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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Robert Ellsberg speaks on whistleblowing, truth-telling and the Pentagon Papers

In an interview with NCR, Catholic author and editor Robert Ellsberg, who helped his father copy the Pentagon Papers, praises whistleblowers for their "higher loyalty."

Speaker: Abuse survivors can't wait for bishops to learn from crisis

While some panelists praised the progress made in past decades, including declining numbers of new cases and better pastoral support for victims, a survivor on the panel hit back about comments that church leaders have had to experience a "learning curve" on the issue.

'It's our church, too': Conference to focus on need for women's leadership

The second Women of the Church conference, in October at St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana, is meant to respond to the signs of the times, including renewed attention to laity.

Is it a good time to be a Catholic publisher?

In an industry that faces fallout from the sex abuse crisis, changing parish demographics and institutional disaffiliation, many Catholic publishers see these challenges as an opportunity to serve.