I have never seen anything like it. Pope Francis' unpublished encyclical on climate change has drawn more attention than almost any other unseen document ever anticipated. And messages in response to the unknown have been both positive and negative.
Opinion: The Vatican's sterile announcement of Bishop Robert Finn's resignation was an unsuccessful attempt to sanitize the harsh reality of a failed bishop.
Young Voices: More than five years ago, I had an idea for a column: a column of young voices in the National Catholic Reporter.
Viaducts of encouragement are pouring into Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's office from outside the archdiocese, supporting his new language for teacher contracts.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Tuesday denounced the Paris terror attacks by Islamic extremists as "an abomination" and "a nauseating perversion of religion," and he stressed that no matter what cartoons were published by the satirical weekly targeted by the killers, they did not justify violence.
In finding no justification for the deaths on the Charlie Hebdo editorial staff, Dolan seemed to part ways with another prominent New York Catholic, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, who essentially said the newspaper editors had brought on their own slaughter.
After years of strong resistance, organizers of New York's St. Patrick's Day parade will allow gays and lesbians to march under their own banner for the first time.
NCR Today: It's true: Bill Donohue, the vocal head of the Catholic League, has emailed organizers with a request to march in this year's New York City Gay Pride Parade.
A small c catholic: Today, the "anti-Catholic" label gets applied mostly by traditionalist Catholics who tend to see enemies of the church everywhere. It's not an attractive trait.