The recent scene in downtown Nashville of mobs of hockey fans was almost unthinkable a decade ago. Fans in bright yellow jerseys clamored to get inside the Bridgestone Arena May 22 to witness the Predators’ first appearance in the NHL’s Western Conference Finals. They also filled nearby parks and restaurants to watch the game on the big screen.Read More.
If it seems hard to find God in this world, it is because he chooses to be with the defeated and dejected and in places where most people are loath to go, Pope Francis said.Read More.
I am the same father today that I was 44 years ago when my parenthood journey began. Yet, paradoxically, I am not the same. Fatherhood changed me. Fatherhood, after all, encompasses a vast commitment, and no real, ongoing commitment leaves people as it found them.Read More.
Q: Is it true that men born out of wedlock cannot enter the priesthood? (Philadelphia)
A: No, that is not true. But your question does reflect a lengthy period in the Church’s history when illegitimacy was ruled a barrier. The Council of Poitiers, under Pope Paschal II, determined in the late 11th century that being born out of wedlock constituted an impediment to the priesthood. That stipulation continued in force for many years and was, in fact, written into the Church’s Code of Canon Law published in 1917 (Canon 984). The current code (as revised in 1983) eliminates that impediment entirely.Read More.