A St. Paul-Minneapolis meeting to discuss finances was for priests only, and the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform said laity should have been involved.
Faith & Parish
There is a growing breed of mainline Protestant clergy who serve congregations in exchange for little or no compensation.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Brom of San Diego, and he will be succeeded by Coadjutor Bishop Cirilo Flores.
Brom, who has headed the San Diego diocese since 1990, is 75, the age at which canon law requires bishops to submit their resignations. Flores, 65, was named coadjutor in January 2012, and as coadjutor automatically succeeds Brom.
The changes were announced Wednesday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
The bishop of Springfield, Ill., has returned a priest to ministry after an internal investigation into what the priest's own clinical therapist had diagnosed as "non-sexual self-bondage."
A former Kansas City pastor was sentenced Thursday to 50 years in federal prison on child pornography charges.
The Common Core State Standards -- expectations for students to master in each grade level -- have a love/hate/ambivalent relationship with the American public.
California's bishops stand with the prisoners, who seek improved policies and conditions for prisoners in solitary confinement.
Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila said he is praying for all those affected by extensive flooding in northern Colorado and urged all people of good will "to join me in prayer."
"This morning I heard with concern about the flooding that is hitting the Front Range and impacting people within the Archdiocese of Denver," he said in a statement Thursday. "According to the latest reports, three people have already died in the flooding. I am praying for the souls of those victims, for their families and all people who are being affected by the flooding."
The diocese has been paying for multiple clergy sexual abuse lawsuit payments and is running out of funds for future settlements.
A breakaway Catholic church that stood up to three bishops and weathered a decade-long legal fight is on the verge of becoming a parish in the Episcopal church.