Appreciation: So many of us saw in Dick McBrien a genuine spokesman for our ideas and aspirations about a church styled with Second Vatican Council ideals.
It may not have a name, but the program that ministers to death row inmates at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution in Tecumseh, Neb., is making an impact.
Certainly moved by the program are Deacon Leo Bistak and his wife, Nancy, of Lawrence, Kan. The couple travels almost 300 miles roundtrip once every three months to participate.
"We sit around in a large room with about eight death row prisoners and about 10 of us who come in," Leo said. "We have some sandwiches and talk with them for about three hours."
As the quest for a jury in the Boston Marathon bombing trial approaches its fourth week, some of the area's 2 million Roman Catholics are growing frustrated with criteria that effectively disqualify followers of church teachings.
Bulletins from the Human Side: Fr. Richard McBrien is free at last of time's unforgiving grip and at home in the eternal with which he was so familiar.
Fr. Richard McBrien, a scholar of distinction as well as a popular interpreter of the Catholic church to the wider world, died early Sunday morning. He was 78.
The book of Jonah is one of the Hebrew Scriptures' most significant writings. But since many of us don't recognize its literary genre, we miss the theology the author's trying to convey.
For a generation, Marcus J. Borg helped popularize the intense debates about the historical Jesus and the veracity and meaning of the New Testament.
A centrist, Robert White argued for a negotiated -- not military -- solution to the civil war beginning to ravage El Salvador.
There are important ways in which Christians can make meaningful contributions to strengthening moderate Islam.
When we were children, our mother was not content with having us pray the ordinary grace before meals. No, at grace time, as well as in prayers before bed, there was a litany of sorts in which we remembered family and friends, and always ended with the simple prayer, "Please, God, help me to know my vocation and have the grace and strength to follow it." Mom was a firm believer that everyone had a vocation, a call to serve God with their best talents and deepest desires.