NCR Today: Pope Francis says Mass ad orientem -- shock horror! Catholic sex abuse case before MN Supreme Court; Dominican Republic wants to extradite Polish priest.
The U.S. bishops' conference will follow a "usual process" in soliciting comments from lay Catholics on next year's Vatican synod on the family, a spokeswoman said late Thursday.
Pope Francis will name new cardinals in February, the Vatican press office confirmed Thursday, giving him a chance to begin influencing who will be selected as his successor one day.
I was beginning to feel that the National Security Agency did not think the Vatican was important, worth listening to, or scouring for information. I wondered: How could they listen to Angela Merkel's cellphone but not Pope Francis' phone?
Whew! Now the Vatican can feel included. According to the Italian magazine Panorma, the NSA has indeed been listening in on phone conversations to and from cardinals who were living at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the residence where cardinals lived during the papal conclave and the pope's current home.
NCR Today: Syria meets milestone; parallels between Pope Francis and China Prez Xi Jinping; plus, news from Africa and Australia.
Tip of the hat to Dave Gibson over at Religion News Service. He highlights a speech by Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, a leading conservative in the Republican Party, at the Heritage Foundation. Gibson says Lee maps out "a road to reform for the conservative movement. He focused on economic populism and bread-and-butter issues. One thing noticeably absent: culture war rhetoric."
The pope's recent move to send the German bishop to the woodshed for living like a king has been widely cheered.
Generally speaking, conspicuous consumption is believed to be bad form especially in clerics, a brazen contradiction to everything Jesus stood for. The Lord is something of a class warrior who scorns exploitation of the poor by the rich and repeatedly warns moguls that their money threatens their salvation.. Accordingly, the public censure of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz van Elst raises the age old question of what riches have to do with Christianity.
Almost from the day he joined the Senate, I've kept an eye on Ted Cruz, a particularly pernicious new force in the U.S. body politic. I get Cruz updates through my Google alerts and am seldom less than amazed at his brashness, destructiveness and self-satisfying manners. Today on the New Yorker website, David Denby writes a penetrating profile of the man. You might check it out.
NCR Today: Irish priests question gov't abuse report; Bollywood star receives Mother Teresa justice award; Blair cites Pope Francis on first day in Hartford, Conn.
NCR Today: Blair from Toledo, Ohio, to Hartford, Conn.; married priest group launched in South Africa; Catholic environmentalism in Costa Rica; and much more.