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Prayer and penanceJaymie Stuart Wolfe

There's just no escaping it. Every time the fires of the Church's moral crisis burn down, something else stirs the embers into flame. Still, who would have anticipated that the Vatican would pull the ...

Remember our retired SistersSister Marian Batho, CSJ

Please remember the Retired Sisters of the Archdiocese of Boston on the weekend of Nov. 17-18. For many years, Sisters responded with love and great care to the pastoral needs of the faithful in the ...

The Paradigm for Bishop-Led Church ReformFather Roger J. Landry

The bishops of the United States are in Baltimore this week for their annual Fall meeting, but this year's reunion is anything but routine. It will be focused fundamentally, with prayer, penance, and ...

Possible to confess online?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Is Catholic confession available online? This would be so convenient. (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) A. Certainly at this time, there is no provision in the church's sacramental practice for online confession ...

What's happening in collaboratives now?Sister Pat Boyle

This past June, 19 collaboratives began the work of strengthening their parishes for the work of evangelization. Last month, the pastors of those Phase 6 collaboratives attended the orientation and workshop ...

Is annual confession mandated?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Could a person go to daily Mass and receive Communion without having gone to confession in four years? (Batesville, Indiana) A. The answer, technically, is yes. If the person had committed no serious ...

Stephen Hawking: great scientist, lousy theologianBishop Robert Barron

Stephen Hawking was a great theoretical physicist and cosmologist, perhaps the most important since Einstein. It is only right that his remains have been interred alongside those of Isaac Newton in Westminster ...

Walking togetherJaymie Stuart Wolfe

Synodality: walking together, accompaniment. I admit it sounds like a great idea. In fact, it is a great idea -- with this caveat: the people who are walking together must agree on the destination they ...

Phase Six -- Collaborative pastor workshopSister Pat Boyle, CSJ

Phase Six pastors met recently at the Pastoral Center for their collaborative pastor workshop. The workshop was moved to the fall to give pastors a few months in their assignments to become familiar with ...

St. Oscar Romero, the saints and the deadHosffman Ospino

On Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador was declared a saint of the Catholic Church. Millions of people of Latin America, Hispanics in the United States and countless others ...