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Thoughts on the Final Report on the Apostolic Visitation

Depending on your point of view, the report released today on the state of religious life in the United States is either a confusing disappointment or pleasant surprise. After all, the years of the Visitation are peppered with ugly accusations against the women religious and disconcerting defiance against ecclesial authority. Surely the majority of media-informed… Continue reading Thoughts on the Final Report on the Apostolic Visitation

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The Veneration of Saints is About Humility, not Humiliation

Catholic stereotypes, at least the ones I'm familiar with, focus on the negative. Guilt. Sin. Damnation. Exclusion. Superiority. To my surprise, Catholic saints somehow became harbingers of these negative messages. At least, that's how they are viewed by many more people that I expected. No, let me be clear. I never expected the saints to… Continue reading The Veneration of Saints is About Humility, not Humiliation