NCR Today: The core mission of the Catholic church is to go outside of itself, to make neighbors, and to always be at the service of the poor.
NCR Today: Pittsuburgh and Dublin report family synod survey results; The world's biggest Catholic parish is in Dubai -- who knew?
Can Pope Francis restore his church’s shattered credibility? Tend the wounds of millions of Catholics, pillared by decades of clerical sex abuse and cover-up? Can he bury a church authority structure modeled after kings and their courts?
Montana Catholics delivered a petition to chancery in Helena, Mont., this afternoon hoping to persuade Bishop George Thomas to reinstate Shaele Evenson, the Catholic school teacher in Butte, Mont., who lost her job when the superintendent of schools learned she was unmarried and pregnant.
Unfortunately, Bishop TK couldn’t receive their petition because he was out of town. It may not matter anyway, according to the diocesan spokesman Dan Bartleson.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hegel has put forward a new Pentagon budget totaling $496 billion for the 2015 fiscal year.
NCR Today: The long, sad record of the mishandling of sexual abuse cases in the Catholic church speak for themselves.
It is often difficult to accept the reality that certain long held beliefs may no longer be true. An important article in The New Yorker challenges some traditional beliefs about social mobility in the United States.
NCR Today: Francis must act faster on abuse issue; vetoed Arizona bill could have been misrepresented; Catholic church taking small steps in the roles of women
Noel Debien, with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Religion and Ethics Report, on the appointment of Cardinal George Pell to head up the newly created Secretariat for the Economy at the Vatican. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-25/pell-inherits-power-and-challenges-in-new-vatican-role/5283628
The appointment of 72-year-old Cardinal Pell to oversee and overhaul church finances may yet prove a master-stroke in Pope Francis's program of church reform.
NCR Today: What can church leadership do regarding the ban on contraception? 79 percent of Catholics worldwide reject the church's position.