Retired Pope Benedict XVI reveals that he was among those who were dissatisfied with Pope Paul VI's 1968 teaching prohibiting Catholics from using artificial birth control.
Appreciation: So many of us saw in Dick McBrien a genuine spokesman for our ideas and aspirations about a church styled with Second Vatican Council ideals.
NCR Today: Defenders of orthodoxy seem to assume that many mainstream Catholics disagree with official teaching because they don't know what they're talking about. How condescending.
The church's celebration of Pentecost highlights the "life-changing power of God's presence" believers receive through the Holy Spirit, said Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
Although the feast, celebrated June 8, doesn't look as it did in the apostles' time -- with the roar of wind and tongues of fire -- the cardinal said it serves as a reminder of the outpouring of God's spirit long ago and continuously.
"The Holy Spirit comes regularly" and is "active in the church today," he said.
I've always had a problem with the idea that Jesus had to die so terribly in order to make satisfaction for the sins of humanity. And it gets my attention every Holy Week, when we concentrate for six days on Jesus' passion and death and the horrors of his crucifixion.
Just Catholic: The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed! Go tell your bishop. While you're there, let him know that Jesus first appeared to a woman.
Distinctly Catholic: If you're looking for something to focus your prayer this Holy Week, pick up this little book by Fr. Robert Imbelli.
NCR Today: Pope Francis inspires so many around the globe because he acts like a Christian should act. Not a bad starting point for some Catholic leaders to follow.