As St. Pancras Church in Glendale, New York, welcomed a large congregation for the Feb.
Here's a rundown of the most-read stories on NCRonline.org for the month of January. The list is compiled with the help of Google Analytics. Miss any of these stories? Now's the time to get caught up.
5. "New cardinals to be appointed may include next pope" by Thomas Reese, posted Jan. 6. In this analysis, Reese explored what Pope Francis might be looking for in new cardinals. Less than a week later, Francis announced his picks for the red hats. (See No. 3.)
I recently wrote a blog that included data on gun violence.
I guess it is a sign of the times that the blog was hopelessly out of date by the time it appeared on NCR Today. The terrible shooting at the mall in Columbia, Md., occurred just after I had submitted my blog to NCR. Columbia is a suburb of both the Baltimore and the Washington, D.C., area. I mentioned in my blog that malls were one venue where shootings have been occurring.
NCR Today: Whatever caused John Dear and the Jesuits to part ways, I find the idea of the order as having "renounced Fr. Arrupe's groundbreaking vision of justice" preposterous.
NCR Today: Private 'Philomena' screening for Francis?; Catholic adoption agency's preference for married, Catholic couples OK'd; who will lead Chicago archdiocese?
Today in History: Feb. 1, 1960 (H/T to the peace history blog at peacebutton.info.)
Four black college students sat down at the Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, and were refused service because of their race. To protest the segregation of the eating facilities, they remained and sat-in at the lunch counter until the store closed.
In a blistering rebuttal of Chicago Cardinal Francis George's response to the release of the files on priest abusers, Fr. Tom Doyle analyzes in painful detail what the cardinal wrote in his Jan. 12 column in the Chicago New World. Doyle finds the cardinal "defensive, misleading and insulting in addition to the fact that it does not reflect the reality of the key issues." He takes particular aim at the cardinal's discussion of the case of Dan McCormack and his denial that he acted contrary to the findings of his own review board.
You might say Pope Francis passed up a golden dome opportunity to drive home his recent lessons on economic injustice during his courtesy call with Notre Dame's board of trustees.
In typical feel good fashion, however he stoked the fires of mutual admiration, praising the university for its good works and pressing its caretakers to promote the church's sexual ethics, the ones he recently said were getting too much attention.
This blog is a bit belated, but I was truly distressed to hear that the Jesuits dismissed another one of their prophets: John Dear. I met John Dear only a couple times, mostly at Call to Action conferences. He was always warm and funny and utterly dedicated to justice and peace.
NCR Today: "What now amounts to a virtual blackout on anything but football on Sunday afternoons means the end of that tiny culture ghetto."