Change in annulment process a sign of pope’s mercy
Pope Francis made big news last week in advance of the Synod on the Family in October by changing canon law to streamline the annulment process. How do you view his decision?
This is the Holy Father’s desire to call people to Christ and to be merciful in his name. He wants people to accept and live out the teachings of Christ and the church, but he also wants to show that Christ and the church are merciful.
What Pope Francis will say in U.S. is anyone’s guess
Talk about moments of sheer panic.
When Pope Francis first began to exhibit terminal signs of being led by the Holy Spirit – such as setting aside his prepared text to speak plainly from the heart – those inside the Vatican conditioned to the sanctity of the script experienced heart palpitations normally reserved for first-time skydivers.
Synod concludes, work begins
After more than a year of feedback, study, prayer and discernment, the final document detailing the unifying vision, five priorities and 21 goals for future ministry in the Archdiocese of New Orleans was pored over this week by more than 200 priests at the annual Priests’ Convocation.
Four Sisters of Mount Carmel celebrate jubilees
Four Sisters of Mount Carmel will be honored in celebration of the anniversaries of their religious professions at a Mass and reception Sept. 19 at St. Leo Church in Lafayette.
Pope seeks to broaden the church’s mercy
There probably weren’t too many Catholics who had even heard of the concept of a “reserved sin” until Pope Francis spoke about it last week in relation to the upcoming Year of Mercy, which begins on Dec. 8. The pope announced that all priests would be authorized to offer absolution for the “sin of abortion” during the Holy Year. First of all, what is a “reserved sin”?
Catholic Church steps up to fight addictions
When Louis Bauer was in formation to become a permanent deacon, there came a time when he had to enroll in something called “Clinical Pastoral Education."