Category Archives: Church News

Atheists Can Go To Heaven? Did Pope Francis Say Something New?

Some folks in the mainstream media are worked up because Pope Francis actually said that an atheist might go to heaven.  His remarks, from an article in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, are being hyped as an example of Francis’s striking out on a new path, one different from that of his papal predecessors.  Here [...]

I Work At Our Lady’s College

I work at Our Lady’s college — you know, that college with a long history in the Midwest, a winning football tradition, a memorable fight song, and a beautiful Lourdes grotto that people visit from all over the country to light candles … Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. That joke, which Benedictine College’s president likes [...]

WYD 2016: A Pilgrim’s Primer to the City of John Paul II (Part Two)

Kraków is thick with the spirit and memory of the soon-to-be-canonized John Paul II. It is a place full of what Pope Francis called, in Lumen Fidei, “visible and material realities [which] point beyond themselves to the mystery of the eternal.” Yesterday I listed five Can’t-Miss places that pilgrims to Kraków should check out. These next [...]

Pope Francis’s Three Parting Words from World Youth Day

“Go and make disciples of all nations.”  From these words of Jesus, Pope Francis, in his Sunday homily, drew three parting ideas to give to World Youth Day participants–and to all Catholics.  As usual, Francis’s remarks were well worth pondering.  Here are his three final thoughts: 1. “Go.”  Francis reminds us that we are sent [...]

Swim Against the Current!

CatholicNewsService has a great new video wrap-up from World Youth Day 2013. As Bishop James Conley (Lincoln, NE) says, “It seems as if God gives us the right pope at the right time.” Amen.

Conservative Catholics, Does Pope Francis Make You Grumpy?

In a recent interview with John Allen (which is worth reading in full), Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia remarked that those on the “right wing” of the Church “generally have not been really happy” about the election of Pope Francis. The Archbishop said a lot of other things, but this remark garnered the most attention. [...]

Fast and Furious Francis

There’s a new sheriff in the Vatican City State. With the swiftness and surety rarely seen in the Eternal City, Pope Francis sent a loud and clear message to laity and clergy working in the Vatican that child abuse and sexual crimes will be dealt with severely under this pontificate. With the stroke of a [...]

Catholic Health Association’s 3 Errors Supporting the Abortion-Pill Mandate

To no great surprise, the Catholic Health Association (a trade organization for Catholic hospitals) has come out in support of the Obama administration’s final rule coercing groups to cover early-abortion items, contraception and sterilization in health plans.  CHA infamously contradicted the U.S. Bishops’ objections to Obamacare–objections that this mandate proves were fully justified. CHA has [...]

Top 15 Quotes From the Pope’s New Enyclical “Lumen Fidei”

I set out this morning to identify my top 10 favorite quotes from Pope Francis’s new encylical, Lumen Fidei (“Light of Faith”) but it proved impossible to limit myself only to 10. So here are my top 15 favorite quotes! I hope reading this encourages you to read the entire encyclical, either online or as [...]

The Bishops Will Not Abandon their Lay Flock

“In the morning David wrote a letter to Jo′ab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. In the letter he wrote, ‘Set Uri′ah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, that he may be struck down, and die.’” 2 Samuel 11:14-16. As the U.S. Bishops enter their annual [...]


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