Why Be Catholic? Patrick Madrid Has All the Answers

Why Be Catholic

Have you ever read a book by Patrick Madrid?  If you have, I'll bet you haven't stopped at just one--that his easy style, clarity and humor captivated you, and you've picked up another of his titles along the way.I'm a fan, and here's why:  Patrick is a master of Plainspeak--not lofty theological prose which only a doctoral candidate could wade through, but clear, direct explanations for Catholic teachings and traditions.  He writes apologetics for the masses, and I think he's just what the d … [Read more...]

In Cuba, Faith Comes Out of the Closet As Catholic Church Is Erected

Cuban seminarians

For the first time since the Marxist revolution, a new Roman Catholic church is being erected in Cuba.The BBC reports: Its attitude to religion has softened since the fall of the Soviet Union, but this is the first Catholic church to be built for more than 50 years.The island nation has been communist since the overthrow of Fulgenico Batista in the Marxist revolution of 1959.  (From that time until 1992, Cuba's constitution said that the country was officially atheist.) … [Read more...]

As LCWR Plans Its Big Meeting, the Number of Nuns Continues to Decline

LCWR

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) will hold its annual meeting this week (August 12-16) in Nashville--and they've got some difficult issues to discuss. Michael Lipka, writing for the Pew Research Center, reports that the meeting comes at a time when the LCWR continues to draw scrutiny from the Vatican, while the number of women religious continues its dramatic decline. Lipka explains: While the church’s specific concerns with the nuns are complex, a few major areas were hi … [Read more...]


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