Cardinal voices openness to re-introducing women deacons

In a wide-ranging interview, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna also says Pope Francis is “full of energy” and in “no way thinking of retiring”. By Christa Pongratz-Lippitt in La Croix, April 13, 2017 Cardinal Christoph Schönborn/GuentherZ/Wikipedia Cardinal Christoph Schönborn OP has voiced cautious openness towards re-introducing the female diaconate in the Western Church, saying it was […]

MLK Called for a “Radical Revolution of Values”

Striking sanitation workers in Memphis carried signs reading, “I Am a Man.” This was the Black Lives Matter declaration of 1968. By Barbara Ransby, In These Times, 4 April 2017 50 years ago today, King blasted militarism, racism and poverty in his “Beyond Vietnam” speech. The new Beyond the Moment campaign carries forward his radical vision. […]

Global Forum of the People of God and Global Council Network (GCN) working together to further the dream of a just, inclusive church engaged in the modern world

Hi all!  A team of Brazilians who are planning a meeting of reform-minded Catholics to be held in Brazil in November, 2018. This meeting is called the Global Forum of the People of God and is sponsored by another global Catholic reform group called Global Council Network (GCN). CCRI and GCN work together with a shared vision of uniting […]

Notes from Caring for Creation: The Evangelical’s Guide to Climate Change and a Healthy Environment by Paul Douglas and Mitch Hescox

Rev. Mitch Hescox has worked in the coal industry along with his whole family, for generations.  Here he and a meterologist, another person of faith, write about how conservatives can support action on climate change.  Indeed, Rev. Hescox and his partners got 50,000 fellow pro-life conservative evangelicals to join them in Texas, calling for 100% […]

Developing an ethic of sustainability

The following may be used in thinking about a framework for an upcoming series of webinars sponsored by the Global Ethics Forum, CatholicNetwork and the Catholic Worker. From The Ethics of Sustainability The best known definition of sustainability is the one stated in Our Common Future, more commonly known as the Brundtland Report: “..meeting the […]

Cardinal’s plan for laypeople to lead parishes

Parish clustering is no answer to priest shortage, says German Cardinal Reinard Marx, a top aide and advisor to Pope Francis.  By Christa Pongratz-Lippitt, La Croix, 27 March 2017 Cardinal Reinhard Marx / Wolfgang Roucka / Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 3.0 Cardinal Reinhard Marx has announced plans to allow laypeople in his Archdiocese of Munich to lead parishes where there […]