NCR Today: Vatican conflict shadows upcoming LCWR assembly; Iran military pushing back Islamic State; Putin wants to rebuild demolished monasteries, church; Scorsese making film about Japan's first Jesuits
I belong to that growing band of elders that, oddly enough, has more power by accident and design than any previous set. We have a reputation as crabapples and badmouthers that is grossly unfair. As the cohort swells and we're studied more, I think the ranks will number far more optimists and cheerful givers than ever imagined, perhaps even a majority. In yesteryear, old folks suffered poverty and privation. The mean old government alleviated that and for a while pensions eased the pain.
This spring, I read The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman. Strictly speaking, I listened to The Guns of August in the mornings when I went walking, so I missed some of the political and military tactical maneuvers, not having a map at hand to study. What I took away from the book, though, was the overwhelming arrogance, cruelty and stupidity on every battlefield.
I would like to take issue with a few points made by Ross Douthat in a recent New York Times opinion piece.
NCR Today: Kentucky Catholic parish picnic was center of political universe this weekend; Korea and Philippines prepare for papal visits; Lafayette, La., revisits sex abuse history.
Pope Francis wasn’t at the annual Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests conference, but his name created a running subplot as the group reviewed its 25-year history.
Numerous speakers during the conference's first night ask, what is the strategic plan moving forward?
NCR Today: The Congregation for Divine Worship decided the kiss of peace should stay where it is in the Mass, but it should be performed with greater sobriety.
Women Against Feminism, a social media campaign that invites women to explain why they don't need feminism, is about as bleak as it sounds.
NCR Today: I believe most Hollywood studio execs underestimate American audiences. There's a hunger out there for something beyond what escapism can offer.