NCR Today: The fallout from Francis' visit to U.S.; Synod on the family starts Sunday; Junipero Serra statue defaced; what to do with sinners in prisons; pope wants to visit China
NCR Today: Equally Blessed pilgrims journeyed to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families -- bravely bearing witness to a vision of church in which all are welcome.
At the time Jorge Bergoglio became Pope Francis, the Catholic church was in a predicament similar to the one Volkswagen now finds itself in. Child abuse scandal,money schemes, investigations of nuns and internal Curia battles had robbed the church's "brand" of its promotional value. The putative CEO, the solemn Benedict XVI, quit the papacy and much lay in shambles. Volkswagen's reputation was falling into a comparable low estate for a similar exposure of deception and coverup.
Synod on the Family: Continue to watch NCR for coverage as we countdown to the start of the second Synod of Bishops on the family, starting Oct. 4.
5 minutes with Francis: A change may not only reduce poverty but allow many to receive Communion who are now prohibited from doing so by their conscience.
NCR Today: In the course of the pope's whirlwind tour of three gritty American cities, social justice activists have heard much that encourages them.
NCR Today: Pope Francis came to the United States not only to challenge us on public policy issues, but also to break bread in the Eucharist with the Catholic community.
NCR Today: Francis needs to meet with feminist theologians who can explain to him the realities of women in this world and this church.
5 minutes with Francis: The church can't bury her head in the sand and expect us to follow blindly.
I wasn’t on the ground in Washington D.C., New York or Philadelphia during Pope Francis’ trip to the United States. Instead I assigned myself a much harder task: to consume and review the media coverage of the papal visit.
I read articles, watched television, monitored Twitter and even listened to conservative talk radio. That last one was pretty painful.