Catholic men must reclaim and live the virtue of Christian masculinity, Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted says in his newly released apostolic exhortation, “Into the Breach.”
The Catholic Spirit asked pilgrims from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis who encountered Pope Francis during his apostolic journey in the U.S. to reflect on the meaning of his visit. The following are a section of their responses. The responses were edited for length and clarity.
Every day, the devil tries to trick and seduce people with promises of riches, grandeur and power, Pope Francis said.
St. Joseph Parish in Roseburg hosted an emotional Mass the evening of Oct. 1 for 10 people who died in a shooting that morning at Umpqua Community College. Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith traveled from Portland for the liturgy.
At the same time, he said, the church must carry out its mission with charity, not only “not pointing a finger in judgment of others,” but also seeking out all who are lonely and in pain, caring for “hurting couples with the balm of acceptance and mercy.”
On the eve of the Synod of Bishops on the family, a Polish monsignor who works in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, publicly declared he is homosexual and has a stable partner.
St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights will be hosting a book release party 7 p.m. Oct. 6 for Vince Flynn’s book, “The Survivor,” the next book in his Mitch Rapp series of political thrillers. The book was completed by New York Times best-selling author Kyle Mills after Flynn’s death in 2013.
For the second time in his life, Father Erik Lundgren, parochial administrator at Sts. Joachim and Anne in Shakopee, is running the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon to celebrate his birthday. The first time, in 2012, it was to celebrate his 30th birthday. This year, it’s for another significant milestone. The event takes place Oct. 4, with the course going past the Cathedral of St. Paul and ending near the State Capitol.
In both the natural world and in belief in faith, death is not in vain, Fordham theologian Sister Elizabeth Johnson said. “God is there with the promise of something more.”
Pat Shannon counted the steps. Nine that time, he said. It was a big move for the pilgrims who had been standing in a massive crowd on a Philadelphia side street waiting to go through security to join Pope Francis’ Mass on Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Between cases already on the Supreme Court’s docket for the 2015-2016 term and some of the appeals thought likely to be accepted for review, it might look like the justices have taken up Hollywood’s love of sequels to blockbusters.