Is the Francis Era Ending the Catholic Bishops’ Cozy Ties to the GOP?

The severing of a relationship with a man who accused the pope of fostering “darkness” in the church prompted the USCCB to take the extraordinary step of issuing a statement confirming that the U.S. bishops “always stand in strong unity with and loyalty to the Holy Father, Pope Francis.” | More at: Is the Francis Era Ending the Catholic Bishops’ Cozy Ties to the GOP? | Religion Dispatches

The Feast of St. Thérèse of Lisieux

On this feast day of my favorite saint (sorry Ignatius!) a reflection from My Life with the Saints, on Thérèse Martin.

On January 2, 1873, Marie Francoise Thérèse Martin is born in Alençon, France, to Louis and Zélie Martin, two devout Catholic parents.  Louis, a watchmaker, had earlier in his life presented himself to a monastery but was refused permission, because of his lack of knowledge of Latin.  Zélie was similarly rejected by a local order of nuns called the Sisters of the Hôtel Dieu; she becomes, instead, a lacemaker.  But the couple’s intense love for Catholicism and for religious life will be passed on to their children.When Thérèse is four her mother dies.
Shortly afterwards,[ . . . ]

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