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First Archdiocese Unveils Its Parish Pastoral Plan for Amoris Laetitia
The news comes from the Archdiocese of Washington; this plan is the first of its kind implementing Amoris Laetitia on a parish level. Cardinal Donald Wuerl explains his thinking behind it. Read more
by Deacon Greg Kandra | The Deacon's Bench
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Healing Us Through Our Woundedness
It’s quite common in spiritual direction to hear someone say, “If God would just take away this cross, I would be a much better Christian.” Suffering impacts all of us to a greater or lesser degree... Read more
by Dr. Greg Popcak | Faith on the Couch
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Survey on Pope Francis—Very Positive; Growing Discontent on the Right
Most U.S. Catholics in new new Pew Research Center survey say Francis is a major—and positive—change for the Roman Catholic Church; with growing discontent among Catholics on the political right. Read more
by Deacon Greg Kandra | The Deacon's Bench
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We're Letting the Bullies Call the Shots
Last summer, I was informed that my contract to teach English Literature at Franciscan University would not be renewed. This was not the decision of my department head, and had no connection at all... Read more
by Rebecca Bratten Weiss Weiss | suspended in her jar
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Relics of the Saints: A Conversation with Fr. Carlos Martins, CC
As I walked in the long line, waiting to come and venerate his relics I had quite the conversation with myself. I knew that the veneration of relics was an ancient practice. But this just seemed... Read more
by Timothy Putnam | A Belief Observed
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Paul VI Canonization Set for October 
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, says the sainthood rite will take place in late October at the close of a meeting of the Synod of Bishops, an institution Paul VI founded. Read more
by Deacon Greg Kandra | The Deacon's Bench
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