The Field Hospital: Jesuit parish to focus on human trafficking; politics in a church bulletin; "returning citizens" tell their stories; Home Starter Kit helps flood victims.
Choice for president will send a message about whether the episcopate "is sticking to its old playbook or is deciding for dramatic change," says one observer.
Working groups offer "a promising model for healing and bridge-building ... and the American church needs this desperately," says one adviser to the diocesan family synod.
Faith and Justice: The November meeting of the USCCB is an opportunity for the bishops to get with the Francis program instead of rubber stamping their same old, tired agenda.
Distinctly Catholic: The USCCB has been largely pursuing a culture warrior agenda that has served the Church very badly, tempting some Catholics to give up on the conference.
Updated with video: As groundbreaking synod ends, diocesan leaders look to address what Bishop McElroy calls the US church's "great pastoral crisis and challenge."
Updated with video: The San Diego diocese held a synod process Oct. 29-30 to develop achievable ways to implement Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, in daily church life.
Bishop Robert McElroy said the Catholic community was saddened by the shooting death of Alfred Olango of El Cajon during a confrontation with police officers Sept. 27.
Parish Diary: My friend Fr. Henry Rodriguez died suddenly last month. He was always a pastor and a priest, but his ministry did not stop at the church door.
NCR Editorial: As Catholics, we would advise putting families and job creation at the heart of the domestic agenda.