Back in May, John L. Allen Jr. reported on a former Vatican Radio employee who had become one of the most prominent voices of doom opposed to Pope Francis's encyclical on the environment.
Sometime in the 1970s, people began to reject the term “illegals” used to describe farmworkers who entered the United States illegally. No person is illegal, they said. Ten years later, people living with HIV decried being described as “AIDS victims.” We are not victims,” they said. “We are PLAs -- people living with AIDS.”
“Our time has come! Our time has come!” This is a cry often heard among Latinos to note the significant rise of Latino political influence in the country. More Latinos are voting and both major parties are falling over themselves to get the “Latino vote.”
Luckily, one of gardening tasks I thoroughly enjoy is digging. I’m on a mission to rid our yard of trumpet vine, a pretty flower that attracts hummingbirds -- which is why it was allowed to establish itself -- but with an invidious root system that runs like underground pipes, sending up shoots alongside ours and our neighbor’s garages for 20 feet. And then there are the seedlings that were mowed down for years but sent their roots underneath the peonies and into the garden beds.
NCR Today: Francis tells priests to leave the "whip" behind; churches set to close in Philadelphia archdiocese; Vietnamese nuns struggle to protect religious site.
To be most effective, the tribunal to judge bishops on “abuse of office,” which the Vatican announced last week, must have the authority to review historical cases, says the chairman of the board that advises the Catholic Bishop of England and Wales on child protection measures.
NCR Today: St. Paul-Minneapolis looks for leadership change; is 'Game of Thrones' anti-Catholic?; anticipating the environmental encyclical.
Pope Francis' highly anticipated encyclical letter on ecological issues will state that global climate change is "mainly" due to human activity, a person familiar with the document has said.
The encyclical, to be released Thursday, will reportedly say that while there are both natural and human causes to climate change "great natural forces are not under our control; human causes are."
America goes to pieces when the gross national product merely stubs its toe. Growth is success, success is our national creed, our creed shuns losers and exalts winners. Bigger and better confirms that creed. By no surprise, religious institutions have absorbed this standard and suffer mightily when they stop growing and, even worse, stumble downward.
The Rev. Joseph A. Komonchak of The Catholic University of America was honored by fellow theologians with the John Courtney Murray Award, the highest honor from the organization, June 13 at the CTSA convention in Milwaukee.