Within weeks, the Vatican said in a statement Thursday, bishops' conferences around the world will be receiving preparatory documents for the 2015 synod.
NCR reader Steve Janowski, who prides himself as being "a Jesuit educated Catholic," having read my recent post, "Death throes for democracy in America," asked me to share with our readers something pertinent St. Thomas More once wrote in Utopia:
This month, the Augustinians of the Assumption released a newsletter about their unique house of formation, where seminarians of their congregation live together in community with lay students at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.
NCR Today: Marriage, family conference continues at Vatican; Cupich installed as Chicago archbishop; global terror attacks rose sharply in 2013; Mexico's holy war against the cartels
NCR Today: Blase Cupich's concelebration choice is noteworthy -- he paid public respect to a mentor while perhaps describing the kind of bishop he would like to be.
The media are the frequent target for many bishops in the church. New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan sarcastically reported to his fellow bishops last week that the recent synod on the family in Rome was actually fairly boring despite the media's preoccupation with conflict emanating from the synod. The media, in the eyes of many bishops and laypeople, are always the bad actor when it comes to coverage of the church.
Well, 'tis the season for pardoning turkeys at the White House. There is an online petition asking President Barack Obama to pardon a GMO-free, pasture-raised turkey this year. The president has pardoned at least two turkeys a year since taking office, and he has pardoned or commuted the sentences of 61 people. I can't find any record of his having pardoned anybody in 2014. But he will pardon those two turkeys this week.
Cardinal O'Malley may be the best of the princely lot, and he occupied the reserved cardinal guest shot on 60 minutes with much aplomb, but he's only as good as his loyalty to the code will take him.
NCR Today: Cupich's installation; Boko Haram continues to cause fear, oppression in Nigeria; poll says majority of U.S. Catholics oppose religious exemption on birth control.
Cardinal Sean O'Malley is pastoral to the core. He's also an intelligent person. It's good he has the ear of Pope Francis. This was the theme of a telling "60 Minutes" segment Sunday on CBS. During the interview, the good cardinal was open and honest, navigating some tough questions by correspondent Norah O'Donnell.
However, before the interview was over, he revealed clearly the increasingly untenable nature of the Catholic teaching that women cannot be ordained priests.