Young Voices: Clerical privilege has created the equivalent of a government safety net for priests while lay ministers walk the economic tightrope, minus the net.
Faith & Parish
Simply Spirit: What does closing a vital, solvent parish do to believers who have journeyed together over many years in good times and in bad?
Coal is not the only subject to give Catholic responsible investors pause. What about investing in companies that materially contribute to war? Or oil and gas? Or same-sex marriage?
Most of today's American Catholic parents don't go to Mass, but they do "have a relationship with God and pray for their family."
It has taken four years for the dream of the community to rebuild the tornado-damaged Cathedral High School in Springfield, Mass., to be realized.
Column: While most Catholic parishes have shifted to vacation mode, our Protestant brothers and sisters are preparing for one of their busiest weeks.
With the growing population of Hispanics, the Catholic church is faced with "an immense task," Boston College theology professor Hosffman Ospino told a San Antonio symposium.
"How do we evangelize, how do we hand on the faith that we have received to the next generation of Catholics that will be transforming the American Catholic experience in this century," he said.
Seventh-day Adventists voted Wednesday not to allow their regional church bodies to ordain women pastors.
The vote at their 60th General Conference Session in San Antonio was 1,381 to 977. It was largely influenced by delegates from Africa and South America who often have more conservative views on women's ordination than Adventists in other regions.
The First Church of Cannabis filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the state of Indiana and city of Indianapolis, challenging state laws on possession and use of marijuana as infringing upon religious beliefs.
The complaint, filed in Marion County Circuit Court, contends that cannabis is the church's sacrament and its members believe marijuana "brings us closer to ourselves and others."
"We are taking legal action today to ensure love has no barriers in our land," said Bill Levin, Church of Cannabis founder, in front of the Indiana Statehouse.
Pope Francis' address to a joint meeting of Congress Sept. 24 will be broadcast live to members of the public on the West Front of the Capitol, House Speaker John Boehner announced Wednesday.
"The visit of Pope Francis to the U.S. Capitol is a historic moment for the country," he said in a statement, adding that "the unprecedented nature of his visit" prompted the decision to broadcast his address.