Editorial: While Pope Francis advocates for a church with open doors, one door remains shut. On women's ordination, Francis says, "That door is closed."
"They are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate."
This affirmation of the intent and sanctity of marriage, first set forth in the Book of Genesis and then repeated by the Marcan Jesus, may appear to be a beautiful but impossible ideal -- as seem so many of the teachings postulated by Jesus in the Gospel. But Jesus was not a proponent of the impossible.
Young Voices: In a number of ways, Pope Francis reminds me of a superhero; for one, he uses his powers to serve others.
The emphasis on questions around human reproduction that Dorothy Day largely avoided in her lifetime has become a successful distraction, overtaking her ardent and staunch condemnations of militarism and capitalism.
NCR Today: Phones rang off the Catholic Worker headquarters' walls following Pope Francis' address to the U.S. Congress, where he mentioned Dorothy Day -- the organization's co-founder.
NCR Today: Equally Blessed pilgrims journeyed to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families -- bravely bearing witness to a vision of church in which all are welcome.
5 minutes with Francis: A change may not only reduce poverty but allow many to receive Communion who are now prohibited from doing so by their conscience.
Preview: An excerpt from the biography Joan Chittister: Her Journey from Certainty to Faith, describes a young Chittister determined to fulfill the desire to become a nun.
NCR Today: Pope Francis came to the United States not only to challenge us on public policy issues, but also to break bread in the Eucharist with the Catholic community.
American Catholic family life, increasingly influenced by broader secular culture, is experiencing a growing rift between observant parents and their children who feel far less attached to the institutional church. That detachment crosses economic and cultural lines and poses difficult questions for the future, according to sociologists who study American Catholicism.