Irish clerical abuse survivor Marie Collins, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, spoke to NCR and called Vatican bureaucracy "very difficult."
Distinctly Catholic: Let's look at what 2016 might hold for the Catholic church -- shakeups in the Curia, a consistory and an apostolic exhortation.
NCR Editorial: Where is our country's compassion for the millions of displaced Syrians and peace-loving Muslims?
Eco Catholic: A pope-endorsed petition seeking Catholic support for substantial climate change action has netted its most prominent signer from the U.S. church hierarchy -- Cardinal Sean O'Malley.
Simply Spirit: When Francis comes to the U.S., hopefully he will listen to faithful Catholics in New York and Philadelphia fighting to save parishes that provide hope and stability.
The co-president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War hopes Pope Francis will call for the abolition of all nuclear weapons when he addresses Congress in September.
Making a difference: When one considers the ways human beings are treated like disposable products it's hard to imagine how much worse it can get for the poor and vulnerable.
Cardinal Sean O'Malley urged senators to take federal money that goes to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and instead fund women's health care providers that do not promote abortion.
Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley said that Planned Parenthood officials' videotaped descriptions of how fetal tissue and organs are procured for researchers during abortions illustrates what Pope Francis calls today's "throwaway culture."
The officials also discuss what the organization charges for the body parts, which opponents of Planned Parenthood said violates federal law and the organization said are customary handling fees paid by research labs.
"As the largest association of Catholic priests in the United States, we endorse the bishops' stance," said the chair of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests.