Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
By Alex Goldman
"Maybe many young people waste too many hours on futile things," the pope said in a short speech to the altar servers - young people who help the priest during religious services - who had come to Rome on a pilgrimage.
"Our life is made up of time, and time is a gift from God, so it is important that it be used in good and fruitful actions."
[he] also cautioned that high-speed world of digital social media needed calm, reflection and tenderness if it was to be "a network not of wires but of people".
He has a point. If I could have all the time back I spent furnishing my house in Animal Crossing or building massive ships in Captain Forever, I might have been able to apply that time to good and fruitful actions. Still, as we attempt to prove again and again on TLDR, the internet's network of wires is frequently utilized to create or strengthen human connections. It's not the network itself, it's how you use it.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
By Amy Eddings
Criticism over an archbishop's lavish retirement home is making waves in the Catholic community.
Monday, April 14, 2014
By Amy Eddings
One year into his papacy, some of Pope Francis' actions and statements have had liberals and conservatives alike wondering, because he's so shifted the Roman Church's emphasis and tone.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
For 500 years, the Catholic Church denied communion to parishioners who divorce and remarry. But this week, Pope Francis may chart a new course, breaking ranks with his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who refused to allow for pastoral discretion on the issue. James Carroll is the author of "An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War that Came Between Us" and "Toward A New Catholic Church: The Promise of Reform." He examines the choices facing Pope Francis regarding marriage and the future of the Catholic Church.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Some argue that it is unfair to criticize the Pope for his response to sexual abuse in the church so far. But David Clohessy, Executive Director of SNAP, believes that Pope Francis can do more to prevent abuse and punish predators.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Monday, July 29, 2013
Could the Catholic Church be softening its stance on homosexuals? On the way back to Rome from his a seven-day visit to Brazil, Pope Francis singled that changes could be coming to Catholicism. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" the Pope told reporters last week.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Catholics, call in and tell us about yesterday's services. Was there a message yesterday about Pope Francis? Has the new Pope brought you closer to the Church, or pushed you away? Call in to 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692, or leave a comment below.
Plus: Emma Gilbey Keller, columnist for the Guardian, discusses why she decided that once Pope Benedict XVI abruptly resigned last month, it had come time leave Catholicism behind in favor of the Episcopal Church.
Phones now open for Catholics: What was said in your church yesterday about Pope Francis? 212-433-9692 wny.cc/107GKkl— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) March 18, 2013
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The New York City area is home to about 4 million Catholics, and each church that serves this population has its own challenges and needs. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez and Brigid Bergin check in on a left-of-center church uptown, and one in Sunset Park offering services in four languages.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Peter Steinfels, co-director of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture at Fordham University and author of A People Adrift : The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America, talks about the election of Pope Francis, and the significance of having a Jesuit pope. Plus: he takes your phone calls.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The world's 1.2 billion Catholics have a number of different visions for the future of the Church. Julie Davis, a graphic designer from Dallas and the author of the Happy Catholic blog, Brian Frawley, manager of the gift shop at Boston's Holy Cross Cathedral and Father Matthew Gamber, a priest and senior counselor at Jesuit High School in Tampa Bay, Florida, discuss their hopes for the future of the Church.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Should the next pope spend his energies reaching new audiences? Or should he turn inward and address the divisions within his own flock, divisions for American Catholics that include gender equity, contraceptives, assisted reproductive technology and same-sex marriage?