An emerging Catholic dialogue with Muslims aims to show public support for Islamic American communities, building on three already existing regional Catholic-Muslim dialogues.
Distinctly Catholic: Amid a divided church and a divided polity, look to Cardinals Blase Cupich and Joseph Tobin to increasingly drive the hierarchy's message in the public square.
Distinctly Catholic: Pope Francis knows that only with the heart of the Gospel, God's mercy, can the church find new life, and the Jubilee Year got the message out.
Distinctly Catholic: USSCB's behavior regarding the announcement of its working group to promote advocacy for immigrants raises some suspicions about the conference's motivations.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is establishing a working group charged with developing spiritual, pastoral and policy advocacy support for immigrants and refugees.
Distinctly Catholic: I share Francis' criticisms of neo-liberalism. But, as someone recently told me, "It aimed at a moral ideal. What will replace it might be very dark and dangerous."
Special feature: The Chicago archbishop has "got a lot of work to do" to revitalize this sprawling bastion of U.S. Catholicism.
Saturday, When Pope Francis conferred the red hat on Blase Cupich, Kevin Farrell and Joe Tobin, he inaugurated a new day for the church in the United States.
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Analysis: The pontiff passed over prelates favored by culture warriors of the right and chose more pastoral bishops. That's a big change.