NCR Today: Should we be encouraged or discouraged by the synod? Two recent articles in the National Catholic Reporter reflect dramatically different answers to this question.
NCR Today: Life after coal; Pope’s synodal church concept must be put into practice; Peoria parish plans $5 million expansion; New federal rule to ban smoking in public housing nationwide
NCR Today: Pope Francis has called for development of the role of lay people in the Catholic church, saying they cannot be considered “‘second class’ members” after priests and religious.
One of the most well-remembered talks here at Judson Memorial Church in New York happened one night when our now-deceased minister emeritus, Howard Moody, advised us that we were going to be disappointed in Barack Obama as president. At the time, it had just become clear that Hillary Clinton was not going to be president and that Obama might be.
That was eight years ago. Moody quietly laid out the obstacles facing Obama the president, including the grotesque racism that has followed him. He warned us to be careful in the size of our hopes.
Reader's Retrospective: College roommates Joan Nugent and Margaret Fogarty graduated together but chose different paths: Margaret entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet while Joan married and had children.
NCR Today: "The church’s outer form can be changed," Cardinal Reinhard Marx said. "For some people that sounds ominous but I don’t feel in any way threatened by that."
Last night during the fourth Republican presidential debate, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, stated that income inequality “seems to be worst in cities run by Democrats."
The Field Hospital: Another church in Philly closes; St. Ann Church in Arlington, Va. unknowingly hosted a homeless man for three years; Diocese of Portland experiences influx of immigrant newcomers
NCR Today: Francis in Florence; NCR looking for the best CCD teachers in America; What's happening after coal; Pope Francis the rap star?
Believe me, I never thought I'd find myself writing about what a coffee cup can teach us about Catholicism. However, the annual Starbucks red cup has been generating a trenta-sized dose of controversy.