Simply Spirit: In our U.S. church, female ministers and lay leaders probably outnumber priests by at least 10 to one, so it’s disheartening that none were included in prayer services.
Faith & Parish
A Roman Observer: Pope Francis finally came to the United States, and for the vast majority of Americans, even Catholics, he was here today and gone tomorrow.
NCR Today: Pope Francis made quite the splash in the United States this week, but to reduce the "Francis effect" to mere politics is to miss the radical personal transformation that the pope calls for.
With his easel set up back from the massive crowd along Benjamin Franklin Parkway, just south of the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Kevin Johnson felt inspired to paint.
Pope Francis has tried to warn us that the word of God is unruly, that it accomplishes what it wills in ways that surpass our calculations and ways of thinking (“The Joy of the Gospel”). Frankly, the unruliness of the word has been a problem for God’s people from their very beginnings, and today’s readings show us how and why.
At the World Meeting of Families, LGBT Catholic activists and advocates for traditional teaching on sexuality agree -- the church isn't always an easy place to have these conversations.
Philadelphia — The packed, four-day schedule of the World Meetings of Families, had a single session devoted to families and homosexuality. Scheduled for Thursday afternoon in the main hall, capable of seating at least 10,000, and it was moved at the last minute to another room room capable of seating only about 1,000. Hundreds of others were turned away.
Francis was part of a service which saw poignant reflections from Jewish and Muslim leaders, a prayer of remembrance from the pope, and Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Christian, and Muslim meditations.
Young Voices: Given what Pope Francis says, when will we as church be willing to honor the faith of women throughout the world to lead?
NCR Today: While the church promotes evangelization to cure the decline in the number of Catholics, studies argue that demography is destiny, at least most of the time.