Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces rejected the claims of an advertisement in the local Las Cruces Sun-News daily newspaper that maligned the work of an interfaith group funded by a Catholic Campaign for Human Development grant to raise the city's minimum wage.
Faith & Parish
Meet the "Post-Seculars" -- the one in five Americans who seem to have gone unnoticed before in endless rounds of debates pitting science vs. religion.
They're more strongly religious than most "Traditionals" (43 percent of Americans) and more scientifically knowledgeable than "Moderns" (36 percent) who stand on science alone, according to two sociologists' findings in a new study.
The St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese has reopened the case of Fr. William Stolzman, who has already twice cleared of sexual misconduct.
Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Tuesday for passage of laws granting statewide protections against housing and employment discrimination for gay and lesbian Utahns -- as long as those measures safeguard religious freedom.
The move, one LGBT advocates have been pushing for years, provides a major boost for the prospects of a state nondiscrimination statute. Such proposals have been bottled up in the legislature for years, despite the church's historic endorsement of similar protections in Salt Lake City ordinances in 2009.
"If the Catholic Church ordained women, altar girls would make sense, but the Catholic priesthood is a male charism."
Pope Francis in his pastoral theology of mercy and inclusion is moving the church away from an ecclesiastical vision of "smaller but purer" to a church that embraces the wounded and frail, San Francisco Auxiliary Bishop Robert McElroy told a group of Catholics gathered at the headquarters of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael on Jan. 22. His presentation was part of a monthly lecture series the sisters are offering.
The Washington diocese and the law firm it sued for malpractice over the handling of a $48 million sex abuse settlement and bankruptcy plan have settled out of court.
In predominantly African-American parishes across Chicago, deacons took to the pulpit to preach against violence in their communities on the fourth Sunday of Advent.
"One in four Americans believe ... that the hand of God will be seen before the final whistle blows in the Super Bowl."
Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Daniel Garcia, the vicar general of the diocese of Austin, Texas, as an auxiliary bishop of the diocese.
Garcia, 54, is an Austin diocesan priest and also is moderator of the curia.
The appointment was announced Wednesday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
The newly named auxiliary bishop will assist Bishop Joe Vasquez, who has headed the Austin diocese since 2010.
His episcopal ordination is scheduled for March 3.