Book review: Crisis of Catholic Authority relates what can happen when an autocratic hierarch chooses to exercise his supreme power over his subjects.
May 23-June 5, 2014
Spiritual Reflections: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity simply focuses on the concrete relationships God initiates and sustains with humanity.
Review: Emma Anderson uses skills of an anthropologist, archeologist and journalist to show that the cult of American martyrs is "politically incorrect."
Pentecost has often been described as the birthday of the church. Perhaps it might be more accurate to refer to Pentecost as the celebration of the Spirit, who, like a midwife, tends carefully to the birth of the community of believers.
Preview: Fr. Allan Nilles presided over three of his own families' weddings.
Editor's note: This essay by Kerry Cronin is reprinted with permission from "Intimacy and Relationships in Catholic Life," the Spring 2014 issue of C21 Resources, published by the Church in the 21st Century Center at Boston College. The 38-page glossy, magazine-style publication contains 17 essays by various authors examining such topics as "intimacy in the age of Facebook," sexual relationships inside and outside marriage, intimacy in celibacy, theology of the body, intimacy between generations and intimacy with God.
THE GOSPEL OF THE FAMILY
By Cardinal Walter Kasper
Published by Paulist Press, $9.95
When he spoke -- at the request of Pope Francis -- in a two-hour session in front of at least 150 of the world's cardinals in February, Cardinal Walter Kasper's comments about divorce and remarriage caught the room's attention.
In June 2013, Toua Vang became the first Hmong man in the world to be ordained an Episcopal priest, and is now pastor of the only Hmong-majority Episcopal church anywhere.
His roots are in Catholicism, but the Episcopal church offered an option for non-celibate priesthood. "I come from the Hmong culture, and men are expected to have a family," he said.
Pope Francis' support for breastfeeding encouraged moms and advocates worldwide while also highlighting the reality that churches are not always welcoming and accepting of the practice.
In eight months, Bishop Frank Caggiano, 55, has gone to work buttressing existing networks, repairing those long abandoned and constructing new connections.