The National Catholic Review


  • Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn from his post as pastor of the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri. The bishop was the first Catholic prelate to be convicted by a civil court in the United States for the criminal ‘misdemeanor’ of not reporting a priest who was a danger to children.

  • When I first spotted David Brooks’s “A Moral Bucket List,” an excerpt from his new book on morality, The Road to Character, which appeared in the New York Times (Apr 12), I zipped through it quickly without giving it a chance to sink in. Today’s letters page (Apr 19) with 8 responses sent me back to a slow reading of the original.

  • Gun laws and gay rights notwithstanding, perhaps the biggest differences among the 50 states have to do with how they fund themselves. In Oregon, an individual income tax pays for most services, which puts more of a burden on high-income households. Next door in Washington, sales taxes pay for most everything, which punishes families that spend more of their income (i.e., the poor) and rewards those who can park more of their money in savings or investments.

  • In the latest in a series of recent conflicts, on Thursday 100 prominent San Franciscans placed a full-page advertisement in the San Francisco Chronicle asking Pope Francis to remove San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone.

  • Cambridge, MA. Here in the Boston, as in many other cities around the country, the Church is of necessity rethinking parish structures, often drawing parishes together in collaboratives. Much of this has to do with the declining number of priests and diminishing congregations. Yet this rethinking, despite all the problems it raises, also presents an opportunity to think about how small Christian communities — including parishes — can best fulfill their mission.

  • The national Catholic community is remembering Cardinal Francis George, who passed away Friday, as a man of  intelligence, scholarship, and leadership skills – with an often acerbic wit and penchant for controversial comments. But for many of Chicago’s 2.3 million Catholics, George is a man who touched their lives personally in his 17 years as their spiritual leader.

  • The morning of April 22, 1915, French and Canadian soldiers were immovably entrenched to the north of Ypres, a Belgian city in the Flemish province of West Flanders.  They saw a strange, green-yellow cloud form above the opposing German trenches. It then billowed across no man’s land into their ranks. As the cloud engulfed them, they experienced a burning sensation in their throats and intolerable choking. Within seconds, men were writhing in their death agonies, vomiting blood and mucus; a...

  • I’m so proud of my brother Jesuit, Damian Torres-Botello, SJ, for speaking out on an important issue in our church: the welcome of LGBT men and women. I’m also proud of him for openly admitting that he himself is gay. While such an admission is commonplace in some circles, Damian’s public statement—in this case online—is rare. Why? Not because of any aversion to honesty in the religious orders and the priesthood.

  • A procession of youths makes its way to Sunday Mass at St. Joseph's Church in Mutungulu, Kenya. (CNS file photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec)

    Last month I published a number of articles about the surveys being used to gather information from Catholics...

  • Commencement season is nearing, and colleges and universities have started to announce their choices for who will send off their graduating classes with wisdom for the ages -- or at least for the afternoon. Who is speaking at Catholic colleges and universities? Here is a list of some Catholic schools that have published their speaker selections (I will update once more have been announced).


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