The Archdiocese of Baltimore is adding the names of 23 deceased priests and brothers to an online list of those credibly accused of child sexual abuse, signalling a loosening of standards regarding the treatment of such clergy who are no longer living.
C. S. Farrelly, the bestselling author of break out thriller The Shepherd's Calculus, has weaved a tale that takes readers on a wild and thrilling ride through the dark world of politics. As the election draws closer and the stakes get higher, each choice becomes a calculation...What do you choose? Your faith, or your church? Your principles, or your candidate? The person you most respect, or the truth that could destroy their legacy? When the line between right and wrong is blurred, how do you act, and whom do you save? When journalist Peter Merrick is asked to write a ...
As more sisters, priests, laity and others challenge ecclesial culture, the Catholic Church’s internal decision-making structures, safeguarded by those whose unbridled power is at stake, must be reimagined.
Pope Francis in late August appointed Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori to lead an investigation into the alleged “sexual harassment of adults” by a former Catholic bishop in W.Va. But Archbishop Lori’s own record and actions seem to demonstrate a church “protectionism.”
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opened the organization’s most closely scrutinized meeting in years by announcing that the nation’s bishops will not vote in Baltimore on a series of action plans meant to address a new sex abuse scandal that has engulfed the church.
Before presenting the homily at a Mass in Wheeling Saturday night, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore said he hopes to lead a "fair, thorough" and "healing" investigation into the actions of ousted West Virginia bishop Michael J. Bransfield.
After Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, a former Washington archbishop accused of sexual abuse, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore on Monday praised the pope's decision and said it was an effort to "eliminate the evil of sexual abuse in our church."
I serve as liaison to the Maryland Catholic Conference (MCC), the lobbying organization in Annapolis that represents Maryland Catholics. Naturally I looked there to see what MCC had done to push for clean energy legislation since Pope Francis released Laudato Si’. The answer: not much.
Each of us plays a very special part in the world's spiritual evolution, though we may not be in the first 100. We are role models in every aspect of our lives. What we believe and the actions we take, teach our families, friends and observers. That could be a negative teaching or a positive.
Whether a symptom of moral relativism or the desires of the ambitious, distorting the truth in any way to create controversy is far from appropriate. Far too often, true journalism is replaced by clickbait.
"I love that little nun." That's how Immaculate Conception School principal Madeline Meaney describes her affection for Sister Dolora Taylor, of the Sisters of St. Francis Philadelphia. Taylor, who is 84 years old and four-feet ten-inches tall, recently celebrated her 20th year working as a record keeper at the Catholic school in downtown Towson.
The nation's Catholic bishops embraced both tradition and change Tuesday when they elected as their top officials a pair of prelates who lead two of the most diverse — and most heavily Hispanic — archdioceses in the United States.
Over the past six weeks, a construction crew has removed 3 feet of soil from a 1,007-square-foot area on the grounds of St. Pius X Church and School in Towson, filled in the hole with sand, then added a layer of mulch to help filter out pollutants from the rainwater which falls on the property.
Barbara Anderson is hopeful that a new commission appointed by Pope Francis to study women deacons could open up new opportunities for females in the Catholic Church. But more important, she says, is the new perspective that ordained women could bring to the church.
Baltimore archbishop: A year after the Pope's encyclical, I hope that we may hear Pope Francis' message anew and take inspiration from the individual and local actions that Catholics and other people of faith are already taking to fight climate change.
When Pope Francis released his much-anticipated exhortation "Amoris Laetitia," there was a great uproar across the internet. Conservatives accused the pope of threatening the foundation of the church, while liberals complained of betrayal. Quotes and misquotes were quickly spread, and writers focused more on their own views than those of the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis, who has declared 2016 a Holy Year of Mercy, published a much-anticipated exhortation on love and marriage Friday that eases the way for divorced and remarried Catholics to rejoin the faith, but reiterates limits on gay unions and the ban on contraception and abortion.
Baltimore Archbishop William Lori: It is simply unreasonable for the government to demand that the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns, violate their consciences by facilitating access to abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives and sterilization.
Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori told Pope Francis of the challenges confronting Baltimore during a meeting Thursday at the Vatican, talked about Freddie Gray, and asked the pontiff to pray for the city.
Traditionally, Advent marks the beginning of the Catholic Liturgical Year, and Pope Francis has declared an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy for 2016. Starting on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Dec. 8, Catholics are called to embrace Christ's mercy throughout their lives.
As a product of the developing world, Pope Francis is understandably concerned about climate change and its impact on the biodiversity of creation and on the world's poor. Included within this calculus is also his fretfulness about sustainable development, income inequality and the tendency of capitalism to focus more on profits than job creation. These issues are a natural outgrowth of the core Christian message and run counter to the "me first" philosophy of objectivism so dear to the
Pope Francis' address to Congress was an inspirational one, but one carefully crafted to preserve surface comity, while leaving a wide breach between the Obama administration policy and the pope's church on this central issue.
The five friends from the Church of the Nativity in Lutherville made an impromptu pew with their folding chairs on an intersection, facing not the actual Pope Francis, but a live stream of the Mass he was celebrating before the lucky million or so who got in.