Review: Those who know the story of Exodus will be disappointed in Ridley Scott's version, even though the acting is excellent.
NCR Today: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe; Longer jail sentences for pregnant women; Philippines anticipates papal trip; Australian Catholics debate priestly celibacy.
At 6 a.m. Dec. 4, I was in Hardee's, chanting, "Fifteen and a union" and "Come on out. We've got your back." A hundred of us -- mostly young, African-American fast-food workers who were on strike -- filled the store. It was raining outside, and the police took a long time to come. When they arrived, we filed out promptly -- and the rain stopped! It was cold and wet, but we had energy.
Everyone wants a spot on Pope Francis' itinerary when he comes to the United States in September 2015.
After all, he's a global rock star of religion. A new Pew Research Center survey released Thursday shows 78 percent of Americans give the pope a favorable rating.
NCR Today: What to do about torture? Orthodox theologian encouraged by Francis' Turkey visit; O Antiphons for Advent
In 2003, Archbishop Harry Flynn, then the ordinary of the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese and a good friend of mine, wrote a pastoral letter on racism. He writes in the preface:
In the Hebrew Scriptures the prophet Micah gives us a simple but very challenging formula for holiness. He writes,
The most eloquent statement on the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on torture comes from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who on the Senate floor decried the use of torture as having "stained our national honor" and doing "much harm and little practical good." I share the core of his speech here:
The Catholic church is well-known for its opposition to many important "-isms" over the years: It has railed against secularism, materialism, communism, and modernism with vigor and determination. Now it appears Pope Francis has decided to argue against an "-ism" of a different sort.
For more than a year now, Francis has repeatedly returned to the issue of religious fundamentalism and has condemned it, whether Christian, Muslim or Jewish fundamentalism.
NCR Today: O Antiphons for Advent; Global Sisters must-reads; are die-ins the new sit-ins? Plus, bishops call for end to fossil fuels.
Several years ago, I was a senior fellow at Woodstock Theological Center working on questions in science and religion. One day, the program manager appeared at my door and asked if I wanted some boxes of notes that had been taking up space in his office. The notes happened to be those of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and he did not know what to do with them. Woodstock had inherited the notes from Nicole Schmitz-Moorman, whose father, Karl Schmitz-Moorman, inherited the notes after Teilhard's death. Karl bequeathed the notes to his daughter, who, in turn, donated them to Woodstock.