‘We must return to the Eucharist,’ writes Vatican’s chief liturgist

(CNA) — In a letter to the leaders of the world’s episcopal conferences, the head of the Vatican’s office for worship and sacraments said that Catholic communities should return to Mass as soon as it can be done safely, and that the Christian life cannot be sustained without the Sacrifice of the Mass and the Christian community of the Church. The letter, sent to bishops … Continue reading ‘We must return to the Eucharist,’ writes Vatican’s chief liturgist

Kansas City archbishop advocates against death penalty, despite being son of murder victim

(CNA) — In 1948, Fred Naumann was the assistant manager of a St. Louis liquor store. One night, a week before Christmas, Naumann told an employee to help unload a delivery truck. When the employee refused, Naumann fired him. They argued, and then the man turned around with a pocketknife, and slashed Naumann’s throat. He died before he reached the hospital. Continue reading Kansas City archbishop advocates against death penalty, despite being son of murder victim

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