NCR Today: Defenders of orthodoxy seem to assume that many mainstream Catholics disagree with official teaching because they don't know what they're talking about. How condescending.
NCR Today: India looks to Holy Men for environmental advice; Australian bishop accused of abuse; Chilean Jesuit says gay marriage is OK; Liturgical music in Ireland.
Slow U.S. landmine retreat highlights a national embarrassment. After two decades, nation has yet to sign landmine ban treaty.
Without going back to the days of Galileo, I believe in modern times, Catholics have had far less difficulty with the biblical creation stories and science than fundamentalist Christians. Even before the beginnings of modern Catholic biblical criticism under Pope Pius XII and his 1943 encyclical, Divino Afflante Spiritu, most Catholics were comfortable with some form of harmonizing problematic passages.
Letter from the editor: NCR has hired a new correspondent and a new intern and has promoted a longtime employee.
NCR Today: Former papal nuncio to Dominican Republic defrocked; Bishops and (civil) marriage equality; Gay and proud in the Philippines.
The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests concluded their third annual conference with a Eucharis, celebration. Emeritus San Francisco Archbishop, whom the group honored with it's Pope John XXIII award, the was chief celebrant along with St. Louis Archbishop Robert James Carlson. Some 225 priests attended the conference and Mass. This video, taken during the distribution of communion and conclusion of the celebration, captures a bit of the flavor of the Eucharist gathering, in a room at the Marriott Airport Hotel in St. Louis.
NCR Today: An Irish newspaper reports that survivors of abuse from Ireland, Britain, the U.S. and Poland will meet Francis at the Vatican guesthouse.
Fr. James J. Bacik told a national assembly of Catholic priests here today that a good homily has a focal point.
“We need focal points, not themes,” he said. A good homily “has to have a concern. It has to have some joy, some sorrow. It’s co-relational.”
But to deliver such a homily the preacher, he explained, needs to know the concerns of those he is preaching to. And how do I know their concerns? “You have to be in dialogue with the people,” he said. If I cannot come up with an example I throw it away … “A doctor burdened with paper work, people burdened with guilt.”
St. Louis -- The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests members approve resolutions supporting married priests and expressing displeasure with Mass translations.