Bishop Thomas Paprocki gave parishioners a statement on a November incident where a priest placed himself in handcuffs and asked police to help free him.
Faith & Parish
St. Mary parish in Lynn, Mass., is one of 28 parishes who will see changes as part of the Boston archdiocese's pastoral plan, Disciples in Mission.
A lack of faith in God can damage marriage, even to the point of affecting its validity, Pope Benedict XVI said.
"Faith in God, sustained by divine grace, is therefore a very important element for living in mutual dedication and conjugal fidelity," he said.
The pope said he was not suggesting there was a simple, automatic link "between the lack of faith and the invalidity of marriage."
The decision follows several months of reviewing enrollment, finances and local demographics. Four schools that were supposed to close will instead remain open.
Seventh- and eighth-graders in Camden bring passion to meetings with public officials to transform an eyesore into a safe haven.
Updated: Newly released records show Cardinal Roger Mahony and an auxiliary bishop suggested priests in question leave the state of California to avoid prosecution.
The flu is active in 47 states, and several dioceses have issued recommendations for receiving Communion so others don't get sick.
The archbishop of Newark, N.J., has ordered four parish priests in Elizabeth, N.J., to vacate their rectory this month, a move parishioners are not happy about.
Now you can pray over text message -- with the help of the New York-based Holy Name Province of the Franciscans.
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