House Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, a Catholic, has recently discovered poverty and has vowed to do something about it. He reintroduced a couple of modest ideas that might help the poor. Some progressive Catholics did their best to applaud Ryan's nascent initiatives. Others just rolled our eyes at the hollowness and political expediency of Ryan's actions.
The International Theological Commission is composed of theologians from all over the world who advise the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. A new group of theologians has been appointed to the commission, including five women.
The National Public Radio report this morning on Jozef Wesolowski, the former nuncio to the Dominican Republic accused of sexual abuse of minors and recently laicized and who is now under house arrest in Vatican City, draws on the expertise of NCR Vatican Correspondent Joshua McElweee. Have a listen: Vatican Arrests Former Archbishop On Child Abuse Charges,
NCR Today: The Vatican's busy: appointments to theological commission, the arrest of an ex-archbishop, a meeting with a schismatic. Parish life proves unfriendly to gay couples.
I normally do not reply to attacks in the media, but Sandro Magister is a respected Italian conservative with very good sources in the Vatican, so I want to correct a reference he made to me.
In his column "The Betting is Open on the Next Synod," he wrote:
The fact that the "reactionaries" Caffarra, Scola, and Aguilar have been invited to take part in the synod by Francis himself has significantly chilled the enthusiasm for the current pope.
The mediation between the Milwaukee archdiocese and its creditors, most of them survivors of sexual abuse, ended Tuesday without a resolution.
The bankruptcy proceedings were placed on hold pending a decision by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals related to nearly $60 million that was transferred to a trust fund shortly before the bankruptcy action was filed nearly four years ago.
A sexual abuse lawsuit filed against the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese will hear opening arguments in front of a jury Monday, the first of its kind to go to trial in the area.
I'm back from my 55th anniversary of graduation from high school. I thought about being coy and just telling you I'd been to a class reunion -- but there didn't seem a point to keeping my age, 72, hidden. I'm sure a desultory search would find it. Further, I'd guess most of my reflections about revisiting high school are not news. I'd forgotten almost everyone. I had a few shivers of memory of being on the outside, out of step, longing to belong. I thought most of us looked pretty good; a few, not so much.
NCR Today: Check out Francis, the Comic Strip; People's Climate March floods N.Y. streets; defending Christians in the Middle East; protests in Sri Lanka, Hong Kong
Imagine this: Good news out of the Middle East. Young Muslims have begun a Twitter campaign, #NotInMyName, to denounce the Islamic State militant group. They say the group does not represent Islam. They say they are embarrassed by those who create any linkage between the Islamic State and Islam.
In fact, the Islamic State is the latest perverted manifestation of mental illness wrapped in the name of religion.