Latin American liberation theologians, according to Rev Thomas Reese, SJ, say the pope may not use the words liberation theology, ”but he certainly talks the talk: his concern for the poor, his desire to empower the poor to take responsibility and to be part of the community—this is very important for him. He doesn’t use the word liberation theology, but his message is very close to it.” More
“This has energized the movement for marriage redefinition, and at the same time it’s energized those of us who believe marriage is the union of a man and a woman for the sake of their children,” said Kim Daniels, an attorney and a spokeswoman for the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. More
After an IRA explosion in 1987 terrorized the community of Enniskillen, killed 11 Protestants, and injured scores of others, Gordon Wilson, father of one victim, said he forgave the bombers and prayed for the grace to continue to do so. Will the members of the G8 summit meeting in Northern Ireland be able to draw on a similar spirit of peace and reconciliation? More
Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington celebrated Mass on Sunday, March 10, at his historic titular church in Rome, San Pietro in Vincoli or St. Peter in Chains. Before the Mass, he asked US Catholics to pray for the cardinals as they prepare to enter the conclave.
At a briefing at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, this professor of liturgical studies at the Catholic University of America describes some of the pre-conclave rituals.
In an interview with managing editor Kim Lawton, Rev. Thomas Reese, S.J., analyst for National Catholic Reporter, describes what will happen as the cardinals begin voting for the new pope.