Commentary: Bishop Michael Bransfield's response to Pope Francis' encyclical seems less informed by the pope's pastoral statements than by coal industry talking points.
Faith & Parish
A Roman Catholic priest whose charges of sexual abuse of a boy were dropped this month has filed a federal lawsuit claiming he was unfairly targeted by police, the city and advocates for sexual abuse victims.
Fr. Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang claims in the suit filed Thursday in St. Louis that false abuse accusations were the result of religious and ethnic discrimination. The suit says he was denied due process under the Constitution and defamed by a group that seeks justice for victims of abuse by priests.
Noting the pope's "immense popularity," Cardindal Donald Wuerl called the Washington visit "an exciting time for this archdiocese, the church in the United States and this city."
The Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered a Ten Commandments monument removed from the state Capitol grounds Tuesday, three years after its installation sparked a religious feud.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma first filed a lawsuit challenging the monument's constitutionality in 2013.
The U.S. Catholic church should not react stridently following the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage, Archbishop Blase Cupich said.
Pope Francis is bringing "a sense of mercy, a sense of joy, a sense of accepting people where they are" to the church, Bishop Robert McElroy says.
Thousands of mourners stood together for hours on a brutally hot day, waiting patiently for the chance to pay their respects.
Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apologized in court Wednesday for "the suffering that I've caused" in the April 2013 attack that killed three people and wounded hundreds.
Tsarnaev said in a shaky voice that he was guilty and that he prays for the victims.
"I am sorry for the lives that I've taken, for the suffering that I've caused you, for the damage that I've done -- irreparable damage," he said, breaking more than two years of public silence.
"I pray for your relief, for your healing," he added.
"Before technology, we were called to be communicators of good news. ... The church should be rooted in this inheritance."
We're gung-ho for the idea that the United States has a special status with God, and we're almost always proud of our nation.
But a new survey finds our flag-waving, all-American Fourth of July celebrations are also tempered by concerns that the nation isn't the moral leader it once was, that Christians face discrimination here at home and that some people aren't "truly American."