Saturday, April 22, 2017

Lessons on evangelization from the largest parish in the United States








“Pat!” Msgr. John McSweeney calls down the hall. Two heads poke out of two offices, and two replies of “Yes?” come back to him. “This is nothing,” the correct Pat says as she walks me down the hall. “We had eight Pats in the office at one point, and two of them were priests.”
A profusion of Pats is one of the simplest problems St. Matthew Catholic Church in Charlotte, N.C., has to grapple with. Thirty years ago, St. Matthew had only 237 registered families, but the church has mirrored the explosive growth of Charlotte and now serves over 10,000 registered households, putting it in contention for being the largest parish in the United States. Meanwhile, according to a 2009 study by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, the median Catholic church in...

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Catholicism & the Environment

Pope Francis could educate the US president

On Earth Day Catholics prepare to show mercy for the planet

On Earth Day Catholics prepare to show mercy for the planet

On Earth Day Catholics prepare to show mercy for the planet

The #Mercy2Earth Weekend is being organized by the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) to mark the fact that Earth Day (April 22) and Divine Mercy Sunday (April 23) are happening on the same weekend. The organizers say “both Catholics and non-Catholics are certainly listening to Pope Francis’s eco-message.”

Friday, April 21, 2017

In the age of Trump, can Mr. Rogers help us manage our anger?

Donald J. Trump, Fred Rogers and Octavia Butler
The PBS host once asked, "What do you do with the mad that you feel?" The question is as relevant as ever.
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David DarkApril 19, 2017

Pollsters confused about Catholic voters

Pollsters confused about Catholic voters

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Faith and Justice: Pollsters are faced with multiple problems, especially when it comes to counting the Catholic vote. Timing, methodologies and people's relative honesty add to the confusion.

US priests' group calls Vatican vocations document 'insulting'


US priests' group calls Vatican vocations document 'insulting'

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The Field Hospital: The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests criticizes treatment of homosexual persons in the Congregation for Clergy's recent document "The Gift of the Priestly...

Reading 'Amoris Laetitia' in the New Light of Easter