NCR Today: 'Bishop bling' pays fine; U.S. churches reach out to Philippines; Iranian nuke talks; the war on terror.
Although he's in prison, awaiting sentencing for a 2012 protest action in Tennessee, Michael Walli was awarded Pax Christi DC's annual peacemaker of the year award.
Congress took Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to the woodshed for the online health care sign-up disaster. And it's true: Lots of mistakes were made for a lot of reasons.
I heard one retired weapons procurement officer explain that other departments can't sidestep government contracting requirements the way the Department of Defense can. He and others have said Congress doesn't permit incremental development of projects, from mass transit to, apparently, health care. Full-blown rollout is the standard.
[Editor's note: This blog was updated Tuesday morning with more information.]
Three of Iowa's four dioceses have posted online in its entirety a Vatican survey of Catholics' views on issues like contraception, same-sex marriage and divorce and are asking their faithful to submit written answers to nearly 40 questions.
Did you know a slave born of Christian parents at Philadelpho in Sicily in 1522 became a Franciscan monk and saint?
There is something unreal about a group of men who claim lives of celibacy coming together for a synod on the family. Granted, they were part of families growing up, but they are not spouses or parents in a family as adults.
When I think about what a synod on the family should look like, I picture parents and grandparents and perhaps older children coming together to discuss issues they know firsthand from their own lives. They would come from around the globe, all continents and cultures, to share ideas, problems and theological understandings.
NCR Today: Faith in the Philippines; the pope and the mafia; Gallup, N.M., diocese begins bankruptcy hearings.
Did you know that Antonio Vieira was an African born in Portugal?
Did you know that the very first African American priests in the United States were three brothers born of a slave mother and fathered by a Georgia plantation owner?
At the same time Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signs the state's new same-sex marriage law next week, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield will be offering prayers for "exorcism in reparation for the sin of same-sex marriage."
The Illinois Legislature passed a bill Nov. 5 allowing same-sex couples to wed, becoming the 15th state to allow such unions. Quinn is scheduled to sign the bill Nov. 20.