NCR Today: I agree that there are some complications in the relationship between science and faith, but generalizing Catholicism as science-phobic just doesn't sit well with me.
NCR senior analyst Jesuit Fr. Tom Reese will be in Rochester, N.Y., Sept. 11 and 12 for two speaking engagements with the Shannon Chair Catholic Studies Lecture of Nazareth College.
Topics, times and venues are:
Pope Francis and the Challenge of Reforming the Church
Sept. 11, 7 p.m.
Forum, Otto A. Shults Community Center
Listening to the Laity: Pope Francis and the Upcoming Synod on the Family
Sept. 12, 1:30 p.m.
Linehan Chapel, Golisano Academic Center
In a long and complex article in the Sept. 15 issue of America magazine, Cardinal Walter Kasper discusses how mercy is understood in the Gospel and in the teaching of Pope Francis. He applies this to the possibility of permitting those in second marriages to be absolved and returned to the church in good standing. This issue is now under discussion in preparation for the upcoming synod, Kasper says, and it is clear he will be one of those pushing enthusiastically for change in the near future.
NCR Today: Story of a priest in jail; Vietnam-Vatican explore diplomatic ties; Chicago Cardinal George worried about future of U.S. Catholic church; family synod preparations.
The death of Chick-fil-A's founder days ago brought to mind journalism's habitual neglect of the religious side of the deceased. S. Truett Cathy's obituaries at first seemed to be an exception to the rule. His public opposition to same sex marriage was duly highlighted as was his support of conservative family values causes. And they noted that he was a Baptist who stopped purveying chicken on Sundays to honor the Christian Sabbath.
A lawsuit filed Wednesday seeks to compel the bishop of New Ulm, Minn., to become the latest and final diocese in the state to disclose its list of known priests credibly accused of sexually abusing children.
The lawsuit is brought by two plaintiff, Doe 37 and Doe 38, who claim they were sexually abused by Fr. Michael Skoblik between 1967 and 1971 when they were altar servers at St. Joseph Parish in Silver Lake, Minn.
News reports on Wednesday suggest that President Barack Obama is readying to take U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State -- the Sunni militant group rampaging through northern Iraq in an effort to establish an Islamic caliphate -- into Syria, where the group is headquartered.
The Times of Israel is reporting that Israel’s military legal branch is investigating five cases of alleged misconduct among Israeli Defense Forces during the recently halted 50-day Israel-Hamas conflict.
According to the news site, the cases include:
NCR Today: Nuns on the Bus, round 3; San Francisco newspaper investigates what's behind campaign against Cordileone; raising money for Middle East Christians.
NCR Today: The appointment of 25 curial officials to the synod is a sign that Pope Francis still doesn't understand what real reform of the Curia requires.