NCR Today: What the heck is happening in Iraq?; bishops' meeting in NOLA; Wisconsin Bishop Ricken on same-sex marriage; parish closings in Greensburg, Pa.
There continues to be limited movement on the issue of mandatory celibacy. The New York Times is reporting that Catholic and Orthodox officials have requested that the Vatican grant them the authority to ordain married men to the priesthood.
NCR Today: Francis, the football fan; The man who took down Cantor; Immigration Reform -- now?
Editor's note: I may have been too hasty to report on a statement from the St. Louis archdiocese this morning.
Here's a link to recent interview on ABC show, Sunday Nights with John Cleary. I'm a somewhat regular guest on the show. This week's conversation was with Noel Debien, who was sitting in for John Cleary.
The story of the ongoing excommunication of members of Call to Action in the Lincoln, Neb., diocese was told recently in Rachel Pokora's new book, Crisis of Catholic Authority. But the story would not be complete without highlighting the insistent "no" to that excommunication from university James McShane. No one was more deeply hurt by Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz's action in 1996, and no one did more to fight it, those who knew the man agreed. McShane did not live to see the resolution he so wanted.
In October, the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles launched "Anne: A Premier Experiential Exhibit" to commemorate the life of Anne Frank, who would have turned 85 on Thursday, for a 10-year stay. I had the opportunity to visit the exhibit Sunday as a kind of introduction to a performance of "About Anne: A Diary in Dance" by the Helios Dance Theater company. A second performance will take place Thursday.
I had a right hip replacement five weeks ago and got a new left hip back in January. I've been enjoying recovery. Really, it is quite amazing. All that old pain is gone, and slowly, the injured and insulted muscles regain their strength. I let go of the cane, climb stairs normally, walk around the block, but still stand up from my desk slowly because I've been sitting too long and forgot to move. Experiencing this healing process from the inside out astounds me.
"Inaccurate and misleading reporting has impugned Archbishop Carlson’s good name and reputation," a statement from the archdiocese says.
NCR Today: Pope Francis back at work (condemns 'merchants of death); US bishops meeting today; Alternative Catholic churches bother Roman Catholic dioceses in Oregon and Arizona.