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In laying down a challenge to U.S. Catholics on the death penalty, Pope Francis highlights a deeper Catholic vision of what it means to protect human life — the notion that there is a “seamless garment” to what the church says about abortion, the death penalty and non-violence.
Pope Francis says that one of the great sins of the church is its infantilizing of the laity. “It is time for the laity to educate themselves, speak out and act like true disciples of Christ in spreading the joy of the gospel,” writes Thomas Reese, SJ.
In what may be a first for transparency in the Canadian Catholic Church, St. Boniface Archbishop Albert LeGatt has publicly released a 108-page report on the state of his bilingual diocese in Manitoba.
Hospital chaplains, pastors, and spiritual care volunteers gathered Oct. 3 for a meeting about the elimination of government-funded spiritual care services in Saskatchewan health care facilities.