At their meeting this week, U.S. Catholic bishops are told to examine their failings and confess their sins if they hope to impact the wider culture.
Faith & Parish
St. Charles Catholic Church in Staten Island opened its doors to local residents who lost power during Hurricane Sandy, and to the families of three parishioners who lost their lives in that deadly storm.
John K. Filipowicz, 51, and his 20-year-old son, John C. Filipowicz, were found in an embrace after they drowned when floodwaters from the hurricane rushed their home.
A neighbor of the Filipowiczs and fellow St. Charles parishioner, Leonard Montalto, 53, also drowned in his Staten Island home the night Hurricane Sandy made landfall.
"Don't be angry. We lost stuff. We will get other stuff," one pastor told his New York congregation in a homily at Sunday Mass.
Hundreds gathered Sunday to celebrate the reopening of St. Emeric Catholic Church, a Hungarian parish that was shuttered two and a half years ago and is the last of 11 churches to reopen under orders from the Vatican.
For the first time in 28 months, St. Emeric came alive in a glow of candles and surges of Hungarian prayers and hymns. Many in the standing-room-only crowd held up cellphone cameras to capture the historic day.
"I can't speak," said Irma Friedrich, a parishioner since 1957. "I start to cry."
Two of the United States' largest Catholic hospital systems are exploring a consolidation that one spokesman said benefits from "mission overlap."
The executive director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York said people need food, shelter, clothing and more after Hurricane Sandy.
Catholic charities have set up relief services in the areas hit hardest, which are highly developed and have a high poverty rate.
After reading a letter against Maryland's Civil Marriage Protection Act, the priest received a standing ovation for a homily voicing support of same-sex unions.
The almost life-sized statue was unveiled Sept. 29, the evening before a Sunday Mass commemorating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.
The Land Stewardship Project, which assists beginner and rural farmers, lost a $48,000 grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development despite having no position on same-sex marriage.