NCR Today: The beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero reminds me of a story a prison chaplain told me in El Salvador.
Vatican City -- The anticipated environmental encyclical reportedly titled with a quotation from prayer by St. Francis of Assisi
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.
The Vatican's semiofficial newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, is hosting a three-day conference on the role of women in the church and the world this weekend.
Being held Friday-Sunday on the topic "The Church and the status of women today," the event will see 15 addresses by a number of prominent women from around the world. The three sessions of the conference will focus on three separate issues: violence perpetrated against women, family issues, and so-called "feminine identity."
Pope Francis has called for a reorientation of the Catholic church's way of educating people in the faith, saying the process of catechesis should steer away from using "simply the scholastic sphere" in order to teach people to encounter and follow Christ.
The pontiff has also offered a new definition for a term that has long befuddled many church observers, redefining the "new evangelization" as an effort by Catholics to evince their faith by working to help those on society's peripheries.
Review: The story of Ray and his family as well as the scientific information humanize the consequences of nature's fury and make the action more palatable.
DignityUSA today issued a statement drawing attention to the conflicting responses coming out of the Catholic hierarchy following the Irish vote in favor of same-sex marriage. Ireland this week became the first nation in history to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote.
NCR Today: Irish priest disagrees with Vatican's assessment of Irish vote; the congenial relationship between the church and science; Americans become more liberal.
When I went to church on Sunday, one of the hymns sung at the end of Mass was "When Irish Eyes are Smiling." It was in celebration of the Irish vote (62 percent, no less!) in favor of same-sex marriage the previous day.