August 12, 2016
By Grazie Pozo Christie Pope Francis' recent apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia , is a rich and complex document about marriage and family - both the noble Christian ideals and the troubled and broken ways we too often experience them. Many have interpreted the exhortation's merciful tone toward Catholics who are in "irregular" situations as a seismic shift in Church teaching about sexuality and marriage (toward a "modern" sexually liberal outlook). They have been brought back to reality by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, who has published pastoral guidelines on Amoris for the priests of his parish.
July 12, 2016 |
OH, THE things I do for you, Philly Catholics. I spent the weekend reading Amoris Leatitia , which sounds like a romance novel but is actually a 264-page document written by Pope Francis. It deconstructs Roman Catholic teaching about the nature of the family and the sacrament of matrimony. It was a page-turner. I'm not being sarcastic. It made me feel good about being married and being a parent. It made me feel grateful for the family I was raised in and proud of the one my husband and I have created.
July 8, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney on Wednesday denounced as "not Christian" Archbishop Charles J. Chaput's insistence that Catholics living in relationships the church considers sinful may not receive Holy Communion or hold positions of responsibility in parishes. Kenney's was among the sharper reactions Chaput's decree drew from around the region. Some were swift to denounce the archbishop as an "old white man" whose church was out of touch. Others, though, hailed the archbishop for upholding traditional church teaching or deferred with a shrug to his authority.
July 7, 2016 |
SALT LAKE CITY - Forget hoping for a roster spot. Christian Wood is here playing like he's determined to be in the 76ers rotation. The perceived long shot to make the Sixers regular-season roster turned his second impressive performance Tuesday in the Utah Jazz Summer League. Wood finished with 19 points on 5-for-8 shooting in a 95-91 setback to the San Antonio Spurs at the Vivint Smart Home Arena. The 6-foot-11 center made 2 of 3 three-point shots and finished with seven rebounds. He scored a game-high 20 points Monday in a loss to the Boston Celtics.
June 11, 2016
ISSUE | MUSLIM HOLIDAYS Call Christian breaks by their names, too After reading that Mayor Kenney and the Philadelphia School District will add two Muslim holidays to the school calendar ("Phila. schools add 2 Muslim holidays," June 1) and looking at the list of school holidays for the next school year, I wondered: Are Christians chopped liver? The Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are named, and the Muslim holidays - Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha - will be identified, but Christmas and Easter are referred to as winter and spring breaks.
May 30, 2016
ISSUE | EVANGELISM In Christianity, love is the key As a Catholic who studied to be a priest for seven years and worked for the church for 40 years, I take issue with the commentary "Evangelism is central to calling of Christianity" (Wednesday), not because of the idea that preaching is necessary along with action, but because it depends on who is preaching and what is being preached. Jesus tried to teach his fellow Jews what God really wanted since they wouldn't listen to the prophets.
May 26, 2016
By Ed Stetzer 'Preach the gospel at all times; if necessary, use words," St. Francis of Assisi is supposed to have said. The aphorism, often quoted, expresses a well-meaning viewpoint of many Christians today. They are concerned that we've been too loud, demanding, and angry. Now, they say, we need to show the gospel by our lives. It's a good sentiment, and I certainly agree that we need to demonstrate the gospel change in our lives by caring for others. But there are two problems with the Assisi quote.
May 14, 2016 |
It's tempting to draw a direct line between Lucas Hnath's The Christians , which opened this week at the Wilma Theater, and the case of Oklahoma Pastor Carlton Pearson (although Hnath would prefer you didn't). Pearson, profiled in a 2005 episode of the radio show and podcast This American Life , was the successful shepherd of an evangelical megachurch. Until, that is, tormented by the thought of unbaptized and sickly African infants doomed to damnation, he delivered a sermon announcing that he no longer believed in hell, and subsequently lost everything.
March 30, 2016
The suicide bombing in the city of Lahore on Easter underscores how Pakistan's Christian minority has become an easy target for the country's Islamic militants, although Muslims also were among the victims. There are barely 2.5 million Christians in the mostly Muslim country of 180 million, and they say they worry about sending their children out and rarely feel safe even in church. A look at the Christian community in Pakistan: Nature of the Violence In predominantly Christian neighborhoods, radical Muslims have carried out attacks based on trumped-up charges of blasphemy, which is punishable by death.
March 26, 2016
Christians marked Good Friday in churches and on the street, recalling the passion and crucifixion of Jesus. At Visitation BVM Church in Philadelphia's Kensington section, parishioners reenacted the Stations of the Cross with Cuong Vy in the role of Jesus, carrying a cross through the streets. Many churches held services between noon and 3 p.m., the hours traditionally marked as the time Jesus suffered on the cross before dying. Pope Francis's Good Friday service at the Vatican was livestreamed on the Internet.