Carson's and Trump's remarks are a vivid illustration of both the unruly beast that the Republican Party has created and the difficulty it will have winning over minority voters.
The journey of 100 miles is nearly complete for the over 100 women walking to Washington, D.C., from the York Detention Center in Pennsylvania. Many come with their own experiences.
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.