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.
Faith & Parish
How can priests and bishops deal with what many feel is a disastrous translation of the Roman missal implemented two years ago? That is the provocative question raised by Maryknoll Father William Grimm, the publisher of ucanews.com based in Tokyo.
From Palm Beach, Fla., to Juneau, Alaska, dioceses have reached out to Catholics for feedback ahead of the 2014 synod on the family.
Archbishop Jose Gomez and a group of civic and labor leaders will conduct a 24-hour fast this weekend to support Fast for Families.
Besides tens of thousands of teenagers, 216 representatives of 62 religious communities in the United States also participated in the National Catholic Youth Conference Nov. 21-23 in the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium.
A federal judge Nov. 21 said religious employers' right to adhere to their moral objections to the contraceptive mandate outweighs a government decision to widen access to contraceptives.
At question at several sessions was whether Pope Francis is in line with his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who some saw as more doctrinally conservative.
We say: What were the bishops thinking when they approved the development of a pastoral statement on pornography but never mentioned its dangerous effects on clergy?
Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Michael Olson, currently rector of Holy Trinity Seminary at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas, to head the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas.
Olson, 47, is a Fort Worth diocesan priest. He succeeds Bishop Kevin Vann, who was named bishop of the diocese of Orange, Calif., in September 2012.
The appointment was announced Tuesday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa, Ontario, recalled once having a parish that needed a new furnace and was considering hiring a youth pastor. The parishioners raised $90,000 in three weeks for the furnace, but failed to find funds for the youth pastor, figuring there were few young people to serve.