NCR Today: After an overwhelmingly positive U.S. trip, Pope Francis held his more controversial comments until he was well over the Atlantic en route to Rome yesterday evening.
In recent decades, those looking into the Catholic world have been conditioned to think that the only really important papal statements are those having to do with sexual ethics. All other teachings came wrapped in endless possibilities for "prudential judgment," an inflated way of saying that other matters -- war, poverty, exploitation of the poor and of the Earth -- were of secondary importance and easily negotiated away.
5 minutes with Francis: I have been aware of the deterioration and loss in our plants, animals and community.
NCR Today: The streets were not empty at 3:30 a.m. Soldiers stood on quiet corners and law enforcement agents watched me carefully.
The displacement of the homeless people comes amid the pope's repeated calls for greater income equality and social inclusion of the poor.
5 minutes with Francis: The pope has made some powerful pro-women statements, but has not made any significant appointments that truly include women.
Pope Francis has tried to warn us that the word of God is unruly, that it accomplishes what it wills in ways that surpass our calculations and ways of thinking (“The Joy of the Gospel”). Frankly, the unruliness of the word has been a problem for God’s people from their very beginnings, and today’s readings show us how and why.
5 minutes with Francis: Although we are a small and still largely unprotected ecumenical group, we try to make a better world where we can.
Philadelphia seems almost preternaturally calm as the city prepares for unprecedented activity during Pope Francis' visit.
John J. McNeill, widely revered among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights Catholics and others, died Sept. 22 in a hospice facility in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.