Bishop Barron: don’t water down Christianity

LA auxiliary bishop tells 8000 attendees at Catholic leadership conference: "Christ commands his mystical Body the Church to do what he did, and to say what he said. That’s it… that’s the task of the Church to the present day"

Speaking to some 8,000 people at Student Leadership Summit in Chicago, Bishop Robert Barron said on Tuesday that trust in the risen Christ should give us the courage to preach the truth boldly. In bringing the message of heaven to earth, Catholics should be careful not to water down the Gospel or fall for bland and uninspiring half-truths, he said. He recalled an encounter … [Read more...]

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More street evangelizers coming to San Diego?

Six teams of Catholics take non-confrontational approach to spreading the Gospel

Steve Dawson, founder of Saint Paul Street Evangelization, wasn’t intending to start his own international apostolate when he began handing out Miraculous Medals to strangers. He was only trying to respond in his own way to the Church’s call for all baptized Christians to spread the Good News. “It’s not optional,” Dawson said of evangelization, citing Paragraph 1816 of the … [Read more...]

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Face of the Church in the United States rapidly changing

Fifty years ago, over 80 percent of American Catholics were of European descent. Today, that number is less than 50 percent

The rapidly changing realities of the Catholic Church in the U.S. bring a host of challenges and unknowns, but also great opportunities for evangelization and engagement, said experts at a gathering of Catholic leaders. “The future of U.S. Catholicism is being forged in areas once not central to U.S. Catholic life,” said Dr. Hosffman Ospino, associate professor of theology and … [Read more...]

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Napa priest plants himself near entrance of music festival

BottleRock Napa was attended by around 30,000

What’s a good way to reach a lot of young people all at once? Plant yourself at an entrance of a popular music festival with a sign, some free stuff, and a smile. That’s what Catholic priest Fr. David Jenuwine did last weekend, at BottleRock Napa, a three-day music festival with roughly 30,000 in attendance. His sign read simply: Catholic priest. Blessings, Prayers, … [Read more...]

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The way forward: Accommodation or proclamation?

Saying secularism causes the decline in religious affiliation is like saying the reason for the downpour outdoors is that it’s raining.

The following comes from a June 11 Catholic World Report article by Russell Shaw: In its first “religious landscape” study in seven years, the Pew Research Center found membership dropping steeply in most Christian bodies except for Evangelicals, among whom the loss was much smaller. In seven years the percentage of American adults describing themselves as Christians fell by … [Read more...]

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Would this transform a city?

Fr. Joseph Illo hopes to start perpetual adoration in San Francisco

On Saturday, May 9, San Francisco’s Star of the Sea Church hosted a “thank you” dinner for the parish’s “1% club”—those parishioners who had pledged or donated 1% of Star of the Sea’s Archbishop’s Annual Appeal assessment. Following the dinner, Fr. Joseph Illo, the parish’s fighting pastor thanked parishioners, noting that the parish had fulfilled its assessment on the first … [Read more...]

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The moral demands of Pope Francis

The following comes from a Feb. 21 interview on Real Clear Religion. Father Robert Barron is a priest on fire. After producing a largely successful television series, Catholicism, he moved north of Chicago, Illinois to the University of St. Mary of the Lake, a seminary in Mundelein. The cardinal archbishop of Chicago, Francis George, appointed him Rector in the summer of … [Read more...]

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