As Florida became the latest state to legalize same-sex marriage this week, Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski sent a memo to all church employees reiterating that any expressions of support for gay marriage -- even if it's only a tweet or Facebook post -- could cost them their jobs.
Faith & Parish
Georgia Walker, who was ordained by the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests over the weekend, looks forward to expanding her ministry to prisons.
A decision several years ago to plant vineyards to beautify vacant cemetery land and produce wine for Mass has proven to be a win-win for the diocese of Oakland and its parishes and schools.
Former Gov. Mario Cuomo's funeral will be held at St. Ignatius Loyola, which is often the venue for bidding a final farewell to the famous.
In a 19-page reflection, Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville, Ill., said he twice had been the victim of what he considered to be unjust police attitudes.
Cardinal Francis George, retired archbishop of Chicago, has been dropped from the clinical drug trial to treat his cancer after scans showed the experimental treatment was not working for him, the Chicago archdiocese said.
Although the antibody drug was not effective on the cardinal, physicians overseeing treatment assured him that the information gathered during the trial will benefit others, the archdiocese said in a Dec. 31 statement.
In recent years, people's attempt to trace their roots and fill in the branches on their family tree has been greatly helped by the website ancestry.com. There, one can search through a wealth of public records in order to find the who and the where of family origins.
"The Christian ethic is based on lasting relationships where exclusivity, loyalty, and care are central to each other."
The majority of German bishops find the present guidelines regarding pastoral work with remarried divorcees "fraught with problems."
As far as we can tell, nothing in Scripture was written exclusively for cloistered religious. We assume our sacred authors had ordinary married people and their children in mind when they composed our biblical writings. The spirituality and theology expressed in them were meant to be lived in a real world populated by real people: husbands, wives, children, grandchildren, men and women who related to one another on a normal, human level. We especially must keep this in mind when we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family.