Q and A: In his first extended interview since he took the job, Fr. Robert Oliver talked about the process and what more can be done in the future.
Pope Francis is making a difference in the world of interfaith relations on several fronts. The latest comes from Egypt. According to a report from Catholic News Service, officials at Al-Azhar University in Egypt are ready to restart a Muslim-Catholic dialogue.
I've been in Australia for the past week and a half, speaking to people across the spectrum in Melbourne and Sydney and gathering some impressions about the church here.
Some similarities are striking, both culturally and ecclesiastically, as are some differences. In the latter category, I had an instructive moment when I noticed a tease Monday on the front page of The Sydney Morning Herald. It read: "Institutions told to stand up in culture war."
NCR Today: Scotland makes progress on clergy sex abuse; contraceptive mandate in the news; Sri Lanka and South Korean priests confront governments.
Did you know that one of the greatest Bible scholars, Origen, was from ancient Egypt?
Did you know that a black Haitian Catholic, Toussaint L’Ouverture played a key role in the first successful attempted by a salve population in the Americas and world to win independence from European colonialism?
Rolling Stone magazine has published Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s fine essay about his uncle John's pursuit of disarmament and a U.S. pullback from Vietnam.
Did you know that a black African Catholic, Saint Anthony of Alexandria, is known as the patriarch of monks?
NCR Today: Star Trek trivia; preaching about JFK's assassination; Salt Lake City bishop on "core Catholic values"; Springfield, Ill., residents respond to their bishop's exorcism.
Tax subsidies for corporate interests are so common they are never news. Often the argument is, "if you don't give us the tax break we will go somewhere else." And it usually wins. In one moment in time in Bath, Maine, the fear tactic did not work in its entirety. Largely because of the work of local activists. Great to see a victory for the little guy, that is, us.