As at some parishes, St. Charles faces abuse crisis head on
The Drexel Hill parish is among those that offered a parish meeting led by a facilitator, special prayers and information in parish bulletins regarding the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church here and abroad.
Film on school’s Vietnam vets shows men taught to love, not to die
A documentary presents the family and friends of the Father Judge High School grads in Northeast Philadelphia who died in the Vietnam War. The survivors gathered for a screening and remembrance.
Catholic physicist says harmony of faith, science is seamless, not effortless
Planetary scientist Jonathan Lunine, a Catholic convert, spoke last week on the church's strong support for astronomy and the biblical mandate to "study the cosmos and understand as much as we can."
Bishops see much they can do despite no vote on steps to address abuse
What is left for the bishops to do? Perhaps not much as a group right now, but individually they still can do much within their own dioceses, according to bishops at a Nov. 14 news conference.
In Facebook Live event, U.S. bishops field range of questions from public
The Nov. 13 live streaming video and audio was shared through the USCCB Facebook page, and Facebook users posed real-time questions.
Facing abuse crisis offers church a moment of purification, cardinal says
As in 2002, facing the abuse crisis offers a moment of purification for the U.S. Catholic Church, and the solution must involve transparency and accountability, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl said.
Catholic, international aid agencies press for end of war in Yemen
Catholic Relief Services and others are supporting aid for the humanitarian disaster "of horrific proportions" where one child is dying every 10 minutes in the four-year-old war.
Caravan from Central America receives rough reception in Tijuana
The residents demanded the migrants leave Tijuana, sang the Mexican national anthem and shouted, "Mexico!" as caravan participants were taken to shelters, according to press reports and videos on social media.
British archbishop apologizes for church’s response to abuse survivors
Some of the allegations were made against Father John Tolkien, the son of JRR Tolkien, the best-selling author of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
Path for church reform goes through Rome
Although the U.S. bishops' meeting did not result in urgent church reforms, some progress was made, writes Greg Erlandson. Dialogue between the bishops and the Vatican continues, with both sides seeking action.
Remembering a radical Catholic with gratitude
November, which kicks off the holiday season and its excess, is a good time to remember Dorothy Day, writes Effie Caldarola. A devout Catholic and social activist, Day challenged the church to live out the Gospel fully.
Vocation programs show Power of the Priesthood
The director of the archdiocesan vocations office reports on efforts to raise awareness of people's calling to religious life, through archdiocese-wide programs and a moving new video on one priest, Father Doug McKay.
The end of the world is a good thing
The journey of our lives, and of all creation, ultimately leads to the Lord of love, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior. God shows us the path of life when we focus our minds and hearts on him.
Readings of the Holy Mass – Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Read or listen to the readings before Mass with these resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, using the New American Bible, Revised Edition.
Is online confession coming to a church near you?
Father Kenneth Doyle advises a reader interested in the convenience of "virtual absolution," and clarifies communion guidelines for Protestant Christians in response to a separate question.
In brotherhood of Malvern Prep football, everyone ‘earns it’
Even during team workouts last summer, the Friars discussed the importance of believing in each other and putting team before individual. That they did, capping a perfect 11-0 season, the first in school history.
Calendar of Events
Movie night explores faith of Eagles’ champions
A Nov. 16 showing of "The Faith Playbook" at St. Norbert's in Paoli will help viewers learn how the Super Bowl winners make Jesus their ultimate goal.
Advent Bible study reflects on early Christian hymns
A series offered by the Mother Boniface Spirituality Center focuses on 10 New Testament songs that express the faith of the first believers in Christ.
Christmas for the Holy Land
The Mercedarian Third Order and Lay Fraternity through Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Overbrook, Philadelphia presents "Christmas for the Holy Land".
Fantastical ‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ outpaces its Potterish predecessor
Where "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" was lacking in enchantment in 2016, its follow-up film, also penned by J.K. Rowling, is sharper and more engaging -- with one caveat.
All educated Catholics could benefit from new biblical commentary
This excellent volume represents a major accomplishment in Catholic biblical scholarship in the 21st century. It summarizes biblical scholarship for those who “turn to the Scriptures in their ministry.
Book offers perspective on former nuncio’s claims, author says
"Il Giorno del Giudizio" ("Judgment Day") was released Nov. 6 and reconstructs the events leading to Archbishop McCarrick's rise in the hierarchy while countering claims made by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, former nuncio to the United States.
Archbishop Chaput's column
Facts for the record
In a letter to Philadelphia Catholics, Archbishop Charles Chaput points out two errors in a recent Philadelphia Inquirer story about a former Denver seminarian and a priest removed from ministry.