Q and A: The Franciscan Action Network formed an interfaith coalition devoted to undoing the influence of money in politics. FAN's Patrick Carolan explains why.
OK, the working document from the synod on the family was indeed a "pastoral earthquake" for the gay and lesbian community (no mention of transgender folks, as far as I can tell) and for divorced and remarried Catholics. The tone from the Vatican was so positive that I was conjuring up memories of the tone of the church at the time of the Second Vatican Council.
Over at Rolling Stone, Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman writes a long essay titled, "In Defense of Obama." Krugman lists health care, financial reform and the economy as the basis for making the claim that President Barack Obama is a historic success. Krugman points out that Obama still has time and the inclination to do something significant on climate change.
To support both new and existing diaper bank leaders, the National Diaper Bank Network held its Diaper Banks in America Conference in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 9-10.
Analysis: The English-speaking bishops at the synod want a fuller presentation of the theology of marriage, the elimination of confusing passages, and more.
NCR Today: Go Royals! Pope Francis' Machiavellian strategy; dubious corporate sponsors of breast cancer awareness; Mother Teresa for Rhode Island governor?
In all my years covering and writing about religion I've never seen a story more mangled than this week's news about the Synod summary about treatment of homosexuals.
The summary of the torrent of television and print stories might go like this: "In a reversal as profound as any in its long history, the Roman Catholic Church as followed Pope Francis' lead by welcoming homosexuality wholeheartedly into the church, wiping out centuries of condemnation and abuse."
Reaction to the news out of the synod on the family has been charged, to say the least. Yet the news itself is that of a series of shifts.
NCR Today: KC diocese settles abuse case, 11-day court battle ends; family synod synopses; threats keep feminist blogger from Utah appearance; Silicon Valley giants pay for frozen eggs.
Although Saint John Paul II emphasized the dignity of every human being, the church seemed to find little or no way to affirm that dignity. Is the Francis effect finally beginning to bear fruit in this area?