Residents spoke their minds on Catholic church issues, including their dissatisfaction with the direction of the papacy, during a frank, emotional discussion on Catholic church issues held at Bel Air's Saint Margaret Church on Sunday afternoon.
As 11 American Roman Catholic cardinals convene in Rome to elect the successor to Pope Benedict XVI, it is interesting to note that three cardinals who visited Baltimore during the last century were eventually elected pope.
By By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun
Msgr. Michael Schleupner, pastor of the parish, plans to host "An Open Conversation" on the resignation of Pope Benedict at 1 p.m. Sunday at the church on Hickory Avenue and at noon on March 10 at Saint Mary Magdalen Mission, off of Route 22.
Catherine Bellis was baptized at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church on Ingleside Avenue. She met her husband, Walter, singing in the choir. They were married there and raised eight children in the Catonsville parish where she taught Sunday school and served in the altar guild. And when the congregation gathered in the parish auditorium Feb. 10 and voted to leave the Episcopal Church and to join the Roman Catholic Church, the 101-year-old parishioner voted with the majority.
Pope Benedict XVI surprised Catholics in Baltimore and around the world Monday when he told a meeting of cardinals that he lacked the "strength of mind and body" to continue leading the church and would step down at the end of the month after nearly eight years.
On Sunday, Christ the King Church — Anglican — became Christ the King Catholic Church. The Towson congregation of about 140 is one of the first groups in the United States to join a new "ordinariate" established for those who want to be Catholic but hold on to Anglican traditions.
Cardinal Edwin F. O'Brien, speaking to parishioners Sunday in his first Mass in Baltimore since his elevation in Rome last month, alluded to political battles in Maryland as he said the church must always stand up for its values.
The spiritual leader of more than 8 percent of Maryland's population, Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, was to be elevated to the rank of Cardinal early Saturday in a ceremony at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
The American who knows the most about the inner workings of the Roman Catholic Church just might be a 28-year-old guy from a blue-collar background who's living in his parents' basement in South Philadelphia.
Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien has been chosen to head a Catholic order of knights based in Rome, the Vatican announced Monday, an appointment likely to move O'Brien closer to becoming a cardinal, but also will make him the first of Baltimore's archbishops not to finish his career here.