Pope Francis continues to move ahead with his reform of the Curia. But what does the appointment of Cardinal George Pell to the new Secretariat for the Economy mean?
As I was glancing at my Washington Post on Friday morning, I was dumbfounded by this headline: "Gay patient says Catholic chaplain refused him last rites." The story focuses on Ronald Plishka, who was admitted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center after a heart attack and asked for a priest when -- after 24 hours -- he became concerned that he might not make it.
Today’s letter, sent on Sunday, Feb. 23, comes from Immaculate Heart Sr. Annette St. Amour of Monroe, Mich. After 25 years of working in South Africa, she recently arrived in Juba to help Solidarity with South Sudan’s pastoral development work. They are forming diocesan teams to assist groups with programs for peace and reconciliation.
NCR Today: KC, Mo., diocese settles abuse suits; St. Paul-Minneapolis under scrutiny; Consistory and new cardinals; Mission work in Africa.
David Gibson of Religion News Service examines the conflicting views of Catholic bishops on the passage of severely punitive laws against gays and lesbians, particularly in Africa and Asia.
It's not often that Gospel parables get discussed on the op-ed page of The New York Times, but columnist David Brooks has a smart analysis of the Prodigal Son and how it should be applied to the nation today.
Despite the recent controversy over lethal injection drugs in Ohio and Louisiana, Missouri is forging ahead with the execution of convicted killer Michael A. Taylor.
In my Morning Briefing this morning, I pointed to a story, Archbishop Quevedo arrives in Vatican, to be installed cardinal on Saturday, labeling it “cardinals to watch.”
This week, I was a guest speaker in a journalism class at the University of Maryland. The class is called The Religion Angle, and it's taught by a seasoned religion journalist, Ira Rifkin, who used to work with Religion News Service.
NCR Today: The consistory; homily by Bishop Tom Gumbleton; CUA and the Kochs; UK bishops take on welfare cuts; funeral rules tighten in Ottawa.