Catholic colleges and universities today find themselves at the forefront of fostering positive interfaith relations with Muslims. According to an article in today’s Washington Post, Muslim students are enrolling at Catholic institutions of higher learning in unprecedented numbers.
A battle royale has been engaged by a mother who is seeking to prevent McDonalds from "luring" children and their parents from buying Happy Meals with toys.
Today's New York Times editorial rightly points out that parents are the responsible party for their children's diet. At what point, however, do states and the federal government have to intervene before a large percentage of our population literally explodes as if in a cartoon?
Pope Benedict XVI’s blunt language on the sexual abuse crisis in his annual address to the Roman Curia this morning is generating headlines around the world, especially the pontiff’s unflinching insistence that the church must examine “what went wrong in our proclamation, in our whole way of living the Christian life, to allow such a thing to happen.”
Benedict's Christmas message: Pope Urges Church to Reflect on Abuse
The BBC's list: The top 10 religion stories of the year
Australia: Catholic Church looks overseas for priests
Previously confidential diplomatic cables released today as part of the Wikileaks disclosures show American diplomats pressing the Vatican to take a more positive line on the aftermath of the U.S.-led war in Iraq, and on genetically modified food.
In an NCR column last spring, I asked, "Is women's ordination old news?" Apparently, it is not. As NCR Managing Editor Dennis Coday shared earlier today, Time magazine included the controversy over the Catholic Church's policy of not ordaining women to the priesthood as the 6th top religion news story of 2010. (Four of the Top 10 stories feature the Vatican.)
An in depth report at Politics Daily, the online newspaper, portrays University of Notre Dame officials as stonewalling the family of a 19-year-old freshman at Notre Dame's sister school, Saint Mary's College, who committed suicide in September, 10 days after reporting that she had been fondled against her will by a Notre Dame football player.
This digital re-relling of the Christmas story transcends every notion of mediated communication. The video also gives us an opportunity to make media the subject of catechesis while it is an instrument of catechesis at the same time.
The story goes like this. Asia Bibi is a Catholic woman living in a small village near Lahore, Pakistan. She works as a farmhand, is married and the mother of five children. Earlier this year, a dispute erupted with other farmhands when she refused to convert from Christianity to Islam. Some stories say that she made a remark like this one: “Jesus Christ died for my sins; what did Mohammed ever do for you?”
NCR reporting on the Phoenix-excommunication case
- Bishops' doctrine committee: 'direct abortion always wrong', June 24
- Canon lawyers assess ‘automatic’ penalty for nun who approved an abortion, June 22
- Ethicists fault bishop’s action in Phoenix abortion case, June 8
- Thomas J. Olmsted: Portrait of a 'policy-driven' bishop, June 3
- Shades of grey in a world of apparent absolutes, May 26
- Nun excommunicated for allowing abortion, May 18