NCR Today: Author says both churches and bars have people looking for community; places where "everybody knows your name."
NCR Today: There is a growing awareness that the career mantra "do what you love" is actually doing more harm than good.
NCR Today: High school students (again) give witness to mercy, tolerance; Forth Worth shuts lay-run retreat center; Bishop Pates on climate change.
In November, I gave a talk about Pope Francis at the Call to Action conference, and every story, every quote I gave about him was greeted with smiles, cheers and laughter. It was something like a papal pep rally.
In a homily on May 8, 2013, Pope Francis exhorted us to build bridges, not walls. He described the exclusionary attitudes when he was growing up. They were not to enter the homes of atheists, socialists or those married outside the church. Such an attitude was a defense of the faith, Francis said, but it was also one of walls. The Lord calls us to make bridges.
NCR Today: Catholic school teacher contracts continue to roil teachers/public; Indiana-made film promoting celibacy for gay Catholics hits New Zealand; Stories about nuns in the news.
Scoffers were out in force when Northwestern University's football team petitioned to form a union. How dare these upstarts kick sand in the faces of their benefactors! And how ridiculous of them to presume they had a claim on the university's corporate enterprise? But the players convinced the court that they did have a case for considering themselves "employees" of the university who raked in tons of money which they may be entitled to more than the subsistence living they were receiving.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has strongly condemned the death sentence against Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, a Sudanese Christian woman accused of apostasy. Ibrahim was sentenced to death by hanging on May 15 after she refused to recant her faith. She also was sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery because although she was raised a Christian, the court considers her a Muslim and therefore not married to her Christian husband.
Stephen Colbert has reluctantly come to the realization: "Francis is a Socialist and God's a Commie."
This might be devastating news for some. If you can endure a commercial, you will be treated to his reasoning.
NCR Today: Vatican rules against Buffalo school; gender complementarianism; China sees religion as threat; the secret execution drug.