Faith and Justice: Youth, religious freedom, health care, immigration -- the bishops discussed important matters at their meeting. How much progress they made is another issue.
Journalism has always been a sacred mission for me. That mission began in Vietnam and has continued through my career, most fittingly at NCR for over 35 years.
Republican Senators have deliberately decided to Do Harm. Their sham of a health care "replacement" bill takes cold blooded aim at depriving medical treatment for millions of the poorest among us. This is no unintended consequence but a direct shot at destroying human well-being. Much political strategy is murkier and legitimately arguable. This isn't. It's a despicable selling out to cruelty and greed. Taking away health care is terrible enough, but using those cuts to fund a massive tax bundle to the rich multiplies the wrong doing.
It is with the greatest sadness that we learned Archbishop John Quinn died suddenly this morning. He took ill in November had just gotten out of the hospital so all of his friends were hoping he was on his way to a full recovery, and the final edits of a forthcoming book. He was a giant. He was also the most faithful reader of this blog. In his memory, listen to Mirella Freni singing the "Libera me" from Verdi's Requiem:
Initial reaction from religious leaders was negative to the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate's health care reform measure that was unveiled June 22 in "discussion draft" form by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky.
Thomas Fox received the Bishop John England Award on June 22 from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada, the association's highest honor for publishers.
Church leaders have expressed solidarity with ethnic Gorkha people who are on an indefinite strike protesting for a separate homeland in the Darjeeling area of eastern India.
Zambia's bishops' conference joined other faith leaders in deploring worsening tensions in the east African country, accusing its president of intimidating opponents and silencing the media.
Federal budget: While the national debt needs addressing, "the most vulnerable should not carry the burden of solving this challenge," says statement from ecumenical group of Christian leaders.
The Peace Pulpit: Look at that person and see Jesus, not the host. Yes, Jesus is present, but even more important, in our brothers and sisters, especially those who are in need.
Young Voices: With Pentecost recently celebrated, I've been thinking about charisms, particularly gifts of the Holy Spirit given to the faithful for the common good and the benefit of the church.
The Field Hospital: In the hills above Tucson, Arizona, at the Redemptorist Renewal Center, our group of priests, former priests and seminarians gather to bury our friend's ashes.
In Dadaab, the world's largest refugee complex, Somali refugees are caught in a very delicate and complex situation and Bishop Joseph Alessandro of Garissa, Kenya, is determined to help the world understand their plight.
In no U.S. religious group does a majority think it's acceptable for businesspeople to invoke their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays.
Senate healthcare bill expected to cut back Medicaid expansion; Sprituality, ecology and science form Web of Life; Trump to visit UK despite omission in queen's speech
Distinctly Catholic: There is no moral equivalence between the two major political parties from the standpoint of Catholic social teaching.
Just Catholic: So-called medically assisted suicide is catching on. Has civilization lost its collective mind?
Our government once expected school children to believe that dropping to the floor and putting our heads under our desks would save us during a nuclear war.
Pope Francis: Being a saint doesn't require spending long hours in prayer, but rather living life open to God in good times and in bad.
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the chairmen of the bishops' migration and international policy committees urged Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly to defer deportation of Chaldean Christians and others arrested June 11.
Pope Francis has donated about $500,000 dollars to church charities in the violence-afflicted country to show solidarity.
The Field Hospital: Nearly two-thirds of the Memphis Diocese's active priests are being reassigned; California parish remembers Orlando victims; altar goes to synagogue.
At the Washington Post, James Hohmann looks at the fallout from last night's special election in GA-6. The Democrat Jon Ossoff centered his campaign around the themes of civility and moderation. He lost.
Evangelical Christian leaders are spearheading a campaign for criminal justice reform, calling for equitable punishment, alternatives to incarceration and a different take on the "tough on crime" language of the Trump administration.