A two-week meeting of Catholic bishops at the Vatican is over and new language on the Church’s view of gays and other issues has been rejected. Now, area Catholics are reacting to the outcome.
A Philadelphia-based theology professor says the bishops, , despite their statement about welcoming gays, aren’t proposing any change in Catholic doctrine on homosexuality at this time.
Philadelphia’s archbishop is in Rome for planning sessions for the World Meeting of Families event, scheduled for next September in Philadelphia.
One of the key events taking place during the process is a pep rally for families in Philadelphia in September 2015, which Francis is expected to attend.
Philadelphia native, Bishop Daniel Thomas, who was ordained a priest in 1985 by Cardinal John Krol, and a bishop in 2006 by Cardinal Justin Rigali, takes the reins of a diocese that covers 19 counties in northwestern Ohio.
One of Philadelphia’s top movers and shakers says there are more than enough deep pockets in the region to help pay for both a potential visit of the pope to Philadelphia next year and a Democratic National Convention in 2016.
Pope Francis has confirmed he wants to go to the United States next year and is considering a three-city trip in September 2015.
Preparations are underway for an “expected” visit from Pope Francis, during the World Meeting of Families next year. That includes the creation of a religious icon to be used to promote the World Meeting.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia isn’t quite ready to let us take the pope’s word as gospel.
If the pontiff does come, an appearance on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is not a certainty.
And they say Archbishop Chaput’s comments of optimism don’t affect their planning for the event.
According to a report, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has confirmed that Pope Francis will be coming to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families in 2015.
Dom Giordano talked with Bishop David Zubik about his defense of organizations aiding and offering housing to immigrant children sent to the United States from Mexico and Central America.
Pope Francis has come out saying he is strongly against the legalization of recreational drugs.
Pope Francis is giving a symbolic nod to Palestinian aspirations for their own state by visiting the West Bank before visiting Israel.