Strive for civility: We are close to restoring the comment feature to our website, so I thought readers would appreciate an update on what we've been thinking and working on.
Level headed church people have signed on to the Congressional Farm Bill and I'm sorely pressed to applaud politely. I'd been among those who has championed compromise in the face of a polarized House and Senate. "Let us come and reason together" and all that.
But now I balk because of that $8 billion cut in food stamps deemed necessary to win the "good stuff" like ending direct payments to farmers to do nothing. To me, it's not an equivalency: food stamps are a matter of core humanity while payments are a by-product of messy strategy.
Peace activists on the East and West coasts were on trial this week for their opposition to the U.S. drone program, reports blogger David Swanson over at warisacrime.org.
NCR Today: How about NOT firing a pregnant, unwed teacher? Gay marriage in Scotland; St. Samurai.
I am a pretty unlikely candidate to be defending Pope Benedict XVI, but I do feel some of the recent criticism he has received has not been justified and is perhaps misguided.
Veteran journalist John L. Allen Jr., in his last column for the National Catholic Reporter, spoke on a number of issues, but one was the recent Rolling Stone cover story on Pope Francis and the criticism it directed toward Pope Benedict.
Beginning in 2005, after decades of civil war in South Sudan, bishops of that country invited international religious communities to consider serving in South Sudan. Since that point, members of men’s and women’s congregations have been committed to a presence to support the church through the collaborative project, Solidarity with South Sudan, which prepares and supports people to respond to the immense needs there in health care, agriculture, education and parish ministry.
Review: "The Monuments Men" is at once simple and complex and about so much more than the greatest treasure hunt in history.
NCR Today: Legion of Christ gets new leadership; more on the UN report on Vatican response to sex abuse; Catholic school fires pregnant teacher.
NCR Today: A private funeral Mass is scheduled Friday for Philip Seymour Hoffman at a Jesuit church in Manhattan, N.Y., according to news reports.
Pope Francis is considering a visit to South Korea this summer, and the activists of Korea’s Jeju Island are appealing for a solidarity appearance.
With news of Francis’ possible trip to South Korea, the activist website, Save Jeju Now, is urging people to send letters to the pope, asking him not only to visit Jeju Island, but also to preside over their daily Mass at the construction site of a future naval base. A sample letter to Francis states,