It was inevitable, and the time has come. I need to write my first critical blog post on Pope Francis. It turns out that the Vatican guesthouse, Domus Sanctae Marthae, does not appear to be far enough away from the apostolic palace. Francis is unfortunately starting to sound too much like a pope. The powers that be may be getting to him even at his current residence.
When Pope Francis encourages compassion for those judged and excluded by the church, I can't really include myself among those alienated masses. I'm not gay. I'm not a woman. I'm not divorced.
But he speaks to me as a lifelong Catholic estranged from a hierarchy too often in conflict with what seem to me to be basic Christian values.
True, Francis has not changed the policies that perpetuate the discrimination I find so objectionable.
NCR Today: Seminar encourages gays not to act on feelings; Orthodox patriarchs urge peace in Ukraine; what does it mean to be Catholic now?
Editor's note: When I read Michael O'Loughlin story on how the U.S. bishops responded to the Vatican's synod questionnaire, I wasn't too surprised.
Today’s letter, written on March 4, comes from Lasallian Br. Bill Firman, executive director of Solidarity with South Sudan. Furman writes from Juba, South Sudan’s largest city, where BBC Africa reports violence has broken out among the military in the last week.
I'm a regular guest on a show called Sunday Nights with John Cleary, where we talk religion, politics and such. It's a wonderfully civil and conversational format.
The latest installment: http://tunein.com/radio/Sunday-Nights-with-John-Cleary-p144639/
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Loida Nicolas Lewis, a Filipino-born American businesswoman and former NCR Board member, has asked me to share this video song of gratitude to all who have helped restore and build life in the Philippines following Typhoon Yolanda last November.
The four men whose allegations of sexual misconduct against Scotland’s Cardinal Keith O'Brien forced the cardinal’s resignation, say local church authorities are stonewalling an investigation.
There is a brutal war going on in the Central African Republic which gets little notice in the media.