Lay ministers to lead funerals in U.K.

It’s happening in Liverpool, according to The Tablet: Twenty-two Lay Funeral Ministers, men and women, have been commissioned to lead funeral services where there is no Requiem Mass and no priest available. The move, which comes into effect in the autumn, is due to the declining number of priests and the large number of funerals [Read More...]

"Lo, it was done. We are in communion."

Those are the simple, but stirring words of British blogger Fr. Sean Finnegan, who was present as several people — including three Anglican bishops, wearing simple neckties — joined the Catholic Church at Westminster Cathedral on New Year’s Day.  For a groundbreaking moment of Catholic and Anglican history, it was all surprisingly low key. From [Read More...]