What would a commitment to nonviolence look like here in the United States? I've been considering how much we spend weapons and operations, and I'll have more blogs on that topic during this Lent, but the other side of the coin, which we never look at, is whether war is an effective strategy.
Pope Francis on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, who had reportedly spent approximately $43 million on a new residence and complex in his German diocese.
NCR Today: "Bishop of bling" gets the boot; Canada's family synod survey results; cases before the Supreme Court; Germans restart stalled abuse investigation.
Sister of Charity of New York Immaculata Burke, known for her work within the Diocese of Spokane's Guatemala mission, died March 8 at the age of 94.
One of the unfortunate consequences of a reporting trip of the sort I took in Australia in November is that so much necessarily ends up, as it were, on the cutting room floor. In two weeks of what felt like nonstop conversations and interviews, dozens of people generously gave their time and insights.
I am delighted to hear that the pope, and probably the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family, are reconsidering the question of Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics.
When this topic comes up, I am haunted by images of my Aunt Marian. She was my father's sister, a wonderful woman with a loving heart and a sharp wit. She married my Uncle Alan, who was not a Catholic but had been divorced. And of course, the powers that be in the church told Marian she could not receive Communion.
NCR Today: Supreme Court hears Hobby Lobby contraception case; Lent and shopping; quiz: What's the Sydney archdiocese worth? Plus, the "Francis effect" in Indianapolis.
HO CHI MINH CITY -- Pope Francis on March 22nd formally accepted the resignation of Cardinal Jean Baptiste Pham Minh Man who is stepping down after serving 16 years as archbishop of the Ho Chi Minh City archdiocese.
While the move has long been coming and his successor was named last year, Man’s departure leaves a large hole in the fabric of pastoral leadership here and questions about critical between church and state in Vietnam, which is officially a communist country.
Jim Hodge and Linda Cooper’s reporting for NCR goes back to at least the mid-1980s. The vast majority of their work for us has been focused on Central America, and they bring that long-view perspective that makes their reporting authoritative.
NCR Today: President Obama will meet with Pope Francis on Thursday, but three men from Philadelphia hope to beat him to the punch.