In the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and all the popes since, we hear over and over again that evangelization is the primary task of the church. In fact, in 1990, St. John Paul II declared, “I sense that the moment has come to commit all of the church’s energies to a new evangelization.” What’s more, we are also told that all of us, regardless of personality type or skill set, are called to be evangelizers. This generally makes Catholics squirm. Most of us feel unsuited, unprepared, incompetent. Can’t we leave this to the clergy and the religious education professionals?Read More.
Q. Stephen Hawking died recently. As I understand it, Professor Hawking claimed to have proven that God does not exist. And yet the pope met with him and recognized his studies; why would the pope do that and celebrate an atheist? (central Virginia)Read More.
When her granddaughter asks her if she remembers the sinking of the Titanic, Mary Weir scoffs just a bit. “No, that was April 1912,” she said before adding, “I was too young.” But she does remember staying safe in her family’s home on a hill during the Great Flood of 1913 — she was, after all, 4 years old by that time. At 109, Mary Weir of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Fortville may well be the oldest Catholic who attends Mass in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.Read More.
El Salvador’s Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chavez called the upcoming canonization of Blessed Oscar Romero a “gift from God” and is optimistic it can bring hope to his troubled homeland and to the Catholic Church. At a meeting March 6 with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, Pope Francis formally signed the decree recognizing the miracle needed to advance the sainthood cause of the slain archbishop of San Salvador, who was martyred for the faith.Read More.