Heidi Schlumpf is NCR's national correspondent, based in Chicago. She has three decades of experience covering religion, spirituality, social justice and women's issues, and is the author/editor of three books, including Elizabeth A. Johnson: Questing for God (Liturgical Press, 2016). Schlumpf is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and has a master’s degree in theological studies from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University. She and her husband are members of St. Gertrude Parish in Chicago.

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Four New England states launch third-party reporting system for bishops

The bishops of the Boston Province — which includes the Boston Archdiocese and dioceses in four states: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine — have announced a third-party reporting system for complaints of misconduct against bishops.

Do Catholics 'actually' believe in the Real Presence?

Experts suggest that while not all Catholics may understand the history and nuances of teaching on the Real Presence and transubstantiation, many of them "get it" on a more general level.

Rosie Castro talks about her Catholic faith, civic involvement and her sons

Maria del Rosario "Rosie" Castro, the daughter of an immigrant, is a prominent Mexican American social justice and political activist in the San Antonio area. Castro, now 72, has clearly been the dominant influence on her twin sons, born in 1974.

Lauren Ashburn, lead anchor of 'EWTN News Nightly,' leaves the network

The lead anchor and managing editor of EWTN's nightly news show has left the television network, according to a statement released by the network Thursday.