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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NCR Connections: Under the skin of ongoing news

NCR Connections: Stories at the corner of religion and commerce; on what axis will the U.S. bishops' fall meeting spin? NCR pens open letter to prelates; reporting on the vilified caravan

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Markers for digital age: Welcome to NCR Connections

NCR Connections: NCRonline has become a daily publication. Once a week, we'll use this new space to tie things together and lead readers through a key issue or pivotal stories.

'Red Hat Report' to 'audit' cardinals, ahead of next conclave

A group of Catholics calling itself the Better Church Governance Group is preparing to compile dossiers "in the manner of political opposition research" on cardinal electors ahead of the next conclave.

Web developer sues Knights of Columbus, alleges membership stats inflated

A Colorado web design firm that filed a $100 million suit against the Knights of Columbus, alleging breach of verbal agreement and that the organization engages in fraudulent practices in its insurance business, will get its day in federal court.