It’s a match made in canine heaven. In a partnership launched in October with the Jefferson Parish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, first- through third-graders at Immaculate Conception School in suburban New Orleans take turns reading to shelter dogs twice a month during their regularly scheduled library time.Read More.
Eight years ago, Tyler Blanski was a long-haired denizen of Uptown Minneapolis, a “spiritual, but not religious” Christian hipster. He painted houses in the summer, recorded music in the winter, and was making plans to go to Anglican seminary to become a self-described “slum priest.” Today, at 34, he’s a Catholic family man. He lives in a modest Eden Prairie townhome with his wife, Brittany, 28, and their two young children, is a regular at incensed-enriched liturgies at Holy Family Church in St. Louis Park, and just published a memoir on his conversion, “An Immovable Feast.”Read More.
Since Michael Novak’s death in early 2017, the undisputed title of most influential Catholic neoconservative has belonged to George Weigel. Along with Novak and the late Father Richard John Neuhaus, Weigel has been at the center of a style of spiritual-political engagement that found its apogee in the papacy of St. John Paul II and the presidency of George W. Bush. In the intervening decade or so, the ground has shifted markedly under Weigel’s feet. The momentum in both Catholicism and the conservative movement has shifted in favor of, on the one hand, Pope Francis’ “church on the margins,” and on the other, a right-leaning populism resulting in the election of President Donald Trump.Read More.
Q. I am an old-time Catholic. We were taught that, to be forgiven in confession, we had to: 1) be truly sorry; 2) resolve firmly never to commit the sin again; and 3) make it right (e.g., give the money back, tell people that the gossip was a lie, etc.). On television and in the movies, sometimes a murderer confesses to a priest who is unable then to break the seal of confession. My question is this: Are murderers forgiven if they do not turn themselves into the police and serve prison time for the crime? Or is the sin forgiven with no strings attached? (Milwaukee)Read More.