Pressed on whether women are 'forever' barred from priesthood during in-flight press conference, Francis says, 'The last word is clear,' citing St. John Paul II.
Pope John Paul II
Faith and Justice: What Pope Francis and his Council of Cardinals are trying to do to the Roman Curia is a reorganization plan to gently downsize the Vatican.
Commentary: As we reflect on the suffering and death of Jesus at the hands of the state, the death penalty remains a profound injustice.
At women's ordination conference. Sr. Kane says, "Pope Francis, to listen to the women of our church and world who cry out in anguish."
Analysis: Bishop Emeritus Geoffrey Robinson appeared Aug. 24 before the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to testify to the prevalence of clergy sexual abuse.
Making a Difference: Many Catholics, as well as many other Christians, hold inconsistent opinions regarding the protection of life.
I've already reflected on the prophetic edge of Ladauto Si'; now I'd like to balance that reflection by considering its extraordinary positive contribution to Christian spirituality. I'll do so with a mind to its audience -- or, as the case may be, its audiences.
With its release, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment will be the first such document to focus exclusively on issues of ecology and humans’ place within and relationship with God’s creation.
While Francis’ document has sparked renewed interest in this area, Catholics have a history of valuing creation. Its care is one of the strands of Catholic social teaching -- along with maintaining the dignity of all people, the common good, and peace and reconciliation -- present across the fabric of our history.
NCR Today: The question of women priests has been decided infallibly by competent church authority. I contend that that argument is dead wrong. Even a quick review of the facts reveals its flaws.