The National Catholic Review

In All Things

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Chicago's Cardinal Francis George passed away today after a long battle with cancer. George had been on home care since April 3 after being hospitalized late last month for hydration and pain management issues.

    Archbishop Blase Cupich confirmed the cardinal’s passing this afternoon. "A man of peace, tenacity and courage has been called home to the Lord," he said. "Our beloved Cardinal George passed away today at 10:45 a.m. at the Residence."

  • 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.

  • As part of protests across the United States for a higher minimum wage yesterday, adjunct professors from Seattle University were among the 21 people arrested in a sit-in that blocked an intersection in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. The professors made common cause with the fast-food, retail, and service workers who have been far more visible in the struggles for higher pay, but who...

  • Robert McElroy was installed yesterday as bishop of San Diego. Below is the complete homily (a Spanish version here) from his installation Mass:

  • LCWR leaders meet with Pope Francis today.

    The Vatican’s “mandate,” in which it oversaw the running of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, has ended—two years earlier than anticipated.  In a joint statement today from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the LCWR, both parties said that the goal of the oversight had been “accomplished.”

  • America is pleased to co-sponsor "From Nuclear Deterrence to Disarmament: Evolving Catholic Perspectives." 

    Thursday, May 7, 2015

    6:00-8:00 pm

    Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
    170 East 64th Street, New York, NY 10065


    Desmond Browne, vice chairman, Nuclear Threat Initiative

    Rev. Bryan Hehir, Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor...

  • The Vatican is set to host a major conference on climate change this month that will feature leading researchers on global warming and an opening address by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

    The meeting, which the Vatican detailed on its website on April 14, is another sign of Pope Francis’ “green agenda” and another potential red flag for conservatives who are already alarmed over an expected papal teaching document on the environment that is scheduled for release this summer.