The Field Hospital is NCR's reporting on parish life in the United States.
"I see clearly that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal the wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful. It needs nearness, proximity. I see the church as a field hospital after battle.
"It is useless to ask a seriously wounded person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars. You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else." - Pope Francis
"The image of the church as a field hospital points to the reality that the church is never remote from human experience, never self-referential if it is to be faithful to its mission. Rather the church must always be enmeshed in the real lives and sufferings and challenges and joys of the people of God and the whole of humanity." - San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy
The Field Hospital: Known as a sanctuary congregation in the 1980s, St. William Church committed in October "to support the leadership of immigrant-led groups who work diligently to establish justice for all."
Canon law about priestly status was cited for the removal of former priest Kevin McGloin and inactive priest John Konicek as members of the staff of St. Patrick Catholic Community in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The Field Hospital: Pastor of two parishes in the Steubenville Diocese, Fr. David Cornett has a gift for languages and the initiative to do what he can to bring the Gospel message to more people, in this case, members of the deaf community.
The Field Hospital: Over two months, about 250 young Catholics took part in the Young Adult Synod in San Diego, and on Nov. 9, about 150 participants gathered to make their proposals at the final synod session.