Tom Roberts is NCR editor-at-large and 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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Conservative donors aim to shape Catholic narrative for the wider culture

NCR looks at the growing number of "Catholic nonprofits" that depend upon donations from foundations or wealthy individual Catholics — and make up a web of organizations deeply engaged in advancing a conservative political/religious agenda.

Bishop McElroy sees 'a cultural crisis in our body politic'

NCR interview: As the U.S. hierarchy meets this week, San Diego's bishop says part of him wants "to scotch the whole agenda" and talk about "How do we help our nation at this moment?"

Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff, retired Navy chaplain, found humanity amid war

Making Peace: Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff, 71, is a retired Navy chaplain whose experience in warfare has shaped his view of religion and its relationship to the state. He believes all of us have "this compass that says you just have to do the best you can," even in horrible circumstances.

Koch, Turkson speak at Catholic University's 'Good Profit' conference

During a three-day conference at the Catholic University of America, the talk was all about money — good money — in the form of "Good Profit," the theme of the Oct. 4-6 gathering.