A small c catholic: When I recently read Jesuit Fr. Thomas Reese's NCR piece about firing bishops, my memory took me back to the mid-1980s.
NCR Today: 25th anniversary of Jesuit massacre; Catholic church losing ground in Latin America; Germany sees rising anti-Semitism; Patti Smith performing at Vatican Christmas concert
Although evangelical moviemakers have been in the spotlight lately with features such as "Son of God" and "God's Not Dead," at least one other prominent, mainstream director is also turning -- or returning -- to religion.
Martin Scorsese, whose 1988 film "The Last Temptation of Christ" ignited national controversy, is negotiating with Paramount Studios to distribute a new movie about Jesuit missionaries, according to the show business newspaper Variety.
NCR Today: Not since the Nazis' war on the Jews has there been such complete depredation of a people.
The issue is especially pressing in Africa, where Nigeria recently adopted harsh prison terms for people in same-sex relationships.
Tall tales about Pope Francis ricochet around the Internet and, in some cases, in traditional news sources, and the church can no longer ignore them.