Viewpoint: During the Year of Mercy, Catholics can become better acquainted with God's mercy by deliberately encountering Islam, another religion that takes God's mercy as its central focus.
Viewpoint: As a Catholic who teaches courses on Islam, I'm interested in Muslim-Christian relations. Which makes Indonesia my favorite place for fieldwork.
Viewpoint: I never decided to be baptized, go to Catholic school, go to confession, go to Communion, get confirmed. It was who we were.
Viewpoint: Two billion people lack access to essential medicines that would alleviate their suffering or even save their lives, resulting in 10 million deaths each year.
Bernie Sanders is a climber -- not a social climber, for sure, but a poll climber, rising steadily as his unapologetic liberalism attracts donors with money and supporters with zeal. Within hours of announcing his campaign for the presidency, $1.5 million poured in, most of that in small sums, and 175,000 volunteers signed up. Polls now show him besting Hillary Clinton, with the rest of the Democratic field gasping in the air of irrelevance.
Viewpoint: There is a case for allowing divorced and remarried Catholics, in certain cases, to continue to receive the sacraments. Valid issues on both sides need to be addressed.
Viewpoint: The United Nations' sustainable development goals seek to moderate rather than transform the economic development model that has caused potentially catastrophic environmental harm.
During the coming months leading up to the October Synod of Bishops on the family, the participants will be wrestling with the issue of denial of Eucharist to divorced and remarried Catholics. It is important that their reflection take its direction from the right starting place. Otherwise, the process and its outcome could be skewed from the outset.
I would suggest that they should begin, not from abstract concepts, nor from present canon law, but rather from evidence of a sentiment widely shared among church members around the globe.
Pope Francis has called for new ways for the journey of faith of the pilgrim people of God. By exercising the collegiality envisioned by the Second Vatican Council, he has encouraged the Synod of Bishops on the family to participate in open discussions on the various issues. As we await the second session of this synod, it seems particularly valuable to benefit from the 2014 document issued by the International Theological Commission, "Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church."
Editorial: Despite the salutary outcome of the LCWR investigation and the earlier investigation of U.S. women religious generally, several institutional realities regarding the Vatican's attitudes toward women remain unchanged.