New Saints in the Church

Benjamin Being Catholic

Sunday, October 17, was a great day of joy for the whole Church, as the Pope “canonized” six people, enrolling them in the list of the saints of the Church. The process of being declared a saint involves a thorough investigation into the life and writings of each person, to determine that he or she truly lived a life of …

Women in church leadership

Benjamin Being Catholic

I have heard many Catholics tell me they are concerned that the Catholic Church is not accepting the gifts of women because it reserves the priesthood to men. I have seen, however, that women have a huge role to play in the Church, and that both religious and lay women exercise a moral leadership that is very great. Pope Benedict …

Holy Pilgrimage!

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

I’m out of the office this week, I tell people.“On vacation?”, they ask.“No, I’ll be on pilgrimage.”“All week?”“Yes. I’m walking from Oshkosh to Holy Hill. It’s a distance of 65 miles.”“What?????? You’re walking???”Yes, I am. The tradition of the pilgrimage is one of the oldest in our faith. Here is some explanation: PilgrimagesThe Israelites were fond of pilgrimages. Their annual …

Keeping the space.

Benjamin Being Catholic

I began my homily this weekend by noticing that something was missing in the chapel. In front of the altar there were an angel, and a shepherd, and a sheep, a cow and a donkey, and a man and woman who seemed to be worshiping a napkin. In the place where the center of the display should have been, there …