A Swiss religion magazine is circulating a petition for Pope Francis to appoint women as cardinals and has attracted signatures of a number of European theologians and women religious.
NCR Today: Catholics continue to push immigration reform; Pius X bishop blasts Pope Francis; German Catholics like being church; and more.
Review: "Trailblazers in Habits" is filled with wonderful footage, photos and interviews about the Maryknoll missionaries and their work.
It is no secret that I think Pope Francis is challenging clergy to step up their game. It's also no secret I have pretty high expectations of anyone who gets the honor of wearing a Roman collar. Just ask any of the priests I know. Which is why, when I hear what I did Tuesday night about a priest being super awesome, I want to do the happy dance.
Pope Francis addressed the 150 participants at a women's seminar celebrating the 25th anniversary of Mulieris Dignitatem. Discussion boards and commentaries lit up, trying to analyze the deeper meaning of his words. But we are missing the core piece of this news story. What did the women say?
NCR Today: Cardinal Turkson plays devil's advocate with GMOs; a New York archdiocese fundraiser gets the Colbert bump; and just how rich is the church in Germany?
The Peace Research Institute Oslo and the Igarapé Institute have mapped the sale of small arms in 3-D. The map is an astonishing fireworks of trade around the world: Lines emerge from one spot of the globe and land, as you slow down the spinning motion, in another hemisphere or right in the country next door.
The data covers 1992 through 2011. It used 37 different records of imports and exports among 260 states and territories.
NCR Today: Pope meets Palestinian president, the U.S. government reopens, and the latest from Roy Bourgeois.
Pope Francis seems to be walking a tightrope whenever the subject of women is discussed. He wants and needs women to be deeply involved in every aspect of church life. But right now, he can only go so far. In his recent talk following a three-day conference marking the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem, Francis declared that the role of women in the church easily slips "from service to servitude" -- that is, slavery.
On Sunday, I gave a talk to a Jewish congregation in Bethesda, Md. My remarks were mainly focused on interfaith relations, why they are important and where they are heading in the 21st century.