By Maike Hickson, OnePeterFive - Today, DER SPIEGEL, a very influential German publication, published an article about the manifest current crisis in the Church, to include a growing resistance to Pope Francis’ proposed and actual reforms. At the end of this article its author, the Spiegel’s Correspondent in Italy, Walter Mayr, reveals an important new leak: In a very small circle, Pope Francis is said to have self-critically further explained himself as follows: “It is not to be excluded that I will enter history as the one who split the Catholic Church.”
By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture - Our readers frequently seek to identify good religious communities, especially if their children are considering a vocation to religious life. This puts me in mind of the Franciscan community of men founded by Mother Angelica in 1998, The Knights of the Holy Eucharist… The Franciscans as a whole were founded by St. Francis of Assisi in the thirteenth century and, with the Dominicans, were one of the two new “mendicant” orders which changed the typical forms of religious life at that time. These “friars”, as they were called, were both active and contemplative.