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Amazon Synod to consider possible ordination of married men, ‘official ministry’ for women...

The working document for the special assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian region, released Monday, recommends study of the possibility of ordaining married men in remote areas for the priesthood. “Stating that celibacy is a gift for the Church, we ask that, for more remote areas in the region, study of the possibility of priestly ordination of elders...

Appreciating fatherhood — on Earth as it is in Heaven...

This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day throughout the United States. It’s a relatively recent feast, made a permanent national holiday on the third Sunday of June only in 1972, when it was signed into law by President Richard Nixon. President Lyndon Johnson had given the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers only six years prior...

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity...

Pentecost is not supposed to mark a spiritual highpoint, from which we then regress and go back to being our slovenly selves. Rather, Pentecost should be a dramatic infusion of spiritual energy climaxing a period of formation that has been ongoing since the first week of Advent. Pentecost propels us, like a shot out of a cannon...

According to one exorcist, this problem is ‘far worse than Satan’...

“Which is worse, sin or Satan?” Msgr. John Esseff asked. “Sin is far worse,” he answered without waiting for a response. I had called for his perspective on what is happening in our culture. As a priest for 65 years, an exorcist for over 40, and a former spiritual director to St. Teresa of Calcutta, his spiritual perspectives are ever-ready...

When the miracle doesn’t come...

I remember distinctly a night that had a great impact on my soul, a night that led to a great searching and seeking. It was late. I was sitting amid beeping machines around the hospital bed of my newborn daughter. She had just had extensive back surgery for severe spina bifida, only a few days old. She was more tubes and bandages than sweet baby-soft skin...

‘Hope does not disappoint!’ — Pope travels to Camerino for Father’s Day and Trinity Sunday...

Hope, which is more than mere optimism, gives one a deep-rooted confidence in the love and care of God, no matter what has happened, Pope Francis said Sunday. Hope “does not expire, because it is based on the fidelity of God. The hope of the Spirit is not even optimism. Born deeper, it rekindles at the bottom of the heart the certainty of being precious because loved...

Boys will be boys — and boys should be boys, to become true men...

Which cultures, pagan or Christian, made a point to raise boys to become strong and healthy men, fit to work hard, marry, raise children and unite with their fellow men in teams to hunt or fish on the open sea, drive herds of large animals, fight enemies, dredge harbors, dig canals, clear fields, hew stone from the earth, lay roads...

“We are greatly blessed” for the gift of fatherhood...

Each November, for more than a decade, my father coordinated the annual “Scouting for Food” program in the small town where I grew up. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts would drop off empty grocery bags at each house in town, and then a week later, collect bags filled with food for the poor. My father arranged the assignments, and then compiled...

One and one and one are one...

There is an old spiritual that says, “My God is so high you can’t get over Him. He’s so low you can’t get under Him. He’s so wide you can’t get around Him. You must come in, by and through the Lamb.” It’s not a bad way of saying that God is “other.” He is beyond what human words can describe, beyond what human thoughts can conjure...

Notre Dame Cathedral celebrates first Mass since fire...

Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral experienced a devastating fire in April. Two months later, priests, canons and construction workers in Paris celebrated the first Mass in the cathedral since the fire. Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit celebrated Mass in the Chapel of the Virgin behind the choir, with only 30 people present (for security reasons)...