Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the Vatican's highest court, warned against a simplification of the process for seeking annulments in the church.
Faith & Parish
Prayerfully and joyously welcomed into St. Patrick Cathedral for his installation Mass as the 11th bishop of the diocese of Harrisburg on Wednesday, Bishop Ronald Gainer held up St. Joseph -- whose feast the church celebrated that day -- as "a challenging example" for the members of the church.
Speaking of Joseph's designation as a "just man," Gainer said the description of the saint goes far beyond his decision to take Mary into his home, as was recounted in the day's Gospel.
Fifty years ago, Henrie Monteith Treadwell made history when she successfully fought to attend the segregated University of South Carolina. She praises her family and especially her Catholic school upbringing for helping her stay focused against injustice.
In September 1963, Treadwell, at the age of 16, became the first African-American woman to enroll at the University of South Carolina.
It seems like not a month goes by that the Catholic community in the U.S. is not faced with headlines about another set of Catholic school closings. Ten school closings in Buffalo, N.Y., were announced in January and at least six schools in Chicago are slated to close. Last year, the New York archdiocese announced it would be closing 24 schools. The year before, 49 Catholic schools in Philadelphia were either closed or consolidated.
Omar Pro Montaño looked into sending his daughter to Catholic school years ago, but he couldn't afford the then $5,200 tuition at St. John the Evangelist Catholic School in Tucson.
"If I was financially set, it would have been a no-brainer," Pro Montaño said. "I would have gone with a little less to make sure she went."
Two-thirds of Americans haven't heard of them, but they're already in place in half of the country's public schools, shifting the way students learn and teachers teach.
They are the Common Core State Standards: a new set of national academic guidelines and a source of passionate opinions and fervent debate. And while an August 2013 poll showed 62 percent of Americans had not heard of Common Core, educators say its impact will reverberate throughout the nation's classrooms, from public to private to Catholic.
At an event on the "Francis Factor" on Tuesday, the panelists repeatedly shifted attention away from the pope and onto Jesus.
Nearly 3,000 men from throughout the Newark archdiocese and other parts of New Jersey filled Seton Hall University's recreation complex Saturday for a robust spiritual workout.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York launched the sixth annual Newark archdiocesan Catholic Men's Conference with a keynote address before the men spent the day hearing other talks, praying, sharing in small groups, celebrating the sacrament of penance, and rallying around a festive eucharistic procession.
False tax returns filed in the names of archdiocesan, school and parish employees and volunteers alerted the archdiocese to the security breach.
In recent surveys, the religious "nones" -- as in, "none of the above" -- appear to lead in the faith marketplace. In fact, "none" could soon be the dominant label U.S. adults pick when asked to describe their religious identity.
But they may not be who you think they are. Today, "nones" include many more unbranded believers than atheists and an increasingly diverse racial and ethnic mix.
And, researchers say, this is already making nones' attitudes and opinions less predictably liberal on social issues.