Analysis: The papal mis-messaging of Pope Francis' U.S. visit with Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, raises some key questions.
Distinctly Catholic: Yesterday when news broke about the meeting between Pope Francis and Kim Davis, I received more emails and phone calls than during any day of this papacy.
NCR Today: Melkite archbishop of Aleppo, Syria, Jean-Clément Jeanbart, was invited by NCR to share his reaction to Pope Francis' U.N. speech on Sept. 25.
Pope Francis met Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk and conservative Christian who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses for gay couples.
Following Francis: UPDATED Oct. 2. NCR is covering the conclusion of Pope Francis' U.S. trip and providing initial analysis of the trip's impact.
NCR Today: Pope Francis has again forcefully rejected the possibility of female priests in the Catholic church, citing that Pope John Paul II decided "that cannot be done."
Making a Difference: During his six-day U.S. tour, the pope tirelessly proclaimed Gospel precepts of forgiveness, social justice, care for the poor, protection of the earth and love for all.
In recent decades, those looking into the Catholic world have been conditioned to think that the only really important papal statements are those having to do with sexual ethics. All other teachings came wrapped in endless possibilities for "prudential judgment," an inflated way of saying that other matters -- war, poverty, exploitation of the poor and of the Earth -- were of secondary importance and easily negotiated away.
On his way back to Rome from the U.S., Pope Francis spoke strongly against sexual abuse by priests, calling it a "sacrilege." He also spoke of conscientious objection, US sisters.