We say: A shift in demographics, including drops in the number of priests, is changing the face of U.S. Catholicism.
Faith & Parish
Steve Mullin is a layman like only a few hundred others in the American church.
A New Year's eve candlelight vigil in support of Fr. James Radloff will be held on the steps of the historic St. Francis of Assisi Church on the parish campus.
Candelaria Pizano was leading the Pennies From Heaven campaign at her parish and waiting to learn whether she had been given an extension to stay in the United States.
Fr. James Radloff has been denied a letter of good standing that would allow him to exercise priestly ministry at his home archdiocese during the Christmas season.
The New Jersey Catholic Conference praised state officials for adopting a law that allows undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition at the state's public colleges and universities.
Jim King, director, of the Office of Social Concerns at the conference, the public policy arm of the New Jersey bishops, commended legislators for agreeing on the compromise measure, which Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed Friday.
For the first time since 1977, fewer than half of Americans polled said members of the clergy have "high" or "very high" moral standards.
An 18-year-old Pennsylvania man has been charged in the Dec. 13 rape of an 85-year-old retired member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden.
The sister, who has not been identified out of respect for her privacy, was attacked in the parking lot of St. Titus Church in Aliquippa, about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.
Andrew Bullock, 18, of Aliquippa, was arrested later that day in connection with the attack on charges of felony rape, aggravated assault, sexual assault, indecent exposure, simple assault and reckless endangerment.
Auxiliary Bishop Robert Deeley of Boston has been appointed bishop of Portland, Maine, by Pope Francis.
Archbishop Carlo Vigano, the Vatican's nuncio to the United States, announced the appointment Wednesday in Washington.
Deeley, 67, succeeds Bishop Richard Malone, who became bishop of Buffalo, N.Y., May 29, 2012.
Deeley was born in 1946 in Cambridge, Mass., the fourth of five sons to Irish-immigrant parents. He was ordained to the priesthood for the archdiocese of Boston in 1973. He was ordained a Boston auxiliary bishop in January 2012.
Updated: Archbishop John Nienstedt removed himself from public ministry while authorities investigate an accusation that he touched a young man's buttocks in 2009.