Spirituality

Where does the clerical sex abuse settlement money come from?

Father Kenneth Doyle explains to a reader how dioceses raise funds to compensate survivors of clerical abuse. In response to another question, he advises a reader on the annulment process.

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.

Bishops must be blameless servants, not princes, pope says

A bishop must be "blameless" and at the service of God, not of cliques, assets and power, especially if he is ever to "set right" what needs to be done for the church, Pope Francis said.

Sacraments are not for sale, pope says at Mass

The sacraments are gifts from God that are given freely and are not a way for the church to fill up its coffers to cover expenses, Pope Francis said.

Jesus calls all to live in the kingdom of God

Christ offers an eternal citizenship that we can claim by trusting in him, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior. When the Lord is truly the ruler of our lives, we experience peace and security.

Readings of the Holy Mass – Thirty-second 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.

Black Catholic History Month offers insight and inspiration to all

The annual celebration, observed each November, recalls the lives and contributions of African-American Catholics. In this set of articles from our partner Catholic News Service, we present thoughtful and informative overviews of the American black Catholic experience.

In choosing Catholicism, African-Americans returned to ancestral Christian traditions

Over the decades, a diverse array of African-Americans have chosen to become Catholic, for an equally diverse number of reasons. Their rich experiences and significant contributions to the faith gave rise to National Black Catholic History Month, now celebrated each November.