Take and Read: Reading this 'modern' theologian assigned new meaning to the Gospel, lifted me to a higher world and gave me the taste for the spiritual life.
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.
You've probably seen NCR's article about lay groups in Albany, N.Y., and Greensburg, Pa., that hope to have input on the search for their bishop. U.S. Catholic is hosting a "Sounding Board" survey asking the question: Should laypeople have a role in choosing their bishop?
Two East Coast Catholic groups, emboldened by the vision of Vatican II, are advocating for lay participation in the selection of bishops.