The "Catholic Tipping Point" tour is back. This year, the tour will feature Redemptorist Fr. Tony Flannery, who has questioned church teaching on celibacy, homosexuality, and ordination of women.
Francis will make the trip at the request of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and the Turkish bishops.
The challenge posed by the Islamic State, the violent Islamic movement that has swept across northeastern Syria and western Iraq, should be surmountable.
I sat watching the 11 p.m. news as the Ebola patient from Dallas, Nina Pham, landed at the airport in Frederick, Md. She was on her way to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. Frederick is a little more than an hour from my house. Bethesda is about 20 minutes from where my sister lives in Washington, D.C.
NCR Today: What was the synod really about? Minimum wage or living wage? Some very fine reader recommendations.
Analysis: The synod was a victory for openness and discussion in the church, and the final document is an invitation for everyone to join that discussion.
Speaking to NCR Saturday, U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke confirmed he has been told that Pope Francis will remove him from his post as the chief justice of the Vatican's Supreme Court.
Movie review: The "Star Wars" effects in "Fury" make the film look like a video game, which continues to add to our culture of violence.
Q and A: The Franciscan Action Network formed an interfaith coalition devoted to undoing the influence of money in politics. FAN's Patrick Carolan explains why.
OK, the working document from the synod on the family was indeed a "pastoral earthquake" for the gay and lesbian community (no mention of transgender folks, as far as I can tell) and for divorced and remarried Catholics. The tone from the Vatican was so positive that I was conjuring up memories of the tone of the church at the time of the Second Vatican Council.