If the church ended gender discrimination and proclaimed the equality of all human beings loud and clear, it would send a message to the world that would reverberate across oceans.
NCR Today: A letter to Francis asks for an official apology for the church's "acts of racial injustice ... that have stained our history from the founding of our country."
His work in the sanctuary movement during the civil wars in Central America during the 1980s makes Claretian Fr. Luis Olivares more than worthy of recognition.
NCR Today: Ben Carson said recently that he does not believe a Muslim should be president. This statement flatly disqualifies Carson himself from that office.
5 minutes with Francis: 'The church cannot continue with a diminishing number of priests.'
Commentary: Ahead of Pope Francis' U.S. visit, Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley asks: What will his message hold for us as citizens?
I am a regular reader of Michael Gerson, whose column in the Washington Post I find to be one of the most thoughtful and thought-provoking from the conservative point of view. He is both politically and religiously conservative (a graduate of Wheaton College, self described as an Evangelical Christian liberal arts institution) so his thoughts on Pope Francis come from outside the tribe. I first heard him discussing Francis last December during the second dialogue presented by the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University. I was moved then by his insights.
NCR Today: Pope in Cuba; Women's ordination conference concludes; Republicans target each other and Supreme Court.
Who were the families that formed Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio's understanding of family life in Argentina? What did these families tell the future pope? What did he learn from them? Those were the research questions with which we dispatched Soli Salgado, NCR Bertelsen intern, to Buenos Aires.
Parishioners at one Jesuit-run parish in a more rough-and-tumble neighborhood here are hoping that Pope Francis might make an unscheduled stop-in Sunday on his way to visit with Cuban President Raul Castro.
Staff at Havana's parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Ignatius of Loyola were mopping the floors of the expansive church in extraordinarily hot and humid weather Friday, just in case the pope does stop by.