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."
Bucks Co. parish tackles addiction head-on at annual event
St. Thomas Aquinas in Croydon hosted dozens Sept. 13 mobilizing against rising levels of substance abuse, and overdose deaths. It's an area "where the church needs to be," said the organizer.
‘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?"
Catholics believe in God but ‘don’t believe in us,’ Miami archbishop says
The crisis the Catholic Church is facing is not "a crisis of faith" but is "a crisis of leadership," Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski told archdiocesan clergy. People "need to be able to trust us."
Congress urged to finish work on opioid legislation
The opioid addiction crisis in the United States is too big to allow Congress to let politics derail passage of a bill to fight opioid abuse, according to Bishop Frank Dewane of Florida.
When it comes to abuse, church isn’t above the law, bishop says
As revelations of the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by clergy continue in Chile, an archbishop said that the church can no longer ignore the suffering of victims.
Two more Chilean bishops step down in wake of abuse crisis
Pope Francis accepted the resignations of two more Chilean bishops, bringing to seven the number of bishops who have stepped down since June in response to the clerical sexual abuse scandal in their country.
Pope: Those exploiting foreigners for profit will pay on Judgment Day
No one can remain indifferent to the way minority groups are increasingly the object of so much fear, scorn and hatred, Pope Francis said.
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.
Euthanasia supporters tout autonomy of violence
Bobby Schindler details mounting evidence around the world, and coming to the U.S., for the normalization of intentionally killing vulnerable people at any age. Law and medicine are becoming weapons against human life.
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
Shroud of Turin expert coming to St. Maximilian Parish
Russ Breault will bring a big-screen presentation to the parish in West Chester on Sept. 29 covering the history, science, art and theories of how the image may have been formed.
Praise – Fall Revival at St. Raymond Church
Join us for two nights of song, reflection, personal testimony and experiences of the Praise of God focused on these seven words for praise. Music provided by the Philadelphia Catholic Mass Choir.
La Salle University hosts lecture on Oscar Romero
The Oct. 9 talk by Augustinian Father Arthur Purcaro will survey the life of the Salvadoran archbishop and martyr, who will be canonized on Oct. 14.
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.