This past week, Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, made his journey to the World Meetings of Families, sponsored by the Vatican dicastery responsible for ministry to families, laity and life, headed by Cardinal Kevin Farrell. The Diocese of Brooklyn was blessed by a representation of priests and parishioners.
Many of our Bishops in the United States have reflected wisely and well on the situation facing the Church in the United States concerning the sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy. The Pennsylvania Grand Jury report detailing incidents is just the latest in a sad and shameful story.
With the doctrinal reformulation concerning the death penalty to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has clarified the Catholic Church’s teaching on the death penalty. Acting in continuity with and developing from the teaching already in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this clarification should come as no surprise to anyone.
In the wake of scandals that have affected the priesthood and episcopacy that have been so much in view in recent weeks, our attention should once again turn to the role of celibacy and chastity. It is essential for us to come again to a proper understanding of celibacy in the life of the priest and the Church.
The true parish is based on relationship – between God and humanity, bishop and pastor, pastor and his staff and the parishioners, all leading to the parish family, that enlivens and strengthens the domestic church, that is, the family at home. … When we say “the Church,” do not think of just the Pope and bishops. They are the leaders, but the laypeople are 99.9 percent of the Church.
A recent article in the Italian newspaper La Stampa states that Blessed Pope Paul VI sent the Synodal Fathers an invitation to let the pope know what they thought about birth regulation. Most bishops did not respond, and only seven were opposed to the use of artificial contraception.
Why any reasonable person would watch Michelle Wolf’s Netflix “comedy” series, The Break with Michelle Wolf, is debatable. The one-time writer for The Daily Show and Late Night with Seth Meyers, in a skit on her eponymous show, celebrated abortion, shouting, while dressed in a red, white, and blue jumpsuit – “God Bless Abortion!” and stating abortion “should be on the dollar menu at McDonald’s.”
Now that President Trump has made Judge Brett Kavanaugh his choice to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, the push for consent from the U.S. Senate has begun. Even before any name was put forward, there was harsh criticism from Democrats who were ready to oppose anyone nominated by this president.
As we approach the Fourth of July, it would do us all good to pause and give thanks for the great nation in which we live.
In an article in the Irish Times, former Irish President Mary McAleesh offered a rather shocking opinion, stating that by baptizing babies, the Catholic Church is creating “infant conscripts who are held to lifelong obligations of obedience.”