Is the church in the United States in decline?

Optimists and pessimists can draw different conclusions on the direction the church in America is heading Jan. 3, 2014, edition By Doug Scott Few would argue that these are turbulent times for the church in our country. Liberal pundits and special interest groups increasingly portray the church as old-fashioned in its views on female ordination…

Bishop Kettler, 600+ parishioners celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 20, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Sounds of maracas and bells echoed through St. John’s Abbey Church as traditional Matachines dancers, wearing feathered headpieces and images of Our Lady of Guadalupe, marched down the aisle at the beginning of the Dec. 15 Mass. Facing the assembly of more than 600 Hispanics and Anglos from…

Immigration and the next America

Learning our nation’s full history could lead to recommitting ourselves to its founding ideals Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Jason Adkins The story of America is the story of immigration. That is the message of Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez’s important and timely book titled, “Immigration and the Next America” (Our Sunday Visitor). In it, Archbishop…

Lessons from last effort to fix immigration problems

Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service The last time Congress attempted a full-blown fix of immigration law in 1986, the major accomplishments were that a few million people won legal status and some employment verification systems were created, but the legislation proved inadequate to repair systemic problems, according to panelists at…