Pew Research Center: Most U.S. Catholics disagree with Church teaching on what is sinful, want changes in Communion rules

Details:  Most U.S. Catholics (62%) think the church should allow Catholics who have been divorced and remarried without an annulment to receive Communion, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. And only about a third of American Catholics (35%) say they personally think getting remarried after a divorce without an annulment is sinful, compared with [Read More…]

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Transgender activist: Bishop, priest supportive of my transition

This op-ed piece appeared in the Edmonton (Canada) Journal last week, written by transgender activist Marni Panas: My Ukrainian Catholic faith has been a significant cornerstone in the life of me and my family, but I had been pulling away from my faith over the past few years, mostly out of fear I would not feel welcome [Read More…]

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RIP Lawrence Peter Berra, the sports legend named for a deacon saint

The Yankees legend, and lifelong Catholic, died yesterday at the age of 90: Yogi Berra, one of baseball’s greatest catchers and characters, who as a player was a mainstay of 10 Yankee championship teams and as a manager led both the Yankees and Mets to the World Series — but who may be more widely [Read More…]

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New York Times: Francis to find a “church in upheaval”

The Times this morning has a very good, refreshingly balanced overview of the Catholic Church Pope Francis will find in the United States: More than 5,000 parishioners packed the pews, the choir loft and the vestibule on a recent weekend at Sacred Heart Church here in California’s Central Valley for five Masses — four of them in Spanish. [Read More…]

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A first: new Catholic parish in California to be named for Blessed Oscar Romero

Big news this week out of the Diocese of San Bernardino:  Bishop [Gerald R.] Barnes announced to the priests at the convocation Friday that he has established Blessed Oscar Romero Parish in Eastvale and has appointed Fr. Pat Kirsch as the first pastor of the Parish. Oscar Romero, of course, was beatified just this year. [Read More…]

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What does it take to be “Catholic”?

A new study pinpoints how self-identified Catholics answer that question: A Pew Research Center survey released Sept. 2 …asked 1,016 self-identified U.S. adult Catholics about what is “essential” to their personal sense of “being Catholic.” The answers reveal that for most Americans, Catholic identity is rooted more in how they live and believe than in [Read More…]

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Study: half of U.S. Catholics have left the Church “at some point”; but 70% say they could never imagine leaving

Details:  Some older American Catholics might remember a time when people thought of the Catholic Church like a family: hard to ignore and even harder to leave. But a new Pew Research Center survey of U.S. Catholics shows that at least some of these perceptions may no longer be entirely true. Indeed, about half (52%) of all [Read More…]

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Chris Matthews writes about growing up Catholic in Philadelphia

From Philadelphia Magazine: We lived in a totally Catholic world — Irish Catholic. Mass at St. Stephen’s was definite old-church. You dressed up. Everybody did, especially the adults. Grandpop always put on his three-piece gray suit. It was all in Latin, and the priest stood with his back to us just like it showed in [Read More…]

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Changes in Catholic America: a snapshot of the country the Pope will be visiting

The good folks at Pew offer this demographic snapshot of the country Pope Francis will be visiting next week: Today, immigrants make up a considerable share of Catholics, and many are Hispanic. At the same time, there has been a regional shift, from the Northeast (long home to a large percentage of the Catholic faithful) and [Read More…]

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A Catholic Worker responds to the scandal in Des Moines: “There is an underlying clericalism I find deeply disturbing”

You may remember this story from last week—wherein a bishop moved to forbid Mass at a Catholic Worker house in Iowa, after a “woman priest” presided at a liturgy there—and now my blog neighbor Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble has an interesting followup. This comes from Charles Beard, who is part of a Catholic Worker community in [Read More…]

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