catholic church http://wamc.org en 2013: Looking Back At The "Pope Francis Effect" And Other Religion News http://wamc.org/post/2013-looking-back-pope-francis-effect-and-other-religion-news <p></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:39:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 80928 at http://wamc.org 2013: Looking Back At The "Pope Francis Effect" And Other Religion News Meet Albany's First Female Catholic Priest http://wamc.org/post/meet-albanys-first-female-catholic-priest <p>Religious history was made over the weekend in Albany when the city's first "woman priest" was ordained.</p><p>On Sunday, Mary Theresa Streck of Albany was ordained a woman priest in the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. A former Sister of St. Joseph, Streck is an artist and peace activist who is cofounder and director of the Ark Community Charter School in Troy.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 19:38:53 +0000 Dave Lucas 73720 at http://wamc.org Meet Albany's First Female Catholic Priest "Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal" by Michael D'Antonio http://wamc.org/post/mortal-sins-sex-crime-and-era-catholic-scandal-michael-dantonio <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em>Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal</em> by Michael D'Antonio is an explosive, sweeping account of the scandal that has sent the Catholic Church into a tailspin -- and the brave few who fought for justice.</p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 70550 at http://wamc.org "Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal" by Michael D'Antonio Argentine Jorge Bergoglio elected pope http://wamc.org/post/argentine-jorge-bergoglio-elected-pope <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Argentine Cardinal Jorge </span>Bergoglio has been<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> elected pope — first pontiff from the Americas. His papal name will be Francis.</span> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 19:22:29 +0000 Associated Press 59782 at http://wamc.org Argentine Jorge Bergoglio elected pope "Why Priests?" by Garry Wills http://wamc.org/post/why-priests-garry-wills <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just days after the Pope announced his resignation; we will talk about the priesthood with Garry Wills. Bestselling author of </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Papal Sin</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Why I Am a Catholic?</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Wills spent five years as a young man at a Jesuit seminary and nearly became a priest himself.</span></p><p>But after a lifetime of study and reflection, he now poses some challenging questions: Why do we need priests at all? Why did the priesthood arise in a religion that began without it and opposed it? Would Christianity be stronger without the priesthood, as it was at its outset?</p><p>His new book is <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0670024872/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0670024872&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Why Priests?: A Failed Tradition</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0670024872" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>.</p><p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 57905 at http://wamc.org "Why Priests?" by Garry Wills NY Cardinal Dolan: Electing pope all new to him http://wamc.org/post/ny-cardinal-dolan-electing-pope-all-new-him <p>NEW YORK (AP) — New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan says electing a new pope is all new to him since he's still learning what it means to be archbishop.<br><br>At a news conference Monday, Dolan quipped he was "still writing thank-you notes from when I was made a cardinal" last year.</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:04:43 +0000 Associated Press 57569 at http://wamc.org NY Cardinal Dolan: Electing pope all new to him Vatican announces pope's retirement http://wamc.org/post/vatican-announces-popes-retirement <p>VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28 — the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.</p><p>The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals on Monday morning.</p><p>He emphasized that carrying out the duties of being pope — the leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics worldwide — requires "both strength of mind and body."</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:21:20 +0000 Associated Press 57548 at http://wamc.org Vatican announces pope's retirement Chicopee Church to Hold Masses Again http://wamc.org/post/chicopee-church-hold-masses-again <p></p><p>A Roman Catholic church in Chicopee closed by the Springfield Diocese in 2009 is scheduled to start celebrating a weekly Mass again a year after the Vatican determined that local church officials could not sell the building.&nbsp;</p><p>The diocese announced Wednesday that a weekly Mass would be celebrated at St. Patrick starting Dec. 1.</p><p>The diocese stressed that the decision does not mean that St. Patrick would re-open as a distinct parish. St. Patrick remains a subsidiary of Holy Name of Jesus Parish.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 52027 at http://wamc.org