NCR Today: The Vatican's busy: appointments to theological commission, the arrest of an ex-archbishop, a meeting with a schismatic. Parish life proves unfriendly to gay couples.
I normally do not reply to attacks in the media, but Sandro Magister is a respected Italian conservative with very good sources in the Vatican, so I want to correct a reference he made to me.
In his column "The Betting is Open on the Next Synod," he wrote:
The fact that the "reactionaries" Caffarra, Scola, and Aguilar have been invited to take part in the synod by Francis himself has significantly chilled the enthusiasm for the current pope.
The mediation between the Milwaukee archdiocese and its creditors, most of them survivors of sexual abuse, ended Tuesday without a resolution.
The bankruptcy proceedings were placed on hold pending a decision by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals related to nearly $60 million that was transferred to a trust fund shortly before the bankruptcy action was filed nearly four years ago.
A sexual abuse lawsuit filed against the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese will hear opening arguments in front of a jury Monday, the first of its kind to go to trial in the area.
I'm back from my 55th anniversary of graduation from high school. I thought about being coy and just telling you I'd been to a class reunion -- but there didn't seem a point to keeping my age, 72, hidden. I'm sure a desultory search would find it. Further, I'd guess most of my reflections about revisiting high school are not news. I'd forgotten almost everyone. I had a few shivers of memory of being on the outside, out of step, longing to belong. I thought most of us looked pretty good; a few, not so much.
NCR Today: Check out Francis, the Comic Strip; People's Climate March floods N.Y. streets; defending Christians in the Middle East; protests in Sri Lanka, Hong Kong
Imagine this: Good news out of the Middle East. Young Muslims have begun a Twitter campaign, #NotInMyName, to denounce the Islamic State militant group. They say the group does not represent Islam. They say they are embarrassed by those who create any linkage between the Islamic State and Islam.
In fact, the Islamic State is the latest perverted manifestation of mental illness wrapped in the name of religion.
An article by Josephine McKenna points out some contradictions as we gear up for the opening of the Synod of Bishops on the family. A conservative group of cardinals is releasing a new book that challenges Cardinal Walter Kasper's efforts to move the conversation in the direction of change.
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.