NCR Today: The Vatican press office issued a statement Tuesday saying recent remarks by a Vatican official do not indicate a split among Vatican offices.
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The longtime president of Saint Louis University, Jesuit Fr. Lawrence Biondi, announced Saturday that he would step down from the position he has held for more than two decades at the Jesuit school.
Mark Silk has written a comprehensive review of the sexual abuse case of Fr. Michael Fugee in Newark, N.J., and the involvement of their archbishop, John J. Myers, in the case. It reviews in detail the issue of whether or not the archdiocese abrogated the agreement they had made with prosecutors regarding Fugee. For those interested in this case, it provides a clear chronological depiction of all the steps involved.
Maryland has become the first state south of the Mason-Dixon line to abolish the death penalty.
Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley signed the measure at a crowded ceremony on Thursday. Attending was one-time Maryland death row inmate Kirk Bloodsworth. He is the first person in the U.S. freed because of DNA evidence after being convicted in a death penalty case.
Like few other events of our day, the Boston Marathon bombings underlined the need for responsible, ethical journalism, especially religion journalism. It also called attention to those we might call "citizen journalists," the users of Twitter and Reddit and other social media who relayed accounts of the bombing and its aftermath -- some of it wrong and some of it falsely accusing people who had nothing to do with the bombings.
NCR Today: Sisters welcomed in Rome, but not so welcome in Madison, Wis.; 'suspected' gay man rejected from Catholic school; Philippines prepare for midterm election.
Mercy Sister Mary Patricia Garvin opened day three of a global gathering of women religious leaders here exploring the gathering’s theme of effective service leadership.
In a talk entitled “Graced Companionship: A Metaphor for Religious Leadership Today,” Garvin used Jesus at the primary model for leadership. She called him a graced companion “par excellance!”
Sisters' Meeting: How should a Catholic leader use power? Should they ever admit weakness? And what role can feminine imagery play in such considerations?
“Let us always remain meek and humble, that we might defeat the empty promises and the hatred of the world.” This was the message of Pope Francis on Saturday morning during the homily at Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, according to Vatican radio.
The death May 2 of Bishop Joseph McFadden, who headed the Harrisburg Diocese since August 2010, hands Pope Francis a unique opportunity to choose a U.S. bishop of his personal liking.
Church observers will watch carefully what happens in the Pennsylvania diocese in the coming months. It will send signals throughout the church.