NEW YORK (RNS) American Christians know so little about their fellow believers in the region, or even that such Christians exist, that Middle East church leaders like Aleppo Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart face an uphill battle.
The U.S. church not only marks the passing of Cardinal Francis George this week, but also the 80th birthday of Cardinal Justin Rigali — which means American representation in the College of Cardinals is significantly diminished, and at risk of declining further if Francis doesn’t act.
“It’s sometimes very difficult to listen to the pope and some of the things he says off the cuff, and this is one of them,” the potential 2016 Republican presidential contender said about the pontiff’s caution against Catholics breeding “like rabbits.”
Why everything you have read about the pope’s remarks on the Paris attacks is wrong — except for this …
A definitive statement by the synod and the pope that slams the door on the openings created by many bishops and cardinals. Hence the “freak out.” Will they get it?
Bishop Galantino: “I don’t identify with the expressionless person who stands outside the abortion clinic reciting their rosary, but with young people, who are still against this practice, but are instead fighting for quality of life, their health, their right to work.”
The LCWR’s frank but hopeful statement about meetings with the Vatican’s doctrinal chief: “This work is fraught with tension and misunderstanding.”
A passage from the Vatican doctrinal czar’s blast at the U.S. sisters seems lifted directly from a National Catholic Register story that made the same points the cardinal did this week.
The details about the pontiff’s alleged call to an Argentine woman are changing, but if the story is true, it would still be a big deal. Here’s why, and what we know so far.
News this morning from the Jesuit curia in Rome says that the Rev. Frans van der Lugt, a 75-year-old Jesuit who refused to leave Syria so that he could remain to work with the poor and refugees from the civil war, has been killed.