At the World Meeting of Families, LGBT Catholic activists and advocates for traditional teaching on sexuality agree -- the church isn't always an easy place to have these conversations.
Philadelphia — The packed, four-day schedule of the World Meetings of Families, had a single session devoted to families and homosexuality. Scheduled for Thursday afternoon in the main hall, capable of seating at least 10,000, and it was moved at the last minute to another room room capable of seating only about 1,000. Hundreds of others were turned away.
Francis was part of a service which saw poignant reflections from Jewish and Muslim leaders, a prayer of remembrance from the pope, and Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Christian, and Muslim meditations.
Young Voices: Given what Pope Francis says, when will we as church be willing to honor the faith of women throughout the world to lead?
NCR Today: While the church promotes evangelization to cure the decline in the number of Catholics, studies argue that demography is destiny, at least most of the time.
Over the past year, Cardinal Timothy Dolan unleashed a series of parish consolidations, closings and mergers, affecting a sizeable chunk of the Archdiocese of New York's 368 parishes.
After appearing at a women's ordination conference, Fr. Jack McClure was told he can't celebrate mass at the parish where he has been pastor for the past 15 months.
If the church ended gender discrimination and proclaimed the equality of all human beings loud and clear, it would send a message to the world that would reverberate across oceans.
NCR Today: A letter to Francis asks for an official apology for the church's "acts of racial injustice ... that have stained our history from the founding of our country."
On the day of Pope Francis' first morning greeting to the American public, Hispanic Catholics from miles around will flood into downtown Washington churches for 6:30 a.m. mass.