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'We recommit our Church in Boston to work for healing'

Following are the edited prepared remarks of Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley's address to 1,700 guests at the Celebration of the Priesthood Dinner in Boston, Sept. 18. Last Saturday I gathered with hundreds ...



Maintenance vs. missionGeorge Weigel

Just when the Long Lent of 2002 was coming to a boil in March of that year, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy, took things from "boil" to "nuclear meltdown" ...

Divorced and CommunionFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am in my 50s and have now been divorced for three years. I was married in the Catholic Church and have always attended Sunday Mass regularly and received Communion. But I have begun to wonder whether ...

Praying with childrenJohn Garvey

Next month, Pope Francis will host a synod of bishops on the theme of "Young people, faith and vocational discernment." This may seem uncomfortable, even incongruous, given the crisis the church faces ...

Tintoretto and the Reform of the ChurchBishop Robert Barron

I am in Washington, DC this week for meetings of the USCCB. Since formal proceedings didn't begin until the evening, I found myself yesterday morning with a little free time. So I made my way to one of ...

Spiritual Paternity, Anger, Lying and Vulnerable AdultsFather Roger Landry

In the last two weeks there have been ongoing developments in the clergy scandals that erupted with the revelation of the sexual abuse committed by former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, widened with the ...

Is God calling you to serve him and his Church as a deacon?Deacon Christopher Connelly

How does one discern a call from God to a vocation in the Church? God calls all people to holiness. Within this call God calls each of us to a particular state in life. For some this particular call is ...

The sex abuse crisis and Church teachingMichael Pakaluk

Every one of us struggles and is weak; but what matters is how we deal with our weakness. Let's take something trivial and therefore inoffensive. Consider the principle, "Do not eat between meals." (It ...

Winners and losersDick Flavin

Of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: "It might have been!" John Greenleaf Whitter The mood inside Worcester City Hall on Aug. 17, was euphoric; there were high fives and hearty ...