NCR Today: 'Merry Christmas,' I tell you; New bishop for Rockville Centre; Schism, yes or no?; Vatican approves association for female employees.
NCR Today: A group of 23 academics have issued a statement of support for the four cardinals openly challenging Pope Francis over his apostolic exhortation on the family.
The Field Hospital: Archdiocesan consolidation has brought a diverse ethnic mix — and attention to racial reconciliation — into the last parish standing in the Germantown neighborhood.
Document bewilders some. Groups say, "Pope Francis has a lot of explaining to do." They call the seminary guidelines "extremely disappointing" and "scapegoating."
Morning Briefing: Every Thursday we bring you an international list of headlines and news to watch. Today, read about the end of Italy's 63rd government with the resignation of Matteo Renzi.
NCR Today: In an era when seminarians are being encouraged to live more healthy emotional lives, they should not be forced to lie about who they are.
Millions of hard-pressed Americans are in desperate need of housing. Ben Carson is now Trump's point man for their needs. On the face of it, this doesn't bode well for the un-housed and ill-housed. It isn't that he hasn't witnessed the wretched effects of crowded, dangerous or absent housing, though he didn't live in public projects as some outlets erroneous reported. He's no doubt aware. The stumbling block is that he hasn't shown that he believes in the cause.
The Field Hospital: Catholics pitch in to help in Tennessee; Knights of Columbus collect cellphones; a Maryknoll Lay Missioner reflects on two decades of service.
NCR Today: Several thoughts occur to me as I get around to thinking about the challenge four cardinals have posed to Pope Francis' teaching in Amoris Laetitia.
Morning Briefing: Standing Rock water protectors see cautious win, but would we allow a pipeline under St. Peter's, for example? Plus, a round-up of the latest from the Transition team.