August 27, 2023, Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time: This Sunday’s readings reflect on the need for genuine “servants of the Lord” in positions of authority, and they warn inadequate leaders that their time will be short.
Pope Francis has announced a commission to identify new martyrs, and in its latest report, Open Doors International has identified 76 countries where Christians suffer “high and extreme levels of persecution.”
A sheriff said Tuesday that authorities have subpoenaed phone records of an Alabama priest and an 18-year-old woman—who fled to Europe together—to see if there is evidence of an illegal relationship when she was a student.
“I think that she’s a great example of someone who used her beliefs and used her ability to make a change in the world,” one student said. “And I think that a lot of Gen Z [is] looking for ways to do that."
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Dorothy Day had a very realistic picture of the Catholic Church, the pope said. “To her the church frequently seemed to be on the side of the rich and the property owners, and often unaware of the need for real social justice.”
Since this synod was announced in 2021, I have worked with the Seattle chancery as a synod volunteer and responded to the call for dialogue by personally talking with 100 people who were baptized and are now non-practicing.