NCR Today: LCWR mandate ends; San Francisco Catholics unhappy with archbishop; Notre Dame faces sex harrassment investigation; Ban Ki-moon heads to Vatican
Pope Francis is considering making a stop in Cuba during his upcoming trip to the United States in September, but nothing has been confirmed, the Vatican announced Friday.
Francis -- who was credited by both the U.S. and Cuba in December for helping facilitate the landmark beginning of normalization of relations between the two countries -- "has taken into consideration the idea" of visiting the island nation, the Vatican said.
A superhero who fights the “evils of gentrification.” That’s how the New Republic describes the new Netflix series “Daredevil,” which is loosely modeled on a long-running Marvel Comics series by the same name.
Jeet Heer, of the New Republic, writes:
And suddenly, it's over! The Vatican investigation of the LCWR came to a "curt and unexpected" end today, reports NCR's Vatican correspondent Joshua McElwee. "LCWR president Immaculate Heart of Mary Sr. Sharon Holland said in a statement that the oversight process brought the sisters and the Vatican to “deeper understandings of one another’s experiences, roles, responsibilities, and hopes for the Church and the people it serves.”
Readers of the popular Jesuit magazine America may have noticed that its publisher, America Press, is undergoing a rebranding.
"People are reading print publications less and less, particularly young millennials," said Jesuit Fr. Jeremy Zipple, executive editor of America Films, a significant part of the newly established cross-platform entity America Media.
NCR Today: EWTN opens branch in California; copper mines in Zambia; Irish bishops threaten to pull out of marriage business; dealing with Iran.
Sara Love in a Baltimore Sun piece makes the point that it is, in fact, legal for religious schools to discriminate based on their religious beliefs. She cites the expulsion of a gay student and a girl who had said that she might be a lesbian. Additionally, a teacher was fired for marrying her partner, a woman.
Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has been very generous with his words. There have been addresses, homilies, conversations, phone calls, interviews and writings, including an apostolic exhortation on "The Joy of the Gospel" (Evangelii Gaudium). Still, the pope has been silent or very reticent on certain questions.
As April 15 approaches, Americans are reminded of one of the dirtiest words in the English language: taxes.
The focus of Tax Day is often on the hard-earned dollars we'll kiss goodbye or the eagerly awaited check we'll find in our mailboxes. While the masses either bemoan their losses or cash their government refunds, I want to reframe our view of Tax Day to that of taxpayer pride.
Last week on "Interfaith Voices," we tackled one of the most difficult and explosive topics in interfaith discussions of moral theology these days: whether the terminally ill have the right to seek medication from doctors to end their own lives.