Imagine this: Suppose the U.S. Constitution required that the president of the United States be a Presbyterian, the speaker of the House be a Catholic, and the president of the Senate be Jewish? Sounds preposterous, right?
"A man's home is his castle" is a cry that echoes in American ears. While technology may be eating away at our liberties online, Americans still believe they are secure in their own homes. In some states in the South and West, dominion over one's own home is reinforced by "stand your ground" laws, which permit homeowners to use deadly force against intruders, though not without controversy.
NCR Today: Election Day looms; Oregon woman takes own life; Partner benefits at Catholic institutions and New York announces parish closings.
The daylong gathering dissected the theological and pastoral implications and challenges of the still-emerging Pope Francis pontificate.
Q&A: Even though the news hasn't spent much time on the Middle East recently, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi says the area continues to face war, murder and chaos.
At the close of the first session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI. That Francis moved the author of Humanae Vitae closer to sainthood at a synod on marriage and family should not inspire liberal optimism. But it has.
I saw a policeman life on the witness stand once. I don't know if he was misremembering or deliberately misstating the truth, but he spoke with authority.
NCR Today: What to do with Syria? Local reactions to family synod; Accounting as empowerment; Vietnamese dissidents.
A few months after I was born, my great-uncle Fr. Edward Timmons, S.J., dropped dead in the middle of reading the Passion at Palm Sunday mass. Quite the Halloween image, eh? Though I never met my namesake during the short time our lives overlapped, I feel like I have a relationship with him. I realize this might sound a bit odd, but this weekend when we pray for and to the dead on All Saints and All Souls, I suppose we’re embracing this oddness.
NCR Today: The final document of the Synod of Bishops on the family has finally been translated into English and posted to the Vatican's website.