New York parish anti-racism pledge prompts controversy

A New York priest said his parish added a “pledge for racial justice” to Masses as part of its anti-racism initiatives, and that no one at the parish is required to participate in it. While video of the pledge has been the subject of criticism in the media and from some Catholics, the Archdiocese of New York has not commented on the matter. Continue reading New York parish anti-racism pledge prompts controversy

Pope Francis says Amazon synod was for discernment, not fighting on married priests

(CNA) — Pope Francis did not approve a proposal to ordain married men in the Amazon region because the idea was discussed, and even argued about, but not prayerfully discerned at a 2019 synod of bishops, according to notes from the pope included in an article published Thursday in the Catholic periodical La Civiltà Cattolica. Continue reading Pope Francis says Amazon synod was for discernment, not fighting on married priests

‘Somebody has to make a big move’: Catholic priest who walked Belfast gauntlet on reconciliation

(CNA) — On Sept. 3, 2001, Fr. Aidan Troy set off with a group of children in the Ardoyne district of north Belfast walking to their Catholic school. To reach it, they had to pass through a Protestant area. Continue reading ‘Somebody has to make a big move’: Catholic priest who walked Belfast gauntlet on reconciliation

Kamala Harris quizzed judicial nominees over Christian adoption and faith values

WASHINGTON (CNA) — Vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris questioned a judicial nominee over his affiliation with a Christian adoption agency, and another about briefs he wrote for religious liberty lawsuits against the federal contraception mandate. She also questioned another nominee because he had been endorsed by a Texas pro-life organization. Continue reading Kamala Harris quizzed judicial nominees over Christian adoption and faith values

Pro-Life activist Abby Johnson debuts new podcast focusing on cultural, controversial issues

AUSTIN, Texas — On the heels of her nationally televised speech at the Republican National Convention Aug. 25, Abby Johnson’s new podcast, “Politely Rude,” dropped its first episode Aug. 26. The podcast is a weekly show focusing on parenting, culture and politics. Continue reading Pro-Life activist Abby Johnson debuts new podcast focusing on cultural, controversial issues

Annual priests vs. seminarians basketball tourney limited, but not sidelined, by COVID-19

SCOTTSDALE — The priests of the Diocese of Phoenix who lead their parishes and those studying to join them in that vocation take a time out every year to play basketball and engage in the kind of fellowship that fosters their relationship as partners in ministry. But this year, that gathering took on different look. Continue reading Annual priests vs. seminarians basketball tourney limited, but not sidelined, by COVID-19