A small c catholic: Yes, the hierarchical structure is still in place and hot-button positions haven't changed, but Bill Tammeus sees some glimpses of newness from the new pope.
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A small c catholic: The Catholic church puts its priorities in the wrong place when it says abortion is of greater consequence than the death penalty.
The 18th-century French writer Voltaire, rarely short of words or insight, once declared history to be "no more than the portrayal of crimes and misfortunes."
There's much truth in that, but only if historians don't turn into myth-makers who prejudicially select what to include.
A small c catholic: The Cherith Brook Catholic Worker house offers showers and food to homeless people with no strings attached.
A small c catholic: Forgiveness can be risky. It can be painful. It can be and usually is necessary, but if you imagine it's an easy matter, you are delusional.
A small c catholic: A story on Hans Küng shows Bill Tammeus how the Catholic and Protestant churches compare and how they're different.
A small c catholic: Bill Tammeus says that by not having female priests, Catholics are short-changed, missing the blessings female clergy members can bring to a parish.
A small c catholic: It didn't surprise me that a few readers who responded to my last NCR column about Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City accused me of anti-Catholic bias.
A small c catholic: No one is suggesting Kansas City, Mo., Bishop Robert Finn can't be forgiven his sins, but he has the obligation to avoid further damage.
A small c catholic: In a faith community, members know they are loved. In a time of one night stands and neighbors whose names we don't know, that's a lot.