New York's bishops, led by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, said they would oppose a portion of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Women's Equality Act that preserves abortion rights.
Faith & Parish
Bishop Robert J. McManus of Worcester said he continues "to ask forgiveness" from the family, friends and "all the good people I serve" since his early May arrest on charges of drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident in Rhode Island.
On Tuesday, criminal charges against him were dismissed after he pleaded guilty to refusing a chemical test after the accident May 4.
On the 32nd anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, Archbishop Michael Jackels was installed May 30 as the new chief pastor of the 175-year-old Dubuque archdiocese.
After the 59-year-old took a seat in the center of the sanctuary at the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque, retiring Archbishop Jerome Hanus, bowed to his successor, the 10th archbishop to hold the post. An assembly of about 1,200 people erupted in applause.
Bishop Thomas Paprocki walked into a beehive when he agreed to speak about same-sex marriage before in Phoenix over the weekend.
The U.S. church's top liaison to the Boy Scouts says the Scouts' new policy welcoming gay Scouts "is not in conflict with Catholic teaching."
In the days since the tornadoes, people have come together "to bring comfort and sustain hope where hope has been shaken," the archbishop said.
In a joyful celebration that incorporated the many gifts of the diverse communities that make up the Oakland diocese, Bishop Michael Barber was ordained and installed as Oakland's fifth bishop May 25 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.
With his brother Jesuit Fr. Stephen Barber and another brother, Kevin Barber, serving as lector, Bishop Barber, 58, became the first Jesuit to become the bishop of Oakland. He also is the first priest to be named bishop of Oakland. All previous bishops had already been ordained bishops.
After publishing a book on being a gay Catholic priest, Fr. Gary Meier knows he risks his priesthood while drawing attention to the church's stance on homosexuality.
The National Catholic Committee on Scouting said it will study the policy change from the Boy Scouts' national council, which will allow openly gay youths as members.
The new bishop of Oakland, Calif., will assume leadership of a large, multi-cultural diocese with a $114.7 million debt and clergy who are frustrated.