NCR Today: “The Church is not a museum.” Those are the words of Pope Francis opening the family synod in Rome this week.One can hope the delegates begin to understand.
A priest has lost his post in northern Italy after saying he can “understand” pedophilia within the church. The priest appeared to blame children for sexual abuse and described homosexuality as a sickness.
“Pedophilia I can understand, homosexuality I don’t understand,” Fr. Gino Flaim, a priest in Trento, told Italy’s La7 channel. “Unfortunately there are children that look for affection, because they don’t have it at home. And perhaps if they find a priest, he could also give in.”
The major relics of St. Maria Goretti, known as the "patroness of purity," are on a "pilgrimage of mercy" in the United States this fall, for the first U.S. visit.
NCR Today: I kept brushing away mental flashes of what could have happened, vignettes of horror and grief that we had been spared, but still haunted me.
Book Review: History has provided numerous examples of how political demagoguery can use such disaffected populations to undermine democracy.
A small c catholic: One of my differences with Catholic sacramental theology has to do with tying a central church belief to an outdated science, which strikes me as odd.
I slid into the fourth pew from the back on the left side of Dahlgren Chapel at Georgetown University. It was a 1975 summer evening with a soft sun backlighting the five-paneled stained-glass window featuring the Sacred Heart of Jesus behind the altar. It was quiet, a solemn quiet. I was on my knees and then, in a slow-moving but eerie transition, I was no longer in the fourth pew from the back on the left side of the chapel in Georgetown University.
NCR Today: Kim Davis, the county clerk for Rowan County, Ky., is being represented by a law firm, Liberty Counsel, which has been designated as a "hate group."
Argentina was experiencing an economic crisis, immigration influx, and devolution of religious affiliation before Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis -- but what's going on with Catholics in Argentina today?
Appreciation: Phyllis Tickle, a best-selling religion author, popular speaker and influential scholar, died at her home Sept. 22.