Pope Francis' announcement that priests worldwide can absolve women for the sin of abortion will have little effect in the U.S. and Canada, where most priests already have such authority.
A new survey by Pew Research finds that nontraditional family arrangements are fine with many U.S. Catholics, and many think the church should be more open to them as well.
The Trail of History: Time passes with a stillness and quietude in Eagle Butte, despite the ever-present human suffering.
Conversations with Sr. Camille: "I can never make amends for the hurt and pain I've caused others. However, I do try to make a difference in this world."
The Trail of History: Government and church-run boarding schools sought to Westernize and Christianize Native American children
The Trail of History: Deep psychological wounds hammer life in Cheyenne River today. The wounds are old, inflicted at a time when the Doctrine of Discovery dealt with America's "Indian problem."
The growing phenomenon of Catholics marrying outside the faith and the challenges that it poses to the church in Asia -- especially in countries like India, where Christians are a minority -- was the subject of discussion at a recent gathering of Asian moral theologians.
Fr. Michael Peters, an Indian moral theologian who studied mixed marriages in several archdioceses in southern India between 2005 and 2010, said his survey revealed "a clear indication" that such marriages are steadily growing in the country.
Today's three readings bring up one of most vexing issues of biblical faith. Just what religious rules and regulations does God demand we keep, and which ones can we discard? Is it possible that some of our most fervently kept laws don't even come from God?
Pope Francis has called for new ways for the journey of faith of the pilgrim people of God. By exercising the collegiality envisioned by the Second Vatican Council, he has encouraged the Synod of Bishops on the family to participate in open discussions on the various issues. As we await the second session of this synod, it seems particularly valuable to benefit from the 2014 document issued by the International Theological Commission, "Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church."
NCR Today: After 40 years of fruitless battles, Planned Parenthood and Catholic church leaders need to pledge to do at least one common project that puts women and babies first.