Mary Ann Walsh, R.S.M., is America's U.S. Church Correspondent. She is responsible for planning and producing America’s coverage of the U.S. Church. In addition to feature writing, Sr. Walsh makes contributions to America’s blogs and other digital platforms and will wrote a column on the U.S. Church for the print edition. She served as a correspondent for Catholic News Service in Rome and Washington and as director of communications for World Youth Day in Denver in 1993. She then began her work in media relations for the U.S. bishops. She is an award-winning writer and has been published in The Washington Post, USA Today and Editor & Publisher, among others, and is the editor of three books:Pope John Paul II: A Light for the World; From John Paul II to Benedict XVI: An Inside Look at the End of an Era…; and Benedict XVI: Essays and Reflections on His Papacy.
To evoke lively conversations, ask why so many Catholics no longer go to Mass. Some people will cite doctrinal issues like birth control, divorce and remarriage, and sexual mores. Others will speak of their experiences of the church as irrelevant to their lives. Others will cite church scandals; and
Cardinal Edward Michael Egan who died March 5 at the age of 82 may have had one of his greater moments as a churchman during 9-11 at Ground Zero In response to New York rsquo s Mayor Rudy Giuliani who needed to comfort and console his people before they even knew what had happened at 9-11 when p
If an academic pedigree is an indication the hierarchy of the U S bishops took a big step forward with the promotion of Auxiliary Bishop Robert W McElroy of San Francisco to Bishop of San Diego on March 3 News of the appointment was broken by blogger Rocco Palmo March 2 The 61-year-old prelate
As the Vatican prepares for the Synod of Bishops on the Family Oct 4 to 25 various individuals and groups are offering input on issues they want the synod to address I asked several U S Catholic pastors and other experts to note issues on which people go to clergy for help Most emphasized famil