The popes have been right about materialism for 124 years, since Rerum Novarum in 1891. Yes, other writers described the destructive lure of goods in the marketplace, but Pope Leo XIII was right there. And Pope Francis is there today with Laudato Si'.
NCR Today: Ballot review for Election Day; Pope’s gay friend speaks out; Young people who stay in church; Sex abuse cases emerge in South America.
Listening sessions, called by Archbishop Bernard Hebda, interim administrator of the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese, continue. The local church gets to say what qualities they want in the new archbishop.
Independent peace initiatives by Israelis, Palestinians, Americans, Jews, Christians and Muslims cooperate across ethnic, religious and national lines in opposing the the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
NCR Today: Costs of sex abuse greater than thought and mounting; Ordained Cincinnati nun excommunicated; Irish push for women's ordination; Lessons from the synod.
Reader's Retrospective: John Garrity first encountered the National Catholic Reporter as a Norbertine novice at St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere, Wis.
NCR Today: The synod is history. The takeaway is the bishops have answered the famously inclusionary kindness implicit in Francis' "who am I to judge" by answering that they will.
A nun in Cincinnati was excommunicated and dismissed from the Sisters of the Precious Blood after admitting she was secretly ordained as a priest this spring.
NCR Today: A new book, Doing Good … Says Who?, offers a clear and creative analysis of our middle class efforts to help the poor.
The Field Hopsital: Thousands in Plymouth, Mich., view relics of St. Maria Goretti; Dioceses continue consolidation; Cenacle Legal Services joins Diocese of Venice, Fla., to provide legal services to working poor