Column: Much remains to be seen about what kind of pope Francis will be, but for progressives, cautious optimism is in order.
Franziska Jägerstätter gained a certain international renown when her husband, who was beheaded in 1943 for refusing to join the Nazi cause on religious grounds, was beatified.
The new pope told a monsignor in 2007 that if he were the pope, Oscar Romero's canonization would be a priority.
Sr. Mary Nona McGreal, master teacher, historian, prolific writer and promoter of Catholic education in the United States, died on March 20 at the Dominican motherhouse in Sinsinawa, Wis. She was 98. Her life and many ministries, from primary teacher to co-author of a three-volume curriculum used nationally in Catholic schools, spanned 80 years of religious profession.
The president of Graduate Theological Union will become the 29th president -- and first lay president -- of St. Mary's College on July 1.
Throughout the military dictatorships in Latin America from 1950 to 1990, the hierarchies of the Catholic church and heads of Catholic religious orders took up varying positions in relation to the brutal suppression and the crucifixion of their peoples carried out by these dictatorships, whether in Argentina, Brazil or El Salvador.
However, the touchstone by which we should measure these hierarchical responses, or lack of them, should be the person of Msgr. Oscar Romero, archbishop of San Salvador for just three years from 1977 to 1980, when he was assassinated.
First comes baby, then comes marriage? That is the new norm for many middle-class young Americans -- and they and their children are paying a price, a new report says.
Column: Eugene Patterson was a standout in a time when newsroom bravery meant risking your and your family's life.
60 Minutes will air a segment March 17th on the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's controversial doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
CBS describes the upcoming segment this way: “One of the pressing problems newly elected Pope Francis may want to address is the disillusionment among American nuns. Many were shocked last year when the group that represents most of them was reprimanded by the Vatican, which said the nuns' liberal ideas were undermining the Church. Bob Simon reports. Tanya Simon and Andrew Metz are the producers.”
The election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis "opens for the church a path full of hope ... at this crucial time," said the Jesuit superior general Thursday.