Christians have a role in countering European populism, but as European politics fragment, not everyone is convinced populism can be deflected by condemnations.
Some Eastern European bishops are expressing reluctance to welcome refugees, or urging that displaced Christians be given preferential treatment, or remaining silent on the refugee crisis in Europe.
According to two extensive recent opinion polls, majorities across Europe are deeply concerned about Muslim immigration and support an immediate end to it, even as Europeans vastly overestimate the actual Muslim populations of their countries.
NCR Today: Cardinal Müller says the Vatican will not reply to four cardinals' letter questioning the document. Meanwhile, the Roman Rota dean calls publishing the letter a "slap in the face."
Distinctly Catholic: I share Francis' criticisms of neo-liberalism. But, as someone recently told me, "It aimed at a moral ideal. What will replace it might be very dark and dangerous."
Across Germany, Poland, France and Russia, bishops, prelates and other commentators offered contrasting outlooks on Donald Trump's U.S. presidential election.
Regensburg, Germany -- Ten years after pope's controversial address about Islam, Vatican's doctrine chief recalls it as a manifesto of dialogue.
"For Pope Francis, a liquid economy goes hand-in-hand with a throwaway culture. This is the ultimate economy of exclusion," said Cardinal Peter Turkson at a conference Tuesday.
NCR Today: "When you are with them in the field you see that all these people are human beings. ... They just need a hand to walk next to them."
NCR Today: Keeping up with politics is difficult when your 16-month-old granddaughter is with you, even on vacation in Austria.