The talks at the U.S. Bishops’ retreat

The National Catholic Reporter has provided a link to all the talks the Preacher of the Papal Household Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa gave at the recent retreat he offered for American bishops at the invitation of Pope Francis.

The NCR’s Tom Roberts writes:

Texts of the 11 talks delivered to the U.S. bishops who gathered for a week’s retreat at Mundelein Seminary outside of Chicago show a heavy emphasis on traditional themes, a robust defense of celibacy, a severe criticism of attachment to money and an endorsement of new lay movements as a replacement for declining numbers of clerics.

I hope to set aside some time to read these talks.   Interestingly, I would say most of the Catholics I know personally have a great affection and respect for Fr. Cantalamessa.  He is especially beloved among charismatic Catholics. Continue reading