Appreciation: Fr. Charles Curran remembers the late federal judge whose wide-ranging scholarship brought him into the debate over Catholic teaching against contraception.
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Michael Novak, a Catholic theologian and former NCR contributor, died Feb. 17 at his home in Washington. He was 83.
After years of criticizing Catholic colleges and universities for alleged secularization, the founder of the Cardinal Newman Society claimed to see the secular trend reversing, during a recent forum.
Health care under Trump presidency: With the GOP controlling Congress, leaders in Catholic health care are concerned about a probable repeal of Obamacare without a sufficient replacement.
We say: We must dig deep into our Catholic social teachings to re-establish our foundations. We must stand with the working class, the elderly, children and the poor.
Church and labor leaders, including Bishop Robert McElroy and Cardinal Sean O'Malley, discussed consumerism, workers' rights and other issues at the conference "Erroneous Autonomy: The Dignity of Work."
Panelists from Catholic University of America, Public Religion Research Institute and Voto Latino spoke Monday about modern Catholics' political leanings, and how that reflects wider populace trends.
"Some people will be disappointed because he won't change church teachings. Nonetheless, Francis has left the door ajar," said Curran in a recent speech.
"The efforts to stand together on behalf of all human development ... are the new picket lines of today," the cardinal said at a conference at AFL-CIO headquarters.
By listening to people's suffering, joys and daily endeavors, Catholics bring the vision of the Second Vatican Council to the world, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, told an audience at The Catholic University of America.