The “Christmas wars” are being fought – and won – all over the world these days. The latest victory occurred in a shopping mall in Scotland where the faithful convinced the owners to overturn their ban on allowing a Nativity scene in their Christmas display.
A new study on young adults who leave the Catholic Church has found that youth stop identifying as Catholic at a median age of 13 for reasons ranging from disbelief to dissatisfaction with Church teaching.
November 27th each year commemorates the manifestation of Our Lady’s Miraculous Medal. This sacramental, known and beloved worldwide, arose from the humblest of origins, in keeping with those of the Virgin whose image it bears.
A 53-year-old mother of three, who flatly refused to be sexually assaulted by an armed assailant in a Catholic Supply store near St. Louis, Missouri, is being mourned by those who knew her and celebrated for the heroism she showed in the face of death.
No More Victims, a laity group with the likes of theologian Mary Healey, Ph.D. and broadcaster Al Kresta on its board, has issued a “reader” for both the bishops and the laity detailing what can be done to counter sex abuse of adults and minors in the Church and how the laity should become involved in the solution to these problems.
In light of the heightened discord and animosity that has invaded American society in the past decade, for the first time in over 40 years, the full body of U.S. bishops has issued a rare pastoral letter dealing with the subject of racism and is encouraging the faithful to prayerfully read this document.
Even though they are not permitted to vote on a permanent solution to the sex abuse crisis in the U.S. church just yet, this didn’t stop many bishops attending the semi-annual conference in Baltimore from speaking their mind about the impact of one of the most serious scandals to hit the Church in her history.
As California’s deadly Camp Fire continues to rage out of control, Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto is offering prayers and words of consolation to the thousands of people in his diocese who have been impacted by the blaze.