Citing financial burdens, the Jesuits are selling Mount Manresa, a 100-year old retreat house, to developers that specialize in townhomes and strip malls.
NCR Today: Montana church bankruptcy; Backlash in Newark; News about National Catholic Sisters Week; Mormon feminists.
NCR Today: It's hard to discern what Pope Francis is really getting at in his comments about homosexuality.
Opponents of the 3,000 square-foot renovation to the archbishop's retirement home hope withholding funds sends a message.
NCR Today: Pope Francis inspires so many around the globe because he acts like a Christian should act. Not a bad starting point for some Catholic leaders to follow.
When I heard about the law proposed in Arizona that would have used “religious freedom” as an excuse to legalize discrimination against LGBT (and potentially others), I was stunned. I applaud Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona for vetoing the bill.
What appalled me most, however, was the fact that the Arizona Catholic Conference supported the bill! In fact, their website is crowded with legislative updates on the work they did to pass the legislation, and their lament that it was vetoed.
Isn't that Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI something?
According to the script a year ago, he was retiring as pope and would live like a hermit out of public view and, more importantly, out of the hair of his successor. Though he'd live within a Payton Manning throw of the papal nerve center, we shouldn't expect to lay eyes on him or to imagine him as a player. Besides, he was presumed to be in the final stages of life and all he wanted was solitude.
On Interfaith Voices every week, we scan the news and upcoming events and ask, “Is there a religion angle to this story?”
When the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia were in the news, for example, we produced a feature on the Russian Orthodox Church and its important political role in Putin’s administration.
This week, it’s the Oscars. And my senior producer for Interfaith Voices, Laura Kwerel, who is Jewish, asked quite innocently, “Have you ever heard of the Legion of Decency?”
The 86th Academy Awards are Sun., March 2; Charity Sr. Rejane Cytacki never misses them, and this year she finds inspiration in three films that are powerful testimonies to the strength of the human spirit.