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Building Upon, or Destroying, the Cornerstone of the Common GoodFather Roger Landry

Last Saturday, Pope Francis welcomed to the Vatican leaders of the Italian pro-life movement the day before Italy's annual pro-life day, held since 1978 on the first Sunday of February. He spoke powerfully ...

Courage in the Christian and Priestly Life Father Roger J. Landry

Two weeks ago I had the joy to preach the annual five-day retreat for Mt. St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where 25 years ago this year I began my formation for the priesthood. It was an opportunity ...

Pope Francis' Letter to the U.S. BishopsFather Roger J. Landry

On January 1, Pope Francis wrote an extraordinary eight-page letter to the bishops of the United States as they were preparing to convene at Mundelein Seminary north of Chicago for a retreat with the ...

A Difficult, But Particularly Important, Te Deum Father Roger J. Landry

On December 31 every year, the Pope leads the Church in a solemn prayer of Thanksgiving to God for the civil year coming to a close. It takes place in St. Peter's at the end of First Vespers for the Solemnity ...

Pope Francis on the 'gay mentality' that has 'influenced the life of the ChurchFather Roger J. Landry

On December 3, The Strength of a Vocation, a book length interview with Pope Francis by Father Fernando Prado, a Spanish Claretian Missionary, was published in ten languages. Fr. Prado, a theology professor ...

The Situation After Baltimore Father Roger J. Landry

Questions about the state of the process of the reform of the Church in the United States during this second major phase of the clergy sexual abuse crisis have come like a downpour after the meeting of ...

The Paradigm for Bishop-Led Church ReformFather Roger J. Landry

The bishops of the United States are in Baltimore this week for their annual Fall meeting, but this year's reunion is anything but routine. It will be focused fundamentally, with prayer, penance, and ...

World Mission Sunday and the Reform of the Church Father 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 ...