Nebraska's three Catholic bishops asked school officials and parents to reverse action by the Nebraska School Activities Association's board on transgender participation in high school sports and other activities.
We know legend has it that after Pentecost, Mary, the mother of Jesus, lived out her days with John the Evangelist. We also know that when a Gospel story has lots of detail, scholars suggest that it has its source in personal witnesses. Those two facts invite us to imagine John, the theologian, telling Mary, the practical mother, how he wanted to narrate the story of the wedding at Cana.
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York called on Catholics to participate in a new "9 Days for Life" campaign launched by the U.S. bishops' Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.
Catholics and Lutherans made another step toward joint commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 by issuing common liturgical guidelines for ecumenical services to mark the occasion.
The Anglican Communion voted to censure its American branch, the Episcopal Church USA. The Episcopal Church USA is banned from voting and decision-making for a period of three years.
NCR Today: The author has been working on a sorrowful project, interviewing mothers of children killed in St. Louis. A lunch lifts her spirits and provides insight on happiness.
AUGUSTINE: CONVERSIONS TO CONFESSIONS
By Robin Lane Fox
Published by Basic Books, $35
Augustine: Conversions to Confessions may be informative to the nth degree, but it's not dense. Robin Lane Fox says he wrote this biography for all readers -- even those in a post-Christian age who do not share Augustine's religious beliefs.
During a cross-country road trip, I stayed in a retreat house with shared bathrooms, and I almost instantly conceived a violent resentment against the person with whom I shared mine.
If your experience has been similar to mine, you may recall that when you were incorporated into the life of Christ and the life of the church through the sacraments of initiation, you were called a "soldier for Christ." As such, we were expected to be staunch defenders of the faith.
At the Intersection: Nudges toward the new and calls for change are challenging for people who cling to tradition and to nostalgic ideals of the past.