Tom Roberts is NCR executive editor. Tom was NCR editor from 2000-2008. He is the author of The Emerging Catholic Church: A Community's Search for Itself (2011) and Joan Chittister: Her Journey from Certainty to Faith (2015), both published by Orbis Books.

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Hierarchy and the need for a 'culture of vulnerability'

NCR Connections: Vulnerability, properly understood, is precisely what members of the Roman Catholic hierarchy need to embrace as a strength, argues Fr. James Keenan.

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Not failing, but changing: US Catholic life in a new era

NCR Connections: Neither Call to Action nor religious life is what it once was. The persistent question is "What's next?" The answer may be new forms that are authentic, holy and vibrant.

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We're waiting on the decision about women deacons

NCR Connections: Will he or won't he? That's the question being asked in some circles as the date approaches for the pope's appearance at this year's May 6-10 meeting of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG), the leaders of the world's congregations of Catholic women religious.

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God speaks to us through creation

NCR Connections: Distractions abound, but we hope, amid all the noise, to help focus attention on the key issue of the day — the Earth — upon which all else depends. Reaction to the appointment of Wilton Gregory as archbishop of Washington from Fr. Patrick Smith, pastor of D.C.'s St. Augustine Church.

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