For the first time since 1977, fewer than half of Americans polled said members of the clergy have "high" or "very high" moral standards.
Faith & Parish
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.
A press release this morning from the U.S. bishops' conference informs us that Marquette, Mich., has a new bishop*:
Pope Names Green Bay, Wisconsin Priest Bishop of Marquette, Michigan
December 17, 2013
Arapahoe High School students tearfully reunited with parents Friday afternoon after a lone gunman with an apparent grudge fired shots and injured two at the school before killing himself.
One 15-year-old girl remained in critical condition, one was released from the hospital and three students were treated for anxiety as crisis counselors arrived on scene after the tragedy, according to officials.
The shooter, identified as Karl Halverson Pierson, 18, was a student at the school.
Gay and lesbian Catholic students in Pennsylvania are joining alumni and others in pushing a Catholic high school near Philadelphia to reinstate a teacher who was fired after he applied for a marriage license with his partner.
The effort is one of several in support of Michael Griffin, who was dismissed by Holy Ghost Preparatory School, and they include a petition at Change.org that had drawn more than 7,500 signatures as of Monday.
Jackson, Miss., and San Angelo, Texas, received new bishops today: Fr. Joseph Kopacz and Msgr. Michael Sis, respectively.
The mid-November passage of same-sex marriage legislation in Illinois had supporters celebrating equality, while one of the state's Catholic prelates warned of devilish intervention.
NCR normally doesn't feel compelled to comment on individual bishops' actions in their home dioceses. Local Catholics and media are better prepared to address local concerns. However, the prayers of exorcism for same-sex marriage that Bishop Thomas Paprocki* of Springfield, Ill., conducted Nov. 20 seemed so outrageous, we thought a comment was warranted.