I have been asked to reflect on two questions: What has it been like being a Catholic male? What am I thinking now?
I am a cradle Catholic, youngest of five children, born in 1945, to Italian immigrant parents in Rochester, NY. Our home was within walking distance of three churches, St. Andrews, St. Philip Neri, and…..
St. Pope Pius X (1903–14), born Giuseppe Sarto, vigorously prosecuted Pius IX’s war against Modernism, which targeted, among other things, liberalism, rationalism, communism, socialism, democracy, religious tolerance, freedom of conscience, separation of church and state, freedom of religion, speech and press. Modernists argued that church doctrine…..
Pope Francis, according to the Catholic News Agency, is weighing the possibility of proceeding with the cause for canonization of Pope Pius XII without waiting for the approval of a miracle, which is generally required. CNA cites an anonymous Vatican official as saying that Pope Francis has great admiration for Pius, and could invoke his own authority to speed up the process by waiving the miracle approval requirement. Pope Francis has already taken that step with the canonization of Pope…..