Pa. bishops pledge support for fund to aid abuse survivors
Pennsylvania’s eight Roman Catholic dioceses seek creation of an independent fund to compensate survivors of clergy sexual abuse. The bishops say it's better than lifting the statutes of limitation, which could lead to bankruptcy.
Class-action lawsuit filed against eight Pa. dioceses
The Philadelphia Archdiocese was among all the dioceses in the state to be targets of a lawsuit demanding the dioceses provide proof that they submitted the names of all suspected predators.
Roman Catholic High unveils new arts center, first of multi-phase expansion
Archbishop Charles Chaput blessed the new 40,000-square-foot Howard Center for the Arts at the historic Catholic high school, which is planning a $25 million investment for future "Sons of Cahill."
‘God has not abandoned us,’ says survivor of clergy sex abuse
More than 700 people in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis attended a holy hour Sept. 15 in response to the sexual abuse crisis in the church. They sought to answer the question, "Where is God?"
Catholic leaders oppose administration’s plan to limit green cards
Catholic leaders are speaking out against a Trump administration proposed rule announced Sept. 22 that would deny green cards to legal immigrants using public assistance.
U.N. declaration on human rights must extend to unborn, says speaker
A leading scholar on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights suggested in a Sept. 20 talk that although the landmark document doesn't mention this, its demand for respect for human dignity should even extend to the unborn.
Vatican signs provisional agreement with China on naming bishops
For the first time in decades, all of the Catholic bishops in China are in full communion with the pope, the Vatican announced.
Mary shows way to unity in church, bishop of Lourdes says in Jordan
"The Virgin Mary always leads us to Christ and makes our way to the kingdom of God,'" Bishop Nicolas Brouwet of Tarbes and Lourdes told people gathered at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in Naour Sept. 21.
French bishops: Fertility treatment for gay, single women harms society
In an eight-page statement published Sept. 20, the bishops predicted that liberalization of the law also would lead to the social acceptance of surrogacy, the rise of eugenics and the notion that children were commodities to please adults.
The truth that set him free
As Greg Erlandson writes, Father Brendan McGuire came to terms with his own abuse by a priest. He knows God will not abandon the Catholic family as we advocate for reform and accountability in a moment of great pain.
Listen to the sound of church reform bubbling up in parishes
The sense of anger among Catholics is underwhelming for CatholicPhilly.com editor Matthew Gambino, yet he senses the beginning of a reform movement in archdiocesan parishes, thanks to the Holy Spirit.
From a woman’s pew, a view of scandals within the scandal
Effie Caldarola is tired of people exploiting conservative or liberal agendas, of woman-excluding patriarchy, of boys-club clericalism. It's not time for Catholics to flee the church but to speak up and fight for it.
True discipleship demands that we lay down our lives for others
Following Jesus requires self-sacrifice, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior. Although some believers are called to take great risks, most of us must simply die to self in everyday ways so that we can serve those around us.
God looks for disciples among the dregs of society, pope says
God went looking for and chose so many Christians and saints from the dregs of society, inviting some of the worst sinners to be his disciples, Pope Francis said in a morning homily.
Calendar of Events
Simple approach to everyday holiness focus of parish talk
In the model of St. Francis de Sales, Father Thomas Dailey will show how anyone can learn to balance time devoted to God with the time needed to complete daily tasks. St. Stanislaus Parish hosts the talk Oct. 9.
Opening Liturgy for Saint Laurence School’s 100th Anniversary
Sunday October 7th at 12:00 pm Bishop Michael Fitzgerald will be the main celebrant of a liturgy opening the 100th anniversary celebration of Saint Laurence School.
Johnny’s Run for Life
The 2018 "Johnny's Run for Life," honoring John Williamson Jr., will be held on October 14th at Cardinal O'Hara High School.
Neumann-Goretti soph Tysheem Johnson scores 6 TDs in romp
Scoring on offense, defense and special teams, Johnson led the way as the Saints sailed past Bonner-Prendergast, 54-14. John Knebels speaks with the likeable all-purpose performer and reviews Catholic League football action.
‘The Predator’ loses both its prey and its way
The latest film in the worn-out franchise features explosions, gore and profanity, along with a cartoonish, predictable plot.
Book on Ignatian pilgrimage offers much for travelers, stay-at-homes
If you've ever made a pilgrimage, or you wish to, then this book will interest you. It answers the question: What can a pilgrimage do for me?
Needless profanity mars magical ‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls’
The film adaptation of the first in a series of books written by John Bellairs in the 1970s, long preceding the Harry Potter juggernaut, lacks the latter's sense of adventure even as its jokes work.
Across the Aisles: Indian Catholic Heritage Day
St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Church in Northeast Philadelphia hosted the annual Mass and cultural celebration for Indian Catholics in the Syro-Malabar, Syro-Malankara, Knanaya rites, along with Roman Catholics, Sept. 14.
Smiles in the sun at St. Thomas More’s annual family picnic
Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Pottstown parish gathered for a Sept. 16 cookout at Warwick Park.
What a person of faith looks like: At 100, she values God and family most
The big extended family of Vera Morris-Pleasant came out to celebrate her 100th birthday last month, but before the party, they complied with her request to join her at daily Mass at St. Athanasius Parish.
Immaculata senior blends prayer life, commitment to social justice
Maria Pisano looks to "light others' spark" by sharing her faith through a variety of spiritual and social outreaches on campus.