Anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. spiked 21 percent last year, unsettling many American Jews who thought hatred of Jews and Judaism was on the decline at home.
Faith & Parish
Congregations in New York City that rent space in public schools will be able to hold Easter services this Sunday despite a ruling on Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court rejecting an appeal from an evangelical church in the Bronx that sought to overturn a ban on after-hours worship services at public schools.
A spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio also said the mayor would work to ensure that houses of worship could continue to rent space like any other group.
Cardinal Francis George, retired archbishop of Chicago, has been readmitted to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment of hydration issues and pain management, according to archdiocesan spokeswoman Susan Burritt.
In a brief statement Saturday, Burritt said the cardinal had requested the update about his health be released. "He asks for and is grateful for your continued prayers," she added.
No further information was available.
Celebrations in Gallup, N.M., have proven to be few and subdued as the legacy of clergy sex abuse continues to cast a long shadow across the diocese.
We say: The WASPish presumptions that undergirded 200 years of cultural cohesion are fading under the pressure of an unprecedented pluralism.
During what one participant described as an "explosive" meeting, the San Francisco archdiocese's Council of Priests addressed Fr. Joseph Illo's changes to Star of the Sea parish.
Fr. Joseph Illo has introduced several changes to Star of the Sea School since his arrival, including banning girls from serving at the altar during Mass.
A California Senate committee vote Wednesday approving physician-assisted suicide in the state received a swift and disapproving response from the executive director of the California Catholic Conference.
The vote by the Senate Health Committee is "sad and disappointing," said CCC executive director Ned Dolejsi. Senate Bill 128, endorsed by the committee in a 6-2 vote, now goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee. If approved there, it will be debated by the full Senate. The Assembly will hold its own hearings on "right to die" legislation.
Eco Catholic: "If the church is able to help somebody with something, that's kind of like what we feel we should be doing."
Pope Francis appears more popular than ever among U.S. Catholics. One researcher may have found some signs, albeit tentative, of an incipient "Francis effect."