NCR Today: A run-down of responses to Trump's executive order on jobs and climate regulations; hold on Romero; disintegration in the Democratic Republic of Congo
On March 24, the signature legislative goal of the Trump administration and the Republican Congress went down to defeat. The American Health Care Act was pulled from the floor and it was decided to forget about the Republican pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare for the foreseeable future. The Trump administration and speaker Paul Ryan have both suffered a major defeat. For his part, Trump has moved on and washed his hands of health care.
The Field Hospital: Fr. Christopher Senk, cleared by a state investigation after accusations of taking financial advantage of a parishioner, remains on leave pending the church's investigation.
Jesuit Fr. Hans Zollner says his group has asked the pontiff to create a new Vatican office to train personnel in how to respond to letters from abuse survivors.
NCR Today: Religious left emerging; Francis encourages UN to ban nukes; Immigrants find sanctuary in Austin church network; Crackdown creates meat shortage in India
Pope Francis has written to the United Nations to encourage this week’s talks at the global organization on crafting a new worldwide treaty to ban nuclear weapons, saying in a letter it is time for the international community to “go beyond” nuclear deterrence.
Writing to the president of the conference -- which has been boycotted by many nuclear powers, including the United States -- the pontiff says he wants to encourage the some 120 countries taking part in the talks to “work with determination” to eliminate the need for atomic weapons.
NCR Today: The Freedom Caucus coup d'état; Trump's plans for our environment; Pontifical abuse commission stands together; Mexico City Archdiocese calls Mexicans who help build Trump wall 'traitors.'
Pope Francis’ commission on clergy sexual abuse has expressed its “strong support” for a former member of the group who resigned earlier this month due to frustration with Vatican officials' reluctance to cooperate with its work to protect children.
The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors said in a statement late Sunday that the resignation of abuse survivor Marie Collins had been “a central topic” of their discussions during their plenary assembly, held in Rome March 24-26.
College roundup: South Bend family gifts $50 million to Notre Dame for institute to study world religions; Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities does not support Trump's proposed higher education budget.
The Mind of the Speaker. Shortly after Rep. Paul Ryan took up the House Speaker post, commentator John Gehring assessed the theological underpinnings of Ryan's political agenda. Its worth revisiting that assessment -- especially today.