April 13, 2008 |
American Catholics said in a new survey that they were pleased with the leadership of Pope Benedict XVI, ahead of his visit to New York, the first in the U.S. since his election. The study found intense interest in faith among some young people. Yet few parishioners overall said they go to confession, and most believed they could be good Roman Catholics without going to Mass. The poll was commissioned by the nation's bishops and conducted in February by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University.
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November 20, 2006 |
In an event that mixed moments of sadness and exuberance, Roman Catholic members of the Vietnamese American community gathered Sunday to remember the difficult origins of their faith and celebrate their current triumphs. Nearly 5,000 people arrived at the UC Irvine Bren Events Center for the annual Mass celebrating the Vietnamese martyrs. The 117 martyrs, canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1988, were killed during the persecution of Catholics in Vietnam from 1798 until 1861.
May 14, 2005
Michael McGough's commentary ("Grappling With Catholic Feng Shui," May 9) is the latest version of what's become a treasured fairy tale among conservative Catholics: that all the troubles and challenges confronting the church can be blamed on the openness of Vatican II. In this little bit of make-believe, Catholics worldwide were frightened by the scary forest of freedoms that evolved from that period -- so we all left the church and now drift helplessly,...
April 21, 2005
It became clear shortly after Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was chosen that liberals and some in the media decided that it would be politically incorrect to like the new pope. I'm so glad that the Holy Spirit did not consult them before dispensing his infinite wisdom upon the College of Cardinals. Benedict XVI is a brilliant, prayerful and humble man who will surprise many people during his papacy. Long may he reign. Michael Marasco Glendale I'd like to think I'm not the only American Catholic who watched the election of a successor to Pope John Paul II hoping the church's new leader would be someone able and willing to guide its faithful in a direction more closely aligned to Jesus' message of forgiveness, compassion and redemption for all. Disappointingly (but hardly surprising)
April 20, 2005 |
When Father Marcos Gonzalez of St. Andrew's Church in Pasadena heard that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had been elected the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church, he let out a whoop of joy. The new Pope Benedict XVI, he thought, would be sure to proclaim and defend traditional teachings. When Sister Jeannine Gramick, co-founder of a Maryland-based Catholic ministry to promote the rights of gay men and lesbians, heard the news, her heart fell.
April 9, 2005
Re "Bernard Law Given Prominent Funeral Role," April 8: Few things could better illustrate the Vatican's political tone-deafness to the concerns of American Catholics than its selection of the disgraced former cardinal of Boston, Bernard Law, to celebrate a high-profile Mass honoring the pope. This is the same cardinal who chose to sacrifice the welfare of young boys to protect the church's reputation by reassigning pedophile priests to different parishes rather than turn them over to police.