• Bishops stress comprehensive reform in wake of executive action

    Undocumented immigrants who have been in country for five years, have children who are American citizens or legal residents and who pass a background check can apply for temporarily residency, according to President Barack. “You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law,” he said Nov. 20 while announcing a new executive action. “We need more than politics as usual when it comes to immigration; we need reasoned, thoughtful, compassionate debate that focuses on our hopes, not our fears.”

  • New Chicago archbishop: Be authentic, leave your comfort zone

    Newly installed Chicago Archbishop Blase J. Cupich’s first public homily stressed the importance of personal witness “with joy and compassion,” purified of “anger, harshness and fear.”

  • Remember the 'least of these' in spending cuts, bishops tell Congress

    As the 113th Congress enters the “lame-duck” session before newly-elected members take office, the U.S. Bishops are urging that a “circle of protection” be enacted around budget programs focusing on the poor.

  • How the Church can rebuild from the ashes of the sexual revolution

    Faced with a destructive “new intolerance,” the greatest Christian witnesses could be the very victims of the sexual revolution that created that intolerance, Catholic author Mary Eberstadt predicted.

  • Retiring Cardinal George opens up on faith, freedom and death

    As he enters retirement, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago noted the importance of living faith in the truth, reflecting on his time as archbishop, the approach of death, and advice for his successor, Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich.

  • Lots of high fives: Philly celebrates announcement of pope's visit

    Pope Francis’ official confirmation of a visit to Philadelphia in 2015 has stoked great Catholic enthusiasm and prompted hopes that a papal visit will reinvigorate the archdiocese.

  • Pope's visit to Philly will be 'icing on the cake' for family meeting

    After Pope Francis officially confirmed that he will visit Philadelphia next fall for the World Meeting of Families, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said the trip will be a blessing for the event and the world.

  • You are my legacy, Cardinal George tells Chicago at final Mass

    Cardinal Francis George celebrated his last public Mass as Archbishop of Chicago on Sunday, thanking the people of Chicago for being God’s “gift” to him.

  • Court rejects Catholic concerns about new contraception mandate rules

    A U.S. appeals court ruled Friday against Catholic organizations with objections to the Obama administration’s latest opt-out rules for mandated contraceptive and sterilization health insurance coverage.

  • Getting a pulse on healthcare

    The cinderblock waiting room at St. Margaret’s Center off Inglewood Boulevard in Lennox shouldn’t be nearly as cheerful as it is on this early afternoon in November. In the corner, a pair of tall green plants along with a single white lily are trying their flora best to spiff things up at the Catholic Charities of Los Angeles anti-poverty site. A faded painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe presides over the room.

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Spiritual, but not religious? Who to blame for declining church attendance

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

It’s no secret that today there’s been a massive drop-off in church attendance. Moreover, that drop-off in church-going is not paralleled by the same widespread growth in atheism and agnosticism. Rather, more and more people are claiming to be spiritual but not religious, faith-filled but not churchgoers. Why this exodus from our churches?

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