NCR Today: A Christian group against poverty and hunger asked U.S. presidential candidates how they would help if elected.
NCR Today: Memoir from Guantanamo; world's mayors meet at Vatican; Catholic circus priests; Newark disputes ban on selling headstones
Robert Mickens' column calling for a new way of choosing bishops is most timely. Although the Code of Canon Law of 1983 (c. 377) says that the pope freely appoints bishops, papal appointment is contrary to the church's centurieslong tradition of the election of bishops by the clergy and people of the diocese.
As a big, well-heeled Presbyterian church nearby has been cutting ties with its mainline Protestant heritage in rebellion against the denomination's full inclusion of gays and lesbians, I find myself declaring that the congregation is "on the wrong side of history." I speak it with puffed-up authority as a conversation stopper, implying that I discern with an eagle eye who's going with the historical flow and who's not.
Not long ago, I went to a talk at MIT where one of the presenters, a computer science professor, offered an amusing anecdote about his 2-year-old daughter, who had begun talking more and more. He was surprised, he said, when after the conventional "Mommy" and "Daddy" and "Yes" and "No" that were his daughter's very first words, the next articulate thought that came out of her mouth was, "Skip ad!"
NCR Today: Why should the Jews, of all minority groups in our culture, be begrudged the emotional space in the public arena to speak of their legitimate fears?
NCR Today: Los Angeles gets three new auxiliary bishops; Pope Francis reminds the world to care about poverty; a drop in income for the German church.
NCR Today: Abuse survivor advocates face defamation charges; the pope on mining; suggestions for Catholic outreach to the LGBT community.
NCR Today: Eid-al-Fitr: Ignatius and Islam; Women's ordination; Applauding the Iran deal; Wal-Mart's buy American campaign