On Interfaith Voices I interviewed the CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute about their latest polling on the so-called “contraception mandate.”
The public scolding Cardinal Gerhard Müller delivered in April to LCWR really disturbed many Catholics. It was so obviously out of sync with Pope Francis’ call for dialogue, discernment and respect when discussing faith matters.
NCR Today: Boston parishioners hold round-the-clock vigil at closing parish; network emerges to save Catholic schools in Philadelphia; Presbyterian Church votes to divest from Israel.
If you're a Catholic who disagrees with something your church teaches, you're invited by the hierarchy to examine what's wrong with you.
Either it's assumed you failed to grasp the teaching partly or mostly because the teacher did a poor job getting it across. Or you had been sold a bill of goods by popular culture that rejected what the church had to say on various moral subjects.
I can't believe that President Barack Obama is sending in 300 military "advisers" into Iraq. What is he thinking?
There is a group of politicians in Washington that has adopted and adhered to a set of priorities and policies that I believe have been damaging to our country and our social conscience.
NCR Today: "We believe the recent criticism of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) has been unjust," the letter reads.
If anyone tries to tell you that “interfaith relations” or “interfaith understanding” is nice, sweet, gentle and pious … but not really important … just point them to the violence currently consuming Iraq. Improved interfaith relations are absolutely necessary to stop the violence in that country. This is the stuff of peacemaking in today’s world.
NCR Today: Hawaii extends statute of limitations; Working document for family synod to come Thursday; US bishops and non-discrimination.
"Because we do not know how the executive order ... will provide sufficient (or any) religious freedom protection, we cannot provide substantive comment."