'Pastors, Not Princes'

July 6-13, 2015

Vol.213 / No.1
Prayer for Charleston. A prayer circle forms near the Emanuel AME Church as police began a hunt for a 21-year-old suspect on June 17.
Signs Of the Times
Kevin ClarkeJune 24, 2015

Expressions of regret and horror, prayer services and moments of silence across the country followed in the aftermath of a shooting in a historic church in Charleston, S.C. The rampage on June 17 claimed the lives of nine people. Once again the nation faced the grim, inexplicable spectacle of a mass

Signs Of the Times

Pope Francis accepted the resignations on June 15 of Archbishop John C. Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee A. Piche of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. In a statement, Archbishop Nienstedt said he hopes his resignation might “give the archdiocese a new beginning amidst the many cha

John A. ColemanJune 24, 2015

"Lost Classroom, Lost Community," by Margaret F. Brinig and Nicole Stelle Garnett

Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 24, 2015

The greatest obstacle to Christian unity is ‘the spirit of possessiveness.’

Signs Of the Times

The Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land issued a strong condemnation against an early morning arson attack on the Benedictine Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha on the Sea of Galilee on June 18. The council, which is made up of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, the Heads of the Local

The Word
John W. MartensJune 24, 2015

Sexual abuse has scattered the flock. Those responsible must not be allowed to guard the sheep.

TAKE YOUR SEATS. Bishops and cardinals attend the beatification of Pope Paul VI.
Diego Fares, S.J.June 24, 2015

At the opening of the 68th General Assembly of the Italian Episcopal Conference on May 18, Pope Francis asked bishops not to be “pilots” but rather true pastors. Many times, the pontiff has called for “pastoral bishops, not princes,” using images he had previously employed wh