Jackson, Miss., and San Angelo, Texas, received new bishops today: Fr. Joseph Kopacz and Msgr. Michael Sis, respectively.
Faith & Parish
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.
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.
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?