The next pope will undoubtedly have to wade through a good deal of advice from official advisors as well as commentators across the global Roman Catholic community. He will be chosen on part as well because of his own ideas and his style. As a lay person from a local parish I offer him my own three suggestions and hope that somehow they get to him, not because I am special, but because I am ordinary — the regular lay person in the pew on Sunday mornings.Read More »
Three Catholic bishops met with leaders of the American nuns' group they are tasked with overhauling in an "open and cordial'' meeting on Sunday (Nov. 11), according to a joint statement.
Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle led the bishops' discussion with four officials from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, including its new president, Sister Florence Deacon.Read More »
Last week the Rev. Patrick Conroy spoke to Gonzaga University students about his role as the 60th chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Conroy, who graduated from Gonzaga with a master’s degree in philosophy in 1977, is the first Jesuit priest to serve as House chaplain.Read More »
This isn’t your typical Catholic church.
There’s no incense. No gothic-style building. The congregation doesn’t believe the pope is infallible. And, the priest, the Rev. Tom Altepeter, is married.Read More »
Catholic Bishop Robert W. Finn was found guilty Thursday (Sept. 6) of failing to tell police about a priest suspected of sexually exploiting children, an unprecedented verdict that is being hailed as a landmark in the effort to bring accountability to the church's hierarchy.Read More »
Monsignor William J. Lynn, the first U.S. Catholic official convicted for covering up the sexual abuse of children, was sentenced to 3-6 years in prison on Tuesday (July 24).
Lynn, 61, has been in jail since his June 22 conviction on endangering the welfare of a child.