A small c catholic: Converts to Catholicism bring the very questions that original members often don't ask because those members have fallen into complacency or they've run into unmovable walls.
A "seismic shift in demographics" in both society and the U.S. Catholic Church in the coming decades will create a church that is far less white, Fr. Bryan Massingale told a New Orleans audience Friday.
The church will be unprepared to deal with that reality, he continued, unless it addresses "the ongoing struggle for racial equality."
Massingale made the comments in an address to priests, seminarians and other officials of the New Orleans Archdiocese.
As we approach the end of the liturgical year, the focus of our Sunday readings turns to the end times and to what is expected of those who claim to be faithful disciples of the living God. As disciples, we are expected to know and live out the covenant relationship that God has initiated and that we have accepted.
This year, Nov. 1, the Solemnity of All Saints, falls on a Sunday. The solemnity supersedes the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time and offers Lectionary readings unique to its themes. All the readings focus on our status as "children of God" (second reading) called into loving and eternal relationship with God and with all those who belong to God.
Preview: The saints were real flesh and blood to my Irish aunts. The lives and examples and protection offered by each saint was personal.
Preview: Janet Gildea, SC, a contributor to Global Sisters Report, began chemotherapy for recurrent ovarian cancer, an experience that she will be sharing in GSR over the next several months.
Faith and Justice: In the last chapter of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis makes it clear that the path to change comes through education and spirituality.
Growing up, the priest would sometimes end Mass with a prayer for the “conversion of the Jews.” Nostra Aetate, celebrating 50 years, showed that teaching can, and sometimes should, change.
The Peace Pulpit: "Jesus doesn't want everyone to be destitute. ... God made the earth and the planets and everything that is as a gift for all of us."
The Francis Chronicles: The path to conversion, Pope Francis said, is made "a little bit each day" even when there are difficulties.