Chicago -- "The flack has been enormous," since he accepted New Ways Ministry's invitation, the Lexington bishop says, but LGBT Catholics' "valuable expression of mercy" has inspired him.
St. Francis of Assisi
Good Friday: Even though I understood in theory that Jesus accepted his death as necessary to his resurrection, realizing how much he must have hurt made me hurt, too.
Saints: No matter the person, the story or the origin, people around the world still seek guidance from the saints on how to live out their faith.
Eco Catholic: The Rev. Leah Schade’s book Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology and the Pulpit is full of new ideas about the environmental movement.
Faith and Justice: The encyclical is great for individual reading but even better for a book club, class, or discussion group. Here's a readers' guide to Laudato Si'.
Making a Difference: "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home" is courageous, it's prophetic, it's challenging, it's holistic, it's wonderful.
A leaked version of Laudato Si' also shows a reorientation of the church's understanding of the human person.
Parish Diary: Our parish has been trying to go green for almost 10 years. Earth Day seemed like a good time to reflect on how we're doing.
Analysis: Pope Francis celebrates the anniversary of his papacy each year on the day the church celebrates St. Joseph's feast day. What connects the two men?