Congratulations to Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ

I am taking a short break from my vacation to share this NCR story about Professor Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ’s acceptance speech at this week’s LCWR annual assembly on the occasion of her having received this year’s Outstanding Leadership Award. Her remarks (those made public in new reports, the full text has not yet been made available) […]

Reconsidering Our Ecclesiastical Priorities: Penance and Social Justice

Reports out of the Fall USCCB assembly have been mixed, to say the least. News outlets and social-media sources have effectively reported on some of the more controversial statements, discussions, proposed texts, and documents to be the subject of consideration in Baltimore in recent days. To be fair, not everything has been negative. Take, for […]

US Bishops, Nuns Agree: Romney, Ryan Budget ‘Fails Moral Test’

The day after the LCWR completes its annual meeting the GOP presumptive nominee for president of the United States, Mitt Romney, announced that he has selected Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to be his VP running mate. What is interesting about this announcement is that one of the few things about which the United States Bishops […]

PEW Study: Catholics More Satisfied with Leadership of Religious Sisters than of American Bishops

In a very interesting report recently released by the PEW Forum on Religion & Public Life, which covers a variety of issues ecclesiastical and political in nature concerning Roman Catholic views in the United States, shows that 83% of those polled are “Satisfied with leadership of ‘U.S. Nuns, Sisters,’” while only 70% are “Satisfied with […]

The Constitution, the ‘Fortnight’ and Questions of Religious Liberty

Apart from a few well-publicized events like the liturgies televised at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, and a few events that seem to appear in YouTube videos of smallish crowds gathering in front of clergy, did anything happen with the “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign? In the current […]

The Need for Discussion and Debate Among Church Leaders

Few people seem to remember what the early Church was like. I mean the EARLY Church. Go back and look at the Acts of the Apostles, the Letters of Paul, the evangelists’ accounts of the Good News of Jesus, the non-canonical sources and so on. Discussion and debate permeated the style of leadership of the early […]

Archbishop Dolan’s Words of Challenge and Inspiration

After yesterday’s post here on, some might think (as one of the commenters on that post does) that I don’t believe anything good could come from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) meeting. But that’s not true. On the contrary, though I may be respectfully critical of the leadership of the Church that […]