Simply Spirit: Gifted women are serving the church in diverse and ecclesial ministries, but their work often goes unseen. Opening the diaconate to women would change that.
The Field Hospital: Church-destroying blaze likely arson; South Philly parishioners face church mergers; Parishioners help fund shipping stained-glass windows overseas.
A small c catholic: Church governance for the Presbyterian Church (USA) may work imperfectly, but I still prefer its representative democracy.
Passover is the most celebrated of all Jewish holidays, with more than 70 percent of Jewish Americans taking part in a seder, its ritual meal. Here are the basics.
NCR Today: I have to say at the outset that despite the fact that the "joy of love" is truly wonderful, I find it difficult to feel excessively positive about Amoris Laetitia.
Faith and Justice: Amoris Laetitia cries for discussion. To assist, I have drawn up study questions for individual reading or group discussions.
The Peace Pulpit: Pope Francis gives us an extraordinary example of shepherding modeled on the example of Jesus.
The Field Hospital: St. James Cathedral is spiritual home to more than 5,000 individuals and enlists upwards of 1,000 volunteers in outreach ministries.
The Field Hospital: RENEW International programs start to have impact; several parish closings and consolidations; helping families afford First Communion outfits their children need.
NCR Today: In a church environment where women ask repeatedly for more leadership roles, look for ways to make sure the coming generation feels connected to the church at all.