Shrinking attendance and shifting population led to the closures, which will leave the archdiocese with 219 parishes, down from 266 in 2010.
Fr. James J. Bacik told a national assembly of Catholic priests here today that a good homily has a focal point.
“We need focal points, not themes,” he said. A good homily “has to have a concern. It has to have some joy, some sorrow. It’s co-relational.”
But to deliver such a homily the preacher, he explained, needs to know the concerns of those he is preaching to. And how do I know their concerns? “You have to be in dialogue with the people,” he said. If I cannot come up with an example I throw it away … “A doctor burdened with paper work, people burdened with guilt.”
The settlement, which involved abuse allegedly carried out by Christian Brothers, totaled $12.1 million. "I deeply regret the pain suffered by these victims," Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain said.
St. Louis -- The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests members approve resolutions supporting married priests and expressing displeasure with Mass translations.
Crosby said, "My thesis is that in [Paul's] overpowering Gospel, everybody forgot the Gospel of Jesus, Matthew, Mark and Luke."
Pope Francis "has struck a deep chord in the life of the church. He has lifted our spirits," Senior said,
The theme of the assembly is "Revelation in our Lives and Time," drawn from the Second Vatican Council document Dei Verbum, the primary Vatican II document on Scripture.
Parishioners who have occupied a closed Massachusetts Catholic church for nearly a decade said they plan one final petition to Pope Francis to prevent the building from being sold by the Boston archdiocese.
Jon Rogers, a member of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish in Scituate, said petitioning the pope was a last-resort measure. Despite the step, he said he was not sure it would succeed.
"We promised 10 years ago when we started this we would exhaust every avenue of appeal," Rogers told Catholic News Service on Tuesday.
The Eucharist conforms Catholics to "the pattern of Christ's self-giving love" and compels them to see the dignity of the poor and perform acts of mercy, Baltimore Archbishop William Lori said at the June 21 opening Mass for this year's Fortnight for Freedom.
The Mass coincided with the feast of Corpus Christi.
"By entering the dynamic of Christ's self-giving eucharistic love, we are impelled ... to work for a loving and just society where the dignity of human life is respected from conception until natural death and all the stages in between," he said in his homily.
"It is a privilege to respond to my region's call to me by selecting me as bishop," Bishop Nancy Meyer said.