It is often difficult to accept the reality that certain long held beliefs may no longer be true. An important article in The New Yorker challenges some traditional beliefs about social mobility in the United States.
NCR Today: Francis must act faster on abuse issue; vetoed Arizona bill could have been misrepresented; Catholic church taking small steps in the roles of women
Noel Debien, with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Religion and Ethics Report, on the appointment of Cardinal George Pell to head up the newly created Secretariat for the Economy at the Vatican. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-25/pell-inherits-power-and-challenges-in-new-vatican-role/5283628
The appointment of 72-year-old Cardinal Pell to oversee and overhaul church finances may yet prove a master-stroke in Pope Francis's program of church reform.
NCR Today: What can church leadership do regarding the ban on contraception? 79 percent of Catholics worldwide reject the church's position.
In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Feb. 26, the state of Missouri executed Michael A. Taylor via lethal injection. Taylor was previously convicted of the abduction, rape and killing of Ann Harrison, 15, in 1989. He pled guilty and was sentenced to death.
The Supreme Court has declared that life sentences for perpetrators under the age of 18 are unconstitutional. So states have been developing new sentencing laws. The Missouri legislature has a bill in the Senate, SB 790, that proposes minimum 50-year sentences for 16 and 17-year-olds who are convicted of crimes such as first-degree murder and minimum 25-year sentences for defendants under the age of 16.
NCR Today: Missouri ignores drug controversy and executes inmate; Montana Catholics rally behind fired teacher; Handicapping Pell's replacement.
PBS’ award winning news and documentary program, “Frontline,” is to air tonight (Feb. 25) “Secrets of the Vatican,” from British director Antony Thomas and co-producer Jason Berry, a name that should be well-known to NCR readers.
Most PBS stations will broadcast the show Tuesday, February 25, at 9 p.m. eastern time, but check your local TV listings to get the correct time.
With the addition of a batch of cardinals from a wider variety of regions, the top leadership of Catholicism has greater ethnic and geographical diversity than ever before. It's commonly assumed that this is the prelude to more authentic global participation in church policy and that the new batch will bring the concerns of the grass roots more directly to the seat of power. Pope Francis is believed to want this to happen.
I got a call from a man in prison last week. He’s one of several I’ve known for years and have come to like and respect. This man, I’ll call him Joe, wanted to talk out a problem. His father had just been transferred to the geriatric ward of Joe’s prison.