I'm not a football fan, but I was fascinated by recent polling numbers published by the Public Religion Research Institute on religion and football.
Gay Catholic leaders have expressed their pleasure following reports that Pope Francis, in an unprecedented move, met last week with a transgender Spaniard at the Vatican.
While the Vatican has yet to confirm the meeting, it has been widely reported in the press, and there has been no Vatican denial.
On Thursday, the White House announced it would be requesting a “historic” $1 billion to promote equality and democracy in Central America.
Review: "American Sniper" is set up visually like a militarized, mythic Western reduced to good guys vs. bad guys.
In November, NCR reported on the efforts of the Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota Coalition for Responsible Investment to bring the matter of pay disparity and economic inequality straight to America's CEOs.
Like many commentators, I too worry that the church's contraception policy causes great and unnecessary harm nowhere more than in the third world.
Shelly Tochluk, author of Witnessing Whiteness, is a scholar and an academic. She has a doctorate and teaches at Mount St. Mary's University in Los Angeles. But she's one of those academics who found her life's work before she conducted her research and wrote her dissertation. Her book is chock full of footnotes and references to other works on race in America. But primarily, she's a teacher and a storyteller. She struggled hard to understand what it means to be white, and she wants to help other whites. She says it's like a fish learning what water is.
NCR Today: Child labor in Philippines; India investigates "reconversion" of Christians; don't tweet in anger; Francis a headache for Catholic presidential hopefuls.
Review: "Black or White" is a small, independent film that shows that finding ways to get along is no black-and-white issue. It's complicated.
Food stamps feed one in five children in the United States, and the Republicans, led by Catholic Republican Congressman and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, his former presidential running mate, Mitt Romney, and Catholic Republican House Speaker John Boehner want to decimate the food stamps program with immoral and inhumane budget cuts. Time will tell if Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rick Santorum and Marco Rubio support such hard-hearted class warfare policies.