NCR Today: "We believe the recent criticism of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) has been unjust," the letter reads.
Making a Difference: Catholic social teaching is the church's best-kept secret, evidenced by how quickly Pope Benedict XVI's 2009 encyclical was put on the shelf.
McCarrick, who retired in 2006, has been on a tear in the past year, traveling all over the world as a roving ambassador, a role for which he's well suited.
When a large portion of Catholics ignore or reject a church teaching, it is often a sign that social and cultural pressures are weakening their faith, the document says.
I just returned from a family vacation and was looking for some inspiration. I was therefore pleased -- or should I say, filled with the Holy Spirit -- to read the article by Cindy Wooden on the pope's visit with 50,000 charismatic Catholics. Seeing the picture of Pope Francis kneeling to be prayed over by this assembled group was really something extraordinary.
Faith and Justice: The pope gave the press lots to write about after Francis held a free-wheeling press conference aboard an airplane again.
The Italian cardinal who served as the Vatican's No. 2 official under Pope Benedict XVI has rejected allegations that he mishandled 15 million euros ($20 million) from Vatican bank accounts.
The following is a timeline of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
2008: The Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life had ordered a separate investigation, known as an apostolic visitation, of U.S. orders of women religious. The results of that study were submitted to Rome at the end of 2011.
Cardinal Walter Kasper said fresh Vatican criticism of American nuns was typical of the "narrower" view that officials of the Roman Curia tend to take.
Bulletins from the Human Side: There are relics that are truer than the splintered bones of so-called saints -- you just have to know where to look.