Posts Tagged ‘Catholic Church’

The power and problems of Pentecostalism Comments 0

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

John Allen has reported here on the surge of Pentecostalism across Africa and the threat it presents to established Catholicism. Here is what he has to say: Today the primary competition stems from Africa’s sprawling galaxy of Pentecostal and Evangelical churches, some part of global denominations but most home-grown. In many parts of the continent, Read more

Catholic Church and politics still mix Comments 0

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Although the Catholic Church officially discourages clergy and religious from serving in public office, in many countries Catholic actors nevertheless play key roles in forging peace accords, guaranteeing access to safe water and other humanitarian aims, and lighting a fire under the international community to get involved. That activism builds on a grand history, from popes Read more

What Pope Francis has changed Comments 0

Monday, March 13th, 2017

The date 13 March 2013, marks the day on which Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was the first South American in history to become Pope. Four years later, “La Croix” asks four individuals to give their perspectives on what changes the Pope has brought about in their particular domains. “A real encouragement of our activities” Sylvie Read more

Five great achievements of Pope Francis’ first four years Comments 0

Monday, March 13th, 2017

It is hard to believe but Pope Francis is coming up on the fourth anniversary of his election as pope on March 13. In four years, the pope has had a profound impact on the church. True, he has not changed the church’s position on birth control, celibacy, women priests and gay marriage, but he Read more

The Church – the world’s biggest charity Comments 0

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Stalin famously said of the Church, “The Pope! How many divisions has he?” Less well known is Churchill’s response that Stalin “might have mentioned a number of legions not always visible on parade”. Indeed, the reach and influence of the Church are not easily described by statistics alone, yet the raw statistics are staggering enough. Read more

Muslim cultural society buys Catholic church – parishioners positive Comments 0

Friday, October 21st, 2016

A Muslim cultural society has bought a Catholic church. The money raised will help the church community pay debts of close to $1 million. The Immaculate Conception B.V.M. Catholic Church near Philadelphia, was purchased by the United American Muslim Society for US$1.775 million. The church had been closed since the start of this year. The Read more

Aussie abuse inquiry puts special focus on Catholic Church Comments 0

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Australia’s royal commission on child sexual abuse has announced it is to have a wide-ranging extra hearing focusing on the Catholic Church. The Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold a final hearing regarding the Catholic Church in February, 2017, the Australian Associated Press reported. The commission is seeking submissions about Read more

The Catholic Church must become more Protestant Comments 8

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Dr. Peter Kreeft is a brilliant theologian, philosopher, and a Evangelical Protestant convert to the Catholic faith. I’ve listened to several of his lectures, read many of his articles, and become a devotee. He’s got a lot of great stuff to say, and he isn’t afraid to say it. His appeal, to me, is that Read more

Let’s not be obsessed with criticism of Pope Francis Comments 0

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

On Monday night I was in the diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota, to give the annual Bishop Raymond Lucker lecture. Lucker served as the bishop there for a quarter-century, from 1976 to 2000, and is remembered in New Ulm primarily as a caring pastor who loved his people and his place. Nationally, however, Lucker is Read more

Where to from here for the Catholic Church in Australia? Comments 1

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Despite the unpersuasive Vatican spin on Cardinal Pell’s appearance last week before the Royal Commission into child sex abuse in institutions – that his performance was “dignified” and “edifying”, his performance, in the assessment of most observers including this one, was inept, cowardly and unconvincing. Cardinal Pell is only one Australian Catholic and he has Read more