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: Kathy Hendricks, an experienced parish minister who served parishioners in Littleton, Colorado, when the Columbine High School shooting took place in 1999, says parishes need to prepare for crises.
The Field Hospital: A checklist helps parishes discern whether they are welcoming of those with disabilities; Catholics in Fresno warned of phony funerals; a new documentary on the African-American Catholic experience