Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said he has been surprised by the uproar generated by the handbook insertion.
Faith & Parish
NCR Today: If you found the official survey on family life presented to Catholics difficult to answer, try the survey prepared by Strong Catholic Families.
Essay: I have chosen to be honest about my journey of faith as a gay Catholic person. Like all Christians, we LGBT Catholics need the church's ministry.
There are not a lot of options for Catholics whose dioceses are not seeking input for the Vatican's synod questionnaire.
Analysis: With most diocesan priest pension plans significantly underfunded, questions over where the money comes from to support priests may point to a major crisis in the making.
A new report from the Liberty Institute in Plano, Texas, shows that incidents of "religious hostility" have more than doubled in the United States over the past three years.
The report, "Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America, 2014 Edition," chronicles a series of more than 1,300 court cases recently handled or monitored by the institute, a nonprofit legal group that represents plaintiffs who feel their religious liberty has been violated.
Officials for the World Meeting of Families this year in Philadelphia announced Friday that $30 million in cash and in-kind donations has been raised to support the four-day event Sept. 22-25, capped by the visit of Pope Francis.
The congress will welcome top speakers and participants, Catholic and non-Catholic, from across the United States and the world to discuss ways of strengthening and supporting families and the challenges they face.
A NCR investigation of websites and online publications found that roughly 52 percent of Latin-rite archdioceses and dioceses have begun to gather information in some capacity.
An empty school building in midtown Kansas City, Mo., has become the subject of a heated debate between its next-door parish and the local bishop.
Nadia Bulkin, 27, the daughter of a Muslim father and a Christian mother, spends "zero time" thinking about God.
And she finds that among her friends -- both guys and gals -- many are just as spiritually disconnected.
Surveys have long shown women lead more active lives of faith than men, and that millennials are less interested than earlier generations. One in three now claim no religious identity.