Hispanic Catholic population is growing

Here’s how the Church is learning to respond

By Mary Rezac
Catholic News Agency/EWTN

DENVER – In 2015, the average American Catholic was a middle-aged white woman married to a Catholic spouse, according to sociologists researching Catholic demographics.

But, in a few years’ time, changing demographics mean that the average American Catholic is likely to be younger, less likely to be married, and will probably be more devoted to Our Lady of Guadalupe than to Our Lady of Lourdes, Saint Patrick of Ireland or Saint Bridget of Sweden.


Making Sense of Bioethics: Cowboys, infertility and deeper moral questions

By Fr. Tad Pacholczyk
Most people still remember the story of Nadya Suleman, dubbed “Octomom,” a single woman who used in vitro fertilization to become pregnant with eight babies simultaneously. Suleman had asked her fertility specialist, Dr. Michael Kamrava, to implant at least a dozen embryos into her uterus, leading to the birth of the famous octuplets in 2009.

Dr. Kamrava’s medical license was later revoked by the California Medical Board. In commenting on the case, Judith Alvarado, deputy attorney general in California, concluded that Dr. Kamrava had acted “like a cowboy” in ignoring fertility industry guidelines.


Sherlock Holmes and the Paschal Mystery Part II:

Part II: The postmortem celebration

By Pedro A. Moreno, O.P.
Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis

I would like to have these fictional characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson go through the RCIA process and baptize them at the next Easter Vigil! Sherlock’s gift to not only see but to observe, analyze and conclude would make him a great neophyte to the faith.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's characters are filled with knowledge and insights in many fields, but Sherlock needs to meet Jesus. Once again, I take these fictional characters back in time to the early years of the church in Jerusalem …


A Millennial Journey in Faith: Why does God allow suffering?

By Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick
For the Sooner Catholic

In mourning, we sat together around my parent’s kitchen table. We didn’t exchange many words – what was there to say? We sat, occasionally discussing logistics or receiving visitors who brought comfort in the form of warm dishes. I sought input on my grandfather’s obituary, which I was charged with writing. We took turns sitting with my grandmother.

Platitudes and words of comfort were not exchanged, for what was there to say? Death is not the end, but this life would be forever changed. No, the most comfort given during this time of mourning was not words, but presence.


Book Review: Making faith come alive

By J. E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic

Sherry Weddell has followed up on her highly successful first book, “Forming Intentional Disciples,” with “Fruitful Discipleship.” This second book picks up where the first one finished and offers a plan for every baptized person to be, as the book’s subtitle puts it, “Living the Mission of Jesus in the Church and in the World.”

Weddell starts in Ch. 1 by declaring that “The greatest riches of the Church are not art and architecture” or philosophers or institutions, but the “1.272 billion immortal and potential fruit-bearers who are called Catholics.”


Date set for final approval of canonization of Blesseds Paul VI, Romero

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican announced that final approval would be given May 19 for the canonizations of Blesseds Paul VI, Archbishop Oscar Romero and four others.

Pope Francis already cleared the way for their canonizations earlier this year with the publication of decrees recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of each one of the blesseds.


Catholic Home Missions Collection to be held April 28-29; Grants Support Essential Pastoral Programs

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) annual Catholic Home Missions Appeal will be held in parishes across the country over the weekend of April 28-29.  The Catholic Home Missions (CHM) grants assist dioceses and eparchies that would otherwise struggle due to difficult geography, impoverished populations, and limited resources. CHM funding supports essential pastoral programs, including religious education and youth ministry, priestly and religious formation, prison ministry, and lay ministry training.


Oklahoma Catholic, Jewish leaders honor victims of Holocaust

By Sally Linhart
The Sooner Catholic

To honor and remember those killed during the Holocaust, the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City hosted Father Patrick Desbois, founder of the global humanitarian organization Yahad-In Unum, at an event on April 8 at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School. Desbois, a French Catholic priest and consultant to the Vatican on relations with Judaism, presented his program “The Hidden Holocaust.” April 12 was Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Following a few opening words by Archbishop Coakley, the presentation commenced with a somber candle-lighting ceremony.


Catholic Charities responds to fires in western Oklahoma

In response to the numerous wildfires that have ignited in western Oklahoma, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is teaming up with other nonprofit agencies and churches to assist those who have been affected. According to the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, 52 Oklahoma counties are in a declared state of emergency due to ongoing wildfires and critical fire weather conditions.


Blessed Stanley Rother Hispanic Cultural Institute celebrates 10 years

By Debi Wagner
The Sooner Catholic

On April 17, the Blessed Stanley Rother Hispanic Cultural Institute celebrated 10 years of education and ministry. Based on the belief that you cannot love what you do not know, the institute’s goal is to help clergy and lay people better understand the Spanish language and Hispanic culture.

María de Jesús Ruiz co-founded the institute with her late husband Ignacio M. Ruiz Sr., Deacon Angelo and Annie Lombardo, and Luis Cortest. The concept was developed through much prayer and contemplation as well as studying messages from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.