"What we need to see more than anything is a church that is willing to listen and a church that's willing to engage."
When Americans aren't busy praying for themselves or their own needs -- and most of them are -- many are seeking divine intervention on behalf of a favorite sports team or the golden ticket in the lottery, according to a new survey.
About 13 percent of Americans who pray say they pray for sports teams, compared with about one in five (21 percent) who say they have prayed to win the lottery, the new survey from LifeWay Research suggests.
A WORLDWIDE HEART: THE LIFE OF MARYKNOLL FATHER JOHN J. CONSIDINE
By Robert Hurteau
Published by Orbis Books, $45
On Sept. 7, Huntington Beach, Calif., held the seventh annual Blessing of the Waves, with more than a thousand people attending the interfaith event. That included Fr. Christian Mondor, an 89-year-old Franciscan affectionately known as the "Surfer Priest," who spoke with NCR before the ceremony.
NCR: Is there a theme that directs each Blessing of the Waves?
Five women have been appointed to the International Theological Commission, including Sr. Prudence Allen, a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich. Formerly chair of the philosophy department at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, she is now a member of the chaplaincy team at Lancaster University, England.
Essay: On Sept. 9, 1990, Russian Orthodox priest Alexander Men left his cottage. Someone came up behind him with an axe, struck his skull and fled.
My Table is Spread: Shouldn't those whose marriages have ended, those who have been wounded, be at the upcoming synod on the family?
Religious Life: A Worldwide Heart uses the personal history and vision of Maryknoll Fr. John Considine to show the evolution of Catholic missionary service.
NCR Today: Kaya Oakes is a fervent feminist with an appreciation for indie culture whose upcoming book explores the role of "nones" and her unique faith journey.
Column: Slightly painful as it is to confess, I admire Pat Buchanan. He has the persistence of taking and giving uppercuts and rising after knockdowns.