Fr. Stephen Pohl was arrested in Florida Aug. 21 on a federal charge related to the possession of pornographic images of children.
Greg Bourke, an openly gay, revered Boy Scout troop leader, learned Aug. 4 that he still can't be a leader in a local Catholic parish troop.
If the influential Catholic writer Thomas Merton were alive today, he would likely have strong words about police brutality and racial profiling.
Back in 1963, Merton called the civil rights movement "the most providential hour, the kairos not merely of the Negro, but of the white man."
His words echoed Saturday among black pastors at a conference, titled "Sacred Journeys and the Legacy of Thomas Merton," hosted by Louisville's Center for Interfaith Relations. The event marked the 100th anniversary of Merton's birth.
Speakers at Call To Action's national conference spoke of the Second Vatican Council's new way of being church in today's world.
NCR was at the annual Call to Action conference in Louisville, Ky., over the weekend. Here's a brief overview.
Mexican Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez said he sees "many possibilities here in the United States for vocations from the Spanish-speaking people," and urged priests and other church leaders to work for vocations among Hispanic Catholics.
"Go to the children, speak to the children" to cultivate new vocations, he said in an interview with The Record, newspaper of the Louisville Archdiocese.
He also had a message for Hispanic Catholics in the United States. "Don't lose your faith in Christ. Maintain yourselves inside the church," he said.