NCR Today: The appointment of 25 curial officials to the synod is a sign that Pope Francis still doesn't understand what real reform of the Curia requires.
Among the nonvoting members of 38 observers and 16 experts appointed by the pope, the majority are laymen and laywomen, including 14 married couples.
It didn't take long for conservative critics to turn on Cardinal Timothy Dolan after he lauded the decision to allow gay groups to march in New York's annual St. Patrick's Day parade.
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.
American Jesuits are pushing members of Congress who were educated at the Catholic order's schools to pass aid for thousands of refugee children who have surged across the border in Texas in recent months, calling proposals to swiftly deport them "inhumane and an insult to American values."
"I ask you, as a leader, a parent, and a Catholic, to uphold an American tradition of which we are all proud," Fr. Thomas Smolich, head of the U.S. Jesuit conference, wrote to House Speaker John Boehner and 42 other House members who graduated from Jesuit high schools and colleges.
Just Catholic: Do you think some folks left "Star Trek" to work for the government? The Affordable Care Act reads like a machine translation from Klingon.
Ignored by the New York Health Department and the New York archdiocese, David Johnson wrote to Francis to make a case for public facilities at the cathedral.
Pope Francis has appointed three priests of the New York archdiocese to be auxiliary bishops of the archdiocese.
They are Msgr. John Jenik, 70, pastor of Our Lady of Refuge Parish in the Bronx and vicar for Northwest Bronx; Fr. John O'Hara, 68, vicar for planning; and Fr. Peter Byrne, 62, pastor of St. Elizabeth Church in New York City.
The appointments were announced Saturday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
The three men will be ordained as bishops Aug. 4 at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
The U.S. bishops will converge on New Orleans next week. Here's what they're set to talk about.
Faith and Justice: "Cardinal Dolan misses what Pope Francis sees so clearly: The growth of inequality everywhere ... is a result of American-style capitalism," one theologian said.