A letter from Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez was read across the archdiocese over the weekend, and a mixture of emotions was evident.
Faith & Parish
Almost 25 months into the Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee continues to seek an answer to the question it has asked throughout the process: Who is eligible to make a claim?
"How else are you going to satisfy them if you don't know who has a claim?" Jerry Topczewski, chief of staff for Archbishop Jerome Listecki, said Jan. 25 to the Catholic Herald, a publication serving the Catholic community in southeastern Wisconsin.
The monsignor was charged for allegedly having methamphetamine mailed to him from California and making more than $300,000 in drugs sales out of his apartment.
Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Archbishop John Vlazny of Portland, Ore., and named as his successor Bishop Alexander Sample of Marquette, Mich.
Vlazny, who has headed the Oregon archdiocese since 1997, is 75, the age at which bishops are required by canon law to submit their resignation to the pope. Sample, 52, has been Marquette's bishop for eight years.
The changes were announced Tuesday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, papal nuncio to the U.S.
The Mass of installation for Sample is scheduled for April 2.
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.
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.