U.S. Cardinal: Catholic leaders have a tendency "to simply think that Islam is a religion like the Catholic faith or the Jewish faith. That is simply not objectively the case."
Pope Francis appointed Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich to the Vatican Congregation for Bishops, the office that proposes bishop candidates.
Distinctly Catholic: That Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego is convoking a diocesan synod to consider how to embrace Amoris Laetitia is both good news and important news.
Distinctly Catholic: I have been wondering when we were going to hear from the bishops in the U.S. who support the pope about Amoris Laetitia.
A broad middle exists in the reaction to Pope Francis' exhortation, with a great deal of goodwill and encouragement taken from the document.
The advocacy group's petition alleges that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops hasn't honored its zero tolerance policy toward abusive priests and deacons.
Last week, Pope Francis appointed three priests as auxiliary bishops of Los Angeles. One of them is the popular host of Word on Fire (and rector of Chicago's Mundelein Seminary), Fr.
"Throughout the debate and the discussion, we did ask people to try to be respectful and inoffensive in language," Archbishop Eamon Martin said.
A Roman Observer: Pope Francis' decision to call an extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy looks more and more urgent with each passing day.
When Pope Francis last year effectively demoted U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke by moving him out of a senior post in the Vatican to a largely ceremonial role as head of a Rome-based Catholic charity, it was viewed as a way to sideline one of the pope's most outspoken critics on the right.
But the move seems to have left Burke free to air his conservative -- and pointed -- views on efforts to change church practices.