Simply Spirit: Regarding divorced and remarried Catholics, if the church doesn't help people connect with God, what's the point?
Introducing "The Field Hospital," NCRonline's newest blog series, covering life in Catholic parishes across the United States.
NCR Today: Francis has said that to not engage with others as a human being is a “spirituality of illusion.”
Parish Diary: The Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage may, in fact, make things better, not only for LGBT couples, but also for our society.
Fr. Dale Wulderlich surveyed the damage from a deliberately set fire 10 hours prior -- the seventh such arson at a St. Louis area church in two weeks.
A Detroit church service turned tragic Sunday when a man with a brick went after the pastor, but likely didn’t anticipate what would follow: the pastor pulled out a semiautomatic pistol and fatally shot the man, police said.
“They knew each other and had some type of problem before,” Assistant Detroit Police Chief Steve Dolunt said of the pastor and the victim. “When I got there, the body had already been moved. The pastor was in custody. We had the gun.”
In the wake of wildfires in Washington state, Catholic Charities from all three Washington dioceses are banding together to provide relief and support for the fires' most vulnerable victims.
Archbishop John Myers has given his priests strict guidelines on refusing Communion to Catholics who support gay marriage or whose own marriage is invalid in the eyes of the church.
Have you ever felt that the challenges of being an authentic disciple are just too great? Have you ever been overwhelmed by Jesus' teachings? Love your enemies; pray for your persecutors. Offer no resistance to injury. When a person strikes you on the right cheek, turn and offer him the other. In giving alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Do not lay up for yourselves an earthly treasure. Store up treasure in heaven. Forgive without limit. Do not turn away the borrower. Sell what you have and give to the poor. Judge not, lest you be judged.
Faith and Justice: During his U.S. trip Pope Francis spoke forcefully about the need to trust the Spirit and to be creative in being an evangelizing presence in the world.