Abuse crisis, leadership failure seen having impact on church giving
A Villanova University director and numerous lay Catholic experts and bishops identified soaring costs and reduced giving by Catholic faithful because of the clergy sexual abuse crisis and responses to it.
Court: Christian artists can refuse to make invites for same-sex wedding
Arizona's Catholic bishops praised the state Supreme Court's Sept. 16 decision upholding the refusal by two Christian artists to create custom wedding invitations for same-sex couples based on their religious belief in marriage as being between one man and one woman.
Leaders hope compensation plan brings some healing, hope to survivors
A new private independent program set up to compensate victim-survivors of child sexual abuse by priests was rolled out Sept. 16 in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and five other participating Catholic dioceses in California.
‘Hard time for Catholics’ makes call to holiness clearer, archbishop says
The church needs saints, and saints need the church, said Archbishop Charles Chaput Sept. 12 at Malvern Retreat House, where he joined two others honored for their exceptional service to the church.
British lawmaker to speak in Malvern on Catholic identity
Lord David Alton, a member of the House of Lords in Great Britain's Parliament, will speak Thursday, Sept. 19 on themes of religious freedom and Christian persecution past, present and future.
Young adults learn about prayer and its obstacle, distraction
Father Carl Gismondi, F.S.S.P., spoke to about 20 members of the Catholic Young Adults of Chester County about the basics of prayer and answered their questions about it during a recent gathering.
Archbishop Chaput's speeches
Sainthood, the church and the call to holiness
Challenging times require the faithful to examine how they serve God, and to live out their friendship with God in service to his church, Archbishop Chaput said at the recent St. Joseph the Worker Medal Awards in Malvern.
Building a better BLOCS is new CEO Dave Rowan’s mission
The devout Catholic brings extensive business experience, including with the Philadelphia Eagles, to his leadership role of an organization that supports student scholarships to Catholic schools.
Renowned journalist Cokie Roberts, lifelong Catholic, dies at age 75
Cokie Roberts, a broadcast journalist and political commentator who spoke publicly about her Catholic faith and her admiration for the Sacred Heart sisters who taught her, died Sept. 17 due to complications from breast cancer.
Franciscan Sister Mary Jane Yassick dies at 85
The Phoenixville native ministered primarily in health care in the western states and in Africa before returning to the Philadelphia region for ministry as a teacher and volunteer.
Sister Ellen Cavanaugh dies; was leader in volunteer ministries
The Sister of Mercy was the first director of Mercy Volunteer Corps, executive director of the Catholic Network for Volunteer Services and was awarded by the pope and the archdiocese for her service to the church.
People and Events
Young adults begin year of service across U.S., Peru
A new group of Augustinian Volunteers, who were commissioned Aug. 25, are celebrating their recent college graduation by rolling up their sleeves to help, and learn from, others.
Hallahan students learn how to save lives, thanks to heartfelt donation
Communications CEO Brian Tierney provided a CPR training kit to the girls' high school, honoring his mother's studies there and supporting a state-wide effort to make CPR part of the curriculum.
U.S. delegation brings V Encuentro results to pope, Vatican
Bishop Nelson Perez told Vatican officials how excited people are to “actually be missionary disciples” going to “the peripheries.” A group reported on the collaboration of 1 million Hispanic/Latino Catholic leaders in the U.S.
Vatican may try priests on charges related to sex abuse at pre-seminary
The Vatican City State prosecuting attorney requested an indictment against two priests on charges related to the sexual abuse of boys at a minor seminary located at the Vatican.
Sant’Egidio Community taught Cardinal-designate Zuppi how to minister
Cardinal-designate Matteo Zuppi will join a 400-year-long list of archbishops of Bologna who also were cardinals, but his appointment to the College of Cardinals has more to do with his style of ministry than his job title.
A few thoughts on Sunday Mass attendance
Empty pews are a call to focus on the corporal works of mercy, improved liturgies and homilies, and a relational approach to ministry that favors real authentic conversion over big numbers, says Father Eric Banecker.
The sin of anti-Semitism resurfaces
Violence against Jewish people is on the rise in Europe and America, and Greg Erlandson warns that Catholics must guard against anti-Semitism and not give intellectual cover to those who invoke its slanders.
When ‘going home again’ becomes a lesson in humility
Effie Caldarola enjoys a Labor Day parade in her old hometown, and finds few people today remember the prominent leaders of the past. Humility is accepting each fleeting, God-filled moment, she writes.
Religious sisters, brothers mark anniversaries at Cathedral Mass
Consecrated women and men came together for the annual religious jubilarians' Mass Sept. 15 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul to celebrate prayerfully their many years of ministry in the church.
Hidden heroes commended with papal honors
Working in fields as diverse as temporal services, child protection, archive management and deaf ministry, 40 women and men were recognized for their faithful service to the church at a Sept. 5 prayer service.
Calendar of Events
Steadfast Young Adult Women’s Bible Study by Walking with Purpose
This study will show how scripture and the truths of our church are relevant to our everyday lives and the way to a more peace-filled life. Join the weekly event for a time of great conversation.
Sisters of Life Holy Hour: Opening of Fall 2019 40 Days for Life
Join the Sisters of Life as they will host a Holy Hour at the Basilica to kick off the 40 Days for Life Campaign.
Baptized and Sent: Extraordinary Missionary Month
Marisa Guerin, Ph.D., will tell the story of the Little Flower's own conversion and her way of supporting the missions. She will explain why mission begins with an encounter with the Lord Jesus and a commitment to discipleship. Prayer is the indispensable foundation of all our missionary efforts.
‘Bennett’s War’ deploys a hero we can cheer for
Viewers can root for the plucky veteran injured in Afghanistan who once again mounts his motorcycle in a risky race for his ailing father, to the dismay of his wife. Even if the film is predictable, its heart is in the right place.
Author reflects on clerical celibacy as spiritual fatherhood
A book on celibacy has its reviewer, Philadelphia priest Msgr. Brian Bransfield, thinking of his late father. That's an apt reminder of the necessity for forming priests emotionally as well as intellectually.