The National Catholic Review

Signs Of the Times

  • As a young seminarian in the 1960s, the Rev. Robert Rosebrough marched for civil rights. For most of his 46 years as a priest, he has worked in inner-city parishes. His parish, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta is in Ferguson, Mo., a short distance from where a white police officer shot an unarmed African American teenager last August.

  • December 1, 2014

    Pope Francis has established a special body within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to speed up the process of hearing and ruling on appeals filed by priests laicized or otherwise disciplined in sexual abuse or other serious cases. Federico Lombardi, S.J., the Vatican spokesperson, told reporters on Nov. 11 that the members of the doctrinal congregation had been examining an average of four or five appeals, mostly in sexual abuse cases, at each...

  • December 1, 2014

    Catholic Relief Services committed an additional $1.5 million to programs aimed at countering Ebola in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea in November. The money is being used to train heath workers, ensure safe and dignified burials, develop and implement prevention awareness campaigns, maintain local Catholic health facilities and provide food to those in need. Speaking from Senegal on Nov.

  • December 1, 2014

    Commenting on the deaths of 13 young mothers at government-run sterilization camps in India’s central Chhattisgarh State on Nov. 12, Archbishop Prakash Mallavarapu said the guilty should be punished, but “the systemic faults behind this tragedy must be exposed and corrected.” • Drawing on the teachings of Pope Francis, the theme of the 2015 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering on Feb. 7 to 10 in Washington, D.C., will be “To Go Forth:...

  • December 1, 2014

    South Africa’s Parliamentary portfolio committee on justice and correctional service heard that the Office of the Public Protector, the constitutionally created watchdog on public affairs oversight, was insolvent. According to reports, the office’s assets were valued at just under R1 million (roughly U.S. $100,000) with debts accrued around R40 million (about U.S. $4 million).

  • December 1, 2014

    Obama administration moves on immigration were drawing attention and pre-emptive opposition from Republican lawmakers, who will soon control Congress when the lame duck session ends in January. President Barack Obama was poised in mid-November to unveil a series of executive actions on immigration that will shield from deportation as many as five or six million immigrants now living in the United States without documentation. House Speaker John A.

  • December 1, 2014

    Is the “Francis effect” slowing the diminishment of Latin America’s Catholic population? A new survey from the Pew Research Center suggests cause for hope, but reports it is too soon to tell.

  • December 1, 2014

    As world leaders prepared to meet in Australia on Nov. 15-16 to continue looking at ways to improve the global economy, Pope Francis asked them “not to forget that many lives are at stake” behind their discussions and decisions. The measure of success of the Group of 20 heavily industrialized and emerging-market countries will be found not in statistics but in “real improvements in the living conditions of poorer families and the reduction of all forms of...

  • November 24, 2014

    The Mexican government delayed investigations into the enforced disappearances of 43 students in Iguala, Guerrero State, and the killing of 22 people in Tlatlaya, Mexico State, the New York-based Human Rights Watch alleged in a report released on Nov. 7. In the Tlatlaya case, state prosecutors sought to cover up military wrongdoing by coercing false testimony from witnesses.

  • November 24, 2014

    According to data collected in October by the Chaldean Diocese of Erbil, there are more than 10,000 Christian families who have found refuge in the suburbs of Erbil and other parts of Iraqi Kurdistan after fleeing Mosul and the cities of the Nineveh Plain before the advance of Islamic State militants. The local church wishes to use the refugee census to create a database to monitor and update the distribution of family units in the different areas and...