NCR Today: If you found the official survey on family life presented to Catholics difficult to answer, try the survey prepared by Strong Catholic Families.
Here's a link to a promo for this week's "Super Soul Sunday," Oprah's interview with spiritual luminaries. Latest on her list is Sr. Joan Chittister, member of the Erie Benedictines, author and NCR columnist.
NCR Today: Iowa parish receives $3 million gift; Black History Month programs; three-parent embryos; and what to do with a freed priest-abuser.
Why are Republican presidential candidates suddenly talking about poverty and opportunity in America? NBC News interviews the "intellectual muscle behind" the shift: Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute.
See the interview here.
Providing security for Central America means removing some of the armaments the United States has provided for the war on drugs.
NCR Today: Synod on the family questionnaires; diocesan financial management flaws; 'Surfer Angel' considered for sainthood; new film features Bishop Gumbleton
Addressing the church at the beginning of Lent, Pope Francis called on Christians to "become islands of mercy in the midst of the sea of indifference."
There was a petty war of words last week over a very serious contest of ideas. The trivialities can be laid once more at the feet of President Barack Obama's opponents, who never miss an opportunity to degrade him. First among his detractors was former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani.
In Working Class Perspectives , a project of the Center for Working Class Studies at Youngstown State University, academic Jack Metzgar discusses class bias in sociology and the "professional middle-class blindness to other class cultures that in American social science can so easily turn into a kind of 'there's-only-one-right-way' cultural imperialism."
NCR Today: Ambassador White remembered; Bishop supports health care; A Lenten reflection; Yoga debated; The best kept secret of the Catholic Church.