We say: CARA has repeatedly demonstrated that understanding the changing dynamics of the church is preferable to proceeding as if the church is immutable.
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.
In his first letter to the believers in Corinth, Paul offered his perspective concerning the growth and development of the community: "I planted the seed and Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. This means that neither he who plants nor he who waters is of any special account, only God who gives the growth" (1 Corinthians 3:6-7).
Essay: Like it or not, a study of Catholic youth in the United States shows the situation regarding young people and the church is somber.
Eco Catholic: Fr. Michael Perry says the interconnectedness of all creatures should help people to recognize that when they hoard resources, they are harming their brothers and sisters
It's easy to make AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka go almost schoolkid giddy. Just say, "Pope Francis."
Faith and Justice: The future looks bleak for religion. But before churches despair, they need to take a closer look at these "nones."
Surrounded and aided by family pallbearers, Gene Kennedy left Old Saint Patrick’s Church in downtown Chicago yesterday for the last time as the sound of a lonely bagpipe drifting through the evening air.
Appreciation: Gene Kennedy was direct, honest. The world of the clergy is sick, and the church would never heal from the abuse crisis until the entire culture was cleansed.
Appreciation: In his vision, the Divine imbued all matter, and the sacraments were aids to open our eyes to the richness of God's all-embracing love.