A blessed New Year!
You may have heard that Pope Francis directed the bishops of the United States to assemble together for a retreat, given by his own official preacher, Father Raniero Cantalamessa.
So, off we go! Our retreat is a week-long, and begins today, at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary outside of Chicago.
Why did the Holy Father mandate this retreat? Well, he realizes that the Catholic Church in the United States is in the thick of a crisis over sexual abuse. (He also wisely acknowledges…