The major relics of St. Maria Goretti, known as the "patroness of purity," are on a "pilgrimage of mercy" in the United States this fall, for the first U.S. visit.
NCR Today: I kept brushing away mental flashes of what could have happened, vignettes of horror and grief that we had been spared, but still haunted me.
Book Review: History has provided numerous examples of how political demagoguery can use such disaffected populations to undermine democracy.
A small c catholic: One of my differences with Catholic sacramental theology has to do with tying a central church belief to an outdated science, which strikes me as odd.
I slid into the fourth pew from the back on the left side of Dahlgren Chapel at Georgetown University. It was a 1975 summer evening with a soft sun backlighting the five-paneled stained-glass window featuring the Sacred Heart of Jesus behind the altar. It was quiet, a solemn quiet. I was on my knees and then, in a slow-moving but eerie transition, I was no longer in the fourth pew from the back on the left side of the chapel in Georgetown University.
NCR Today: Kim Davis, the county clerk for Rowan County, Ky., is being represented by a law firm, Liberty Counsel, which has been designated as a "hate group."
Argentina was experiencing an economic crisis, immigration influx, and devolution of religious affiliation before Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis -- but what's going on with Catholics in Argentina today?
Appreciation: Phyllis Tickle, a best-selling religion author, popular speaker and influential scholar, died at her home Sept. 22.
Editorial: While Pope Francis advocates for a church with open doors, one door remains shut. On women's ordination, Francis says, "That door is closed."
"They are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate."
This affirmation of the intent and sanctity of marriage, first set forth in the Book of Genesis and then repeated by the Marcan Jesus, may appear to be a beautiful but impossible ideal -- as seem so many of the teachings postulated by Jesus in the Gospel. But Jesus was not a proponent of the impossible.