked in fourth place in the Gallup survey behind the military, small business and the police.
"The efforts to stand together on behalf of all human development ... are the new picket lines of today," the cardinal said at a conference at AFL-CIO headquarters.
Are you by chance a hairy, manspreading slob? Or a woman who dresses way too young for her actual age? Or one of those "hyperactive gum-chewing kids with messy hair and dirty hands, checking their iPhones and annoying everyone within earshot or eyesight"?
Then you may want to reconsider your summertime churchgoing shtick.
Or at least check to see who is celebrating Mass if you are heading to a parish in the Roman Catholic diocese of Providence, R.I.
A broad cross-section of reactions met the news of the resignations of Archbishop John Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piché.