If we’ve said it once we’ve said it a thousand times: It’s not nice to tow a sister’s truck while she’s delivering meals to the homeless. That story and others in the mainstream media caught our eye this week.
Thomas F. Schaller has written an intriguing but disturbing opinion piece in The Baltimore Sun.
The piece highlights the growing political divisions throughout the country. Gridlock continues in Washington with little or no indication that a solution exists to bridge this gap in the foreseeable future. At the same time, at the state level, there is growing unity. More and more states are in the hands of a single political party.
NCR Today: Chris Schenk on Vatican Radio; Tom Reese on Newshour; Montana teacher gives birth, files suit against Catholic school.
NCR Today: The pastor removed from his post at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, appealed to the Vatican and lost, has been invited to meet with the bishop in early April.
NCR Today: Francis and Obama have a great deal in common, but beyond their policy alignments, their greatest asset is that they understand the importance of symbols.
Lent is not my favorite time of the liturgical year. I've always been more of an Advent person and never understood some of my fellow Catholics' actual joy during the 40 days preceding Easter. Call me a Lent weakling.
What if Jimmy Carter had sought a career in the church rather than politics? His appearances on prime television shows promoting his book this week, including a memorable, slightly out of character guest shot on Stephen Colbert in which he wanly suggests joining the Catholic church, raises the question.
His political legacy continues to suffer heavy criticism; would a career in religion had a different income? There's good reason to think it would have been.
NCR Today: Philippines signs historic peace pact; Catholic March Madness; Chicago archdiocese settles suit for around $2 million.
I have been predicting smooth sailing for the visit of President Barack Obama to the Vatican, but a story from Vatican Radio makes me more cautious.
The story, which ran Wednesday, is a typical pre-visit piece talking about visits to the Vatican by Obama and earlier presidents. But the last paragraph should cause heartburn in the White House.
Judging by the number of statements from different groups, there are a multitude of options of things Pope Francis and U.S. President Barack Obama could talk about Thursday.