The National Catholic Review


  • Following up on remarks to “60 Minutes” about the clergy sex abuse crisis and other controversial topics, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley has stressed that the Catholic Church needs a system to hold bishops accountable and must “avoid crowd-based condemnations.”

  • Michele and Vinny Arbogast of New York were devastated when their son Kyle was diagnosed with autism as he struggled to speak as a toddler nearly a decade ago.

    “Autism turns your world upside down,” Michele Arbogast said. “It affects every member of the family.”

    Kyle is now 10 and one of an estimated 70 million people affected by the disorder around the world.

    This week, he traveled to Rome with his twin sister, Jacqueline, and the rest of his family for the first-ever...

  • President Obama’s plan to essentially freeze most deportations for people who are resident and working in the United States would protect as many as 4.4 million people and their families. Nearly two million others are already shielded from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which will continue.

  • The Catholic Church calls for the creation of job opportunities and the recognition of the dignity of the poor, not simply for more handouts or expanded government welfare programs, Pope Francis said.

    Acknowledging the dignity of every person, he said, requires a lot more than charity; it means devoting energy and imagination to creating jobs and opportunities for them to use their talents to feed their families.

  • As millions of immigrants celebrate the possibility of protection from deportation under a new Obama administration plan, among those who cannot take advantage of it will be the 68,445 families and 68,541 unaccompanied minors who were apprehended at the border in the last fiscal year.

  • While the timing of the grand jury decision involving the Michael Brown shooting remained uncertain, Catholic schools in the Ferguson area were already prepared in case the ruling comes down with classes in session.

    "We have our safety plan in place," said Addie Govero, the principal at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School.

    Blessed Teresa is about two miles from the site of Brown's death and subsequent unrest. Our Lady of Guadalupe School is only slightly farther away—about two...

  • A table spread with the components of Thanksgiving dinner, with the White House as a backdrop, set the scene on Nov. 19 for what will turn out to be a last-minute pitch to the president to protect some of the nation's 11 million immigrants who are in the country illegally.

    Shortly before the White House said President Barack Obama would announce executive actions on immigration the following day, advocates for immigration reform set a folding table in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue...

  • In two letters to members of Congress, the chairmen of four committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged action to protect the poor and to enact conscience protections for medical workers and insurers.

    A third letter by the chairmen of two other committees encouraged the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in backing increases in funding for the E-Rate program, which supports Internet access in schools.

  • The Catholic Church in Pakistan has presented a series of demands to the government, calling for a fair and thorough investigation into the beatings and burning of a young Christian couple accused of desecrating the Quran.

    In a so-called Charter of Demands sent to top government officials Nov. 17, church leaders said they were seeking to curb the misuse of Pakistan's blasphemy law against religious minorities.

    The charter also urges the government to act on the misuse of...

  • Pope Francis condemned the "unacceptable episodes of violence" in Jerusalem, episodes that "do not spare even places of worship," after an attack in a synagogue left four worshippers, a policeman and the two attackers dead.

    At the end of his general audience Nov. 19, the day after the attack on the synagogue, Pope Francis said he was following "with concern the alarming increase of tensions in Jerusalem and other areas of the Holy Land."