We inhabit a small moment in time in a Church that has endured for 2,000 years and shall endure for many thousands more. The Church will not be shaken to the core if the divorced and remarried are admitted to Holy Communion. It would be nothing more than the practical working out of the Church's commitment to mercy.
A little-known knob in the tree of Virginia history lies at the end of a dirt road in Aquia. Neighboring St. William of York Church in Stafford and flanked by wooded swampland, the Brent Family Cemetery dates back to 1686, when King James II of England granted George Brent a swath of 30,000 acres nestled between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers.
All photographs by Fabiola Chesnut, a native of Morelia, Michoacan, and Head of the Department of Fine Arts at Huguenot High School in Richmond, Vir...
I am not saying the people who claim college is the best four years of your life, are wrong; however, it's important to remember that while there are a lot of great things about college life, whether that be the killer hook-ups or the paid internships, it all depends on the person.
f young people serving in the military have chaplains, why not have chaplains for those serving in our communities? This is why the Center for Faith and Service has launched the National Service Chaplaincy Initiative.
When I insist that safe sex is moral, I'm not talking about disease prevention. That's part of it, of course. STDs are an epidemic threat. But there's another, richer ethical reason to practice safe sex: conceiving a child is a morally serious act.
Spirituality should be about embracing who you are, developing your own sense of belief, and walking boldly in the fullness of your potential. Instead of succumbing to the pressure of treading against or thriving for an idea of perfection that's forever out of reach, be empowered by the process of your spiritual evolution.
The Catholic Synod on the family ends this week with many unanswered questions on how the church is going to meet the challenges facing families today.
We are not a complacent generation, so let's not let the recent Supreme Court decision make us complacent about civil rights and safe spaces for anyone else who is still struggling to thrive in a society where they are not always treated as equal.
Could other forms of creative writing address clergy abuse while offering some kind healing? I believe the answer is yes.
I would like to know what my struggle is as an out and proud, gay, Catholic man. Is it that I want to have marital relations with my future husband? Is it that I want my love to be recognized in the church I was raised in and the tradition I continue to uphold?
While the topic was painful and could have been expressed in a way to manipulate and shock, Spotlight tenderly and honestly showed the ways in which abuse impacts people at every connection point.
Conservative Catholics have a right to their opinions, but many of us in liberal Protestant churches would dispute their contention that we have abandoned key elements of Christian belief and practice.
Cynics, but not only cynics, like to observe, not always inaccurately, that Christians are never happy unless they are fighting -- each other. Certainly, their scriptures have notes of militancy. Most of these signal fighting -- evils at a distance or evils within the self.
The culture of Mexico is not alone in its remembrance of death, but it is unique in how, more often than not, these commemorations are more festive than somber.
Last week, one of my dear brothers was blessed to be seated at the Papal Mass in Philadelphia, and also present at the Pope's address to Congress in Washington. He was one who drank from the Pope's water glass, too. I pray that Pope Francis understands my brother's love for him.