Welcoming the Stranger

The other day, our intern, Rich Meyer, and I participated in a national media conference, via telephone, from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The topic: immigration legislation. There is currently an overhaul of US immigration law being proposed, one that will wend its way through Congress in the...

Sisters’ Scrutiny Continues

Monday’s news included a story that Pope Francis basically gave an affirmation to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith in its takeover of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. You can read the details in all sorts of places on the web—I spotted the ABC news story first, then checked...

The Light of Christ

On Saturday of last week, I did what Catholics around the world did: I attended the Easter Vigil. My parish, Corpus Christi, gathered at the vigil’s outset. In one of year’s most beautiful liturgies, the entire congregation (we had about 100 that night) lights candles, passing the flame one to...

Pope Francis: ‘Press on!’

How about that Pope Francis? It seems that every few days there is another interesting news story about how he’s shifting the gears for the way the papacy is exercised. He seems to be leading by example. We all know the drama from his first few weeks. Let’s start with Francis. He was the first pope ever...

And Now, the Conclave

We heard the announcement late this morning, eastern time, that the date for the papal conclave is set: Tuesday, March 12. We’ve all been guessing this date since Pope Benedict XVI resigned. The next guessing game is when will we have a new pope? Based on the last few, we should have a pope by the end...

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