NCR Today: More ordinations in 2015; Obama calls for an end to conversion therapy for LGBT youth; "zone of tolerance" for Rome prostitutes.
Q and A: In January, Bede Bidlack was dismissed from the jury pool in the Boston marathon bombing case because he refused to support the death penalty.
A recent column by American political columnist Robert Reich examines the influence of big money on American non-profits and academia.
This season of the year, when Jews celebrate their movement from slavery to freedom at Passover and Christians celebrate Jesus' journey from death to new life on Easter Sunday, I often scour the news of the world for signs of new Passovers and new Easters in today's world.
I'm writing this blog on March 31, the birthday of Cesar Chavez, the best-known Latino figure in American history. He accomplished what had never before been done: successfully organized farm workers, mostly Latino, Filipino, and African-American.
Here in California, this day is a state holiday for Chavez, though no schools or public offices are closed. In the public schools, teachers are supposed to take some time to discuss with their students the legacy of Chavez, but most do not. So what is that legacy?
NCR Today: Sisters in small-town Kansas; new religious opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership; Jeb Bush's conversion to Catholicism.
A recent interview at Inequality.org explores the question of how Americans view economic inequality and why more aren’t protesting it. The interview, a Q&A, is held between Sam Pizzigati, editor of the Institute for Policy Studies inequality monthly Too Much, and Benjamin Page, a Northwestern University political scientist who co-authored a 2014 report arguing that the U.S. is becoming less and less a democracy.
On Friday, PBS NewsHour profiled the first Muslim American general manager of a major professional baseball team, Farhan Zaidi of the Los Angeles Dodgers. His ascension as the first Muslim American into the most American of sports and cultural institutions, baseball, provides a perfect example of integrating into a new country while remaining proud and living by one's cultural and religious roots and values.
NCR Today: Immigrants renewing parishes from Maine to New Mexico; no peace of Middle East Christians this Easter; matzah in Zambia.
"They are martyrs of today and they are many," Pope Francis said Monday. "We can say that they might be more numerous than the first centuries."