NCR Today: An insistence that everyone must do the same thing at all times serves no one.
Faith and Justice: "If you build it, they will come" was the belief of church leaders in the past. A new study indicates that's becoming less true today.
Viewpoint: Give qualified laypersons real authority to lead faith communities. This could shift emphasis of pastoral leadership towards preaching the kingdom.
The Field Hospital: Bishop John Doerfler’s initiative aims for chants at Mass and approved hymnal in all parishes by 2020.
Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi issued a statement July 11 indicating Pope Francis met with Cardinal Robert Sarah July 9 to indicate no liturgical directives will begin in Advent.
NCR Today: People come to church to celebrate the Eucharist, not to watch a show or pray their private prayers. They come to pray together.
Young Voices: Our infant daughter's own version of believing without seeing changed the way I heard the Gospel passage about doubting Thomas.
Allowing priests to celebrate Mass in the language of the local congregation rather than in Latin allowed the faithful to understand and be encouraged by the word of God, Pope Francis said.
"You cannot turn back. We have to always go forward, always forward and who goes back is making a mistake," he told parishioners after commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first time a pope celebrated Mass in the vernacular following the Second Vatican Council.
Conversations with Sr. Camille: Fr. Michael Perry loves breaking bread -- both for meals and at Mass: "All food to me is an echo of the Eucharist."
However, the sign of peace can be omitted "if it is foreseen that it will not take place properly."