The rush is on to get your special requests to Bishop Blase Cupich before he gets entangled in those notorious Chicago pizza contests. From the fanfare that's greeted his impending arrival from Spokane, Wash., a charming cultural hybrid with relative serenity, appointment of the brainy bishop to that bustling town has already scored a major accomplish.
Former Sen. George Mitchell is universally acknowledged for his tenacity and commitment in seeking solutions to some of the world's most intractable conflicts. His signature achievement was the 1998 Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland.
As I write this, workers outside my window are preparing to hang a banner on the fading brick wall of our building here in midtown Kansas City, Mo. The sign will herald for all who drive down Armour Boulevard the fact that NCR has been in publication for 50 years.
NCR Today: New Chicago archbishop; Climate change march before UN summit; Chinese destroy churches; Vatican commission to study marriage and annulments.
The appointment of Bishop Blase Cupich, a prelate closely identified with the Catholic Church’s progressive wing, to succeed Cardinal Francis George could upend decades of conservative dominance of the American hierarchy.
Cupich, 65, will succeed Cardinal Francis George, a doctrinal and cultural conservative who has headed one of the American church’s pre-eminent dioceses since 1997. In that time he became a vocal leader among the bishops and earned a reputation as a feisty culture warrior in line with the Vatican of the late St. John Paul II and retired Pope Benedict XVI.
NCR Today: Pope Francis has created a new Vatican commission to study a reform of the Catholic church's processes and laws surrounding the sacrament of marriage.
Chicago -- Archdiocese calls morning press conference for Saturday. Could be announcement about new archbishop (but that isn't confirmed).
NCR Today: We all know the film industry is first and foremost a business. But I've been wondering about the spiritual implications of these business decisions.