Reflecting on the Church’s role in society

By: Taylor Fulkerson In Illinois last week, Bishop Paprocki of the Springfield Diocese announced that he plans to offer prayers for “exorcism in reparation for the sin of same-sex marriage” on Nov. 20 as Governor Patrick Quinn signs into law an act that legalizes marriage equality. Besides the fact that this is insensitive to the LGBTQ community, I find this political stunt to be deeply problematic. This week is an appropriate time to reflect on the role of the Catholic Church in society: scripture readings for the mass this time of year flirt more with apocalyptic themes, quotes from Pope … Continue reading Reflecting on the Church’s role in society

Pope Francis and the Church’s mission

By: Sean McMahon Pope Francis said in an interview released on Sept. 19 that the Church has an “obsession” with “gays, abortion and birth control.” The interview laid out Francis’ bold vision of the Church. This is a Church that is all-inclusive: caring for the sinner, not the sin and focused on social justice. “The Church,” the pope said to Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor -in-chief of “La Civiltà Cattolica,” an Italian Jesuit journal, “sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules. The most important thing is the first proclamation: Jesus Christ has saved you.” Francis wants Catholics … Continue reading Pope Francis and the Church’s mission