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What's happening in collaboratives now?Sister Pat Boyle

This past June, 19 collaboratives began the work of strengthening their parishes for the work of evangelization. Last month, the pastors of those Phase 6 collaboratives attended the orientation and workshop ...

Is annual confession mandated?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Could a person go to daily Mass and receive Communion without having gone to confession in four years? (Batesville, Indiana) A. The answer, technically, is yes. If the person had committed no serious ...

Stephen Hawking: great scientist, lousy theologianBishop Robert Barron

Stephen Hawking was a great theoretical physicist and cosmologist, perhaps the most important since Einstein. It is only right that his remains have been interred alongside those of Isaac Newton in Westminster ...

Walking togetherJaymie Stuart Wolfe

Synodality: walking together, accompaniment. I admit it sounds like a great idea. In fact, it is a great idea -- with this caveat: the people who are walking together must agree on the destination they ...

Phase Six -- Collaborative pastor workshopSister Pat Boyle, CSJ

Phase Six pastors met recently at the Pastoral Center for their collaborative pastor workshop. The workshop was moved to the fall to give pastors a few months in their assignments to become familiar with ...

St. Oscar Romero, the saints and the deadHosffman Ospino

On Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador was declared a saint of the Catholic Church. Millions of people of Latin America, Hispanics in the United States and countless others ...

Mass and clergy sex abuse/Sacraments and defrocked religiousFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have been a lifelong Catholic, never missing Mass on weekends or holy days. But for the last four or five weeks, I have not attended Mass, and it was a conscious decision. I am utterly disgusted ...

Patriots and saintsJaymie Stuart Wolfe

They say there are four seasons in Louisiana: Mardi Gras, crawfish, hurricane, and football. Down here, football at every level -- high school, college, and professional -- is serious business. Many houses ...

Celebrating the feast day of St. Marguerite d'YouvilleAdam K. Johnson

Marguerite d'Youville, foundress of the Grey Nuns of Montreal and the namesake of numerous hospitals and assisted living residences in New England, lived during the 18th century in Montreal. Left a poor ...

World Mission Sunday and the Reform of the ChurchFather Roger J. Landry

Among the harmful consequences of the multidimensional clergy sexual abuse crisis is the way that it disfigures the face of the Church and impedes the Church's mission. In the best of times, many Catholics ...