Saint Benevolens parish just got the dreaded word. As of next June, St. Ben’s will cease to be a parish. To appreciate this situation, there are some things you should know. St.
Like little green shoots, small church communities are emerging all over the Catholic parish landscape. They are one of the more promising pastoral initiatives at work in U.S. parishes today.
About 10 years ago, a home video of a young Dutch woman named Maria appeared in a PBS presentation called Choosing Death.
The first ratings of clerical performance by the laity occurred almost a half century ago in a study by Catholic Digest, which was in fact the first sample survey ever of American religion.
WARNING: In this essay I use the terms conservative and liberal that no one likes. I don’t like those labels!