Column: I am surprised and shocked when Christians defend corporal punishment. It seems to me that followers of the Prince of Peace should be practicing peace.
Fr. Benedict Groeschel, a Franciscan priest whose long beard, gray robes, prolific writings and often controversial views made him a distinctive and popular presence in Catholic media, died Friday at St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly in Totowa, N.J.
Groeschel was 81 and had been in declining health.
Grosechel had been out of the spotlight since 2012, when he made controversial comments that blamed some victims of sexual abuse by priests for inviting the molestation.
"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.
My Table is Spread: Shouldn't those whose marriages have ended, those who have been wounded, be at the upcoming synod on the family?
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.
Religious Life: A Worldwide Heart uses the personal history and vision of Maryknoll Fr. John Considine to show the evolution of Catholic missionary service.