Vienna's reform-minded Fr. Helmut Schuller says merging parishes no way to deal with the priest shortage.
In the long run, the church will not be able to avoid issues such as women's ordination and who can take over the leadership of priestless communities, Schüller said.
According to investigative reporter Seymour Hersh, the Samson Option is the name Israel has given to its nuclear arsenal. The title recalls the biblical superhero Samson, who himself was killed when by pulling on the support pillars he brought down the Philistine Temple in Gaza, killing its ruling class.
Beginning with the writing of the militarist Ze'ev Jabotinsky, the image of Samson has been central to construction in popular culture of the modern Zionist identity of "the fighting Jew" who has left exile and subjugation behind forever.
Seattle University has announced the two largest single donations in its 124-year history -- a $30 million cash and estate gift as well as a $12 million estate contribution. Both are anonymous.
NCR Today: Pell to testify on sex abuse; Ecology encylical named; Thinking about the Vatican's investigation of women religious.
The Vatican's main spokesman has downplayed comments made about Australian Cardinal George Pell by a member of Pope Francis' commission on clergy sexual abuse, saying the member was speaking in his own name and not in the authority of the commission.
Commission member Peter Saunders, an English survivor of clergy sexual abuse, said in an Australian television interview Sunday that Pell had had an "almost sociopathic" disregard for abuse victims.
A new study from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate shows that growth of the Catholic population has been uneven around the world.
NCR Today: The beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero reminds me of a story a prison chaplain told me in El Salvador.
What a gift the Catholic hierarchy has been handed by the Irish with their overwhelming vote to legalize same sex marriages. Coming just months before the Synod on the Family set for next October in Rome, the vote by this Catholic nation is nothing less than a church plebiscite – a vote of the Catholic sensus filelium for all to see that official Catholic teaching on human sexuality is wrong, hurtful, and even, at times, immoral.
NCR Today: Bishops in the news; How many Republicans are running for president? Second career sisters.