Posts Tagged ‘Catholic Church’

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

Confession of a girl who came home Comments 0

Friday, February 12th, 2016

This is my confession. I was tricked into accepting God back into my life. Yes, you read that right, I was tricked. Duped. Hoodwinked. Bamboozled – or perhaps more accurately, I was enticed by fireworks. After all, simple things amuse simple minds and as soon as my friend told me they were doing backyard fireworks Read more

Five predictions for the unpredictable Pope Francis in 2016 Comments 0

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Last week I was in Youngstown and Akron, Ohio, where I’ve been speaking at First Friday clubs for several years. My wife Shannon, who handles my speaking calendar, is very loyal to these folks, and insisted that I offer them something new and original. In response, I did something that’s basically an act of madness: Read more

2015 Catholic Church statistics Comments 0

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

The latest edition of the ‘Church’s Book of Statistics’ was released to coincide with World Mission Sunday. The book details members of the Church, church structures, healthcare, welfare and education. World population To 31 December 2013 the world population was 7,093,798,000 with an increase of 70,421,000 compared with the previous year. Population growth was registered Read more

Cardinal Pell’s ‘own goal’ Comments 11

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
Michael Kelly SJ

A Catholic friend of mine who spent his professional life as a journalist at what was the then rather WASPISH Melbourne Age told me in the 1980s that two sports dominated that paper’s pages – Australian Rules football and Catholic fights. Cardinal George Pell should have stuck to playing Ozzie Rules. In that game, shirt Read more