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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Head of liturgy commission criticizes Amazon synod on social media

A Facebook account under the name of Msgr. Andrew Raymond Wadsworth has gone private after a number of posts in late October and early November criticized "pagan worship" at the Amazon synod.

Wyoming bishop opposes for-profit immigrant detention center expansion

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center with a 1,000-bed capacity planned for Evanston, Wyoming, is "a far cry from loving solidarity," says Bishop Steven Biegler, who has publicly opposed the project.

Bishops' meeting reveals division over how to influence political debate

The most intense discussion during the U.S. bishops' Nov. 11-13 meeting concerned whether opposition to abortion is the "preeminent" issue. Others called for attention to immigration and the environment.

Papal nuncio to US bishops: "Reflect prayerfully" on communion with pope's teachings

"Our communion with the Holy Father can be expressed in the concrete actions that we take to make his magisterium better known among our people," Archbishop Christophe Pierre, papal nuncio to the U.S., said in his Nov. 11 address to the meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.