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The pope’s challenge for the church to be ‘more synodal’

Bishop Dennis Sullivan has called for a gathering of representatives from each parish in March to hear the voices of the faithful and to plan for the future of our

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Pope gives new vision for Synod of Bishops

Shortly before this paper went to press, and with relatively little fanfare, Pope Francis released an Apostolic Constitution this week entitled, “Episcopalis Communio,” in which he updated some elements of

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An antidote to tribalism and accusations

I recently attended a dialogue session held by a former archdiocesan official here in Chicago about the current devastating situation in the Catholic Church. While it is necessary that I

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United in prayer for the ‘Season of Creation’

In light of the ongoing efforts of the various Christian churches throughout the world to celebrate and protect the greatest gift given to humanity, our planet Earth, Christians are called

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We are stewards, not landlords, of this earth

Sometimes when a decision confronts us, it’s expected that we as Christians would turn to the church for advice. Issues of human sexuality, or end of life care, or rapid

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Our lives are endless conversion experiences

Being an ecclesiologist these days is a difficult gig. Hours after the flurry of recent activity involving the American and universal church, I had to stand in front of a

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From vulnerability comes strength

This is the third and final in a series of columns by the author about his pilgrimage to the Holy Land and his experience with depression. Every day is Christmas

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Pope Francis says the death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

Recently Pope Francis made a change to the Catechism of the Catholic Church which demands exactly such profound moral thinking. Part of the previous §2267 read: “Today, in fact, as

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The loss of a leading figure in interfaith dialogue

Last month I was saddened to hear of the death of one of the leading figures in the church in the ministry of interfaith dialogue, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of

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Take a pause, slow down and sit in the silence

Cardinal Robert Sarah, the Prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, recently authored a book entitled “The Power of Silence, Against the Dictatorship of