The United States bishops are urging caution on the proposed Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill that is currently scheduled for a Senate vote next week. Four bishops from pro-life, migration, religious liberty, and justice and human development committees sent on a letter on Thursday rejecting the partisan bill and its rushed timeline.
Bishop Edward Braxton says the debate over Confederate and Civil War monuments is not a black and white issue, but one that should be engaged via local and communal discussions.
Earlier this week, the cremated remains of over 300 individuals were laid to rest in a ceremony presided over by Bishop Earl Boyea of Lansing, Michigan. Some of the unclaimed remains had been kept in hospital storage for over two decades.
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, Mo., called for peace following a not guilty verdict in the trial of former St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley, who was charged with the fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith.
Today, Greenfield in California’s Salinas Valley looks and feels different because Father Enrique Herrera believed the Catholic Church could make life better for the city’s residents. Catholic Extension has chosen Father Herrera to receive the 2017-18 Lumen Christi Award.
As the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus gather in Chicago this week to mark the centennial of the death of their founder Mother Cabrini, Pope Francis sent them hailing Cabrini as a model for our times. “The great migrations underway today need guidance filled with love and intelligence similar to what characterizes the Cabrinian charism,” he wrote.
Following the publication of his book on outreach to LGBT Catholics, Jesuit priest Father James Martin has been disinvited from various speaking engagements. Most recently, an invitation to speak at Theological College at the Catholic University of America has been rescinded.
New York’s newly opened Sheen Center for Thought and Culture is Cardinal Dolan’s attempt to reach people of no faith through the arts. In its opening act of its second season, Broadway star Vanessa Williams spoke about her Catholic faith in between musical performances.
In the opening lecture for Georgetown University’s Sacred Lecture Series, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington defended Pope Francis’s efforts to decentralize Church governance, his approach to synodality, and ‘Amoris Laetitia.’
Local Houston legend Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale became a worldwide icon of generosity by opening his furniture stores to shelter Hurricane Harvey victims. He said he was inspired by his Catholic faith.