Learning from the burgeoning charter school movement is one way to solve the current Catholic school crisis, said education experts at a recent half-day seminar.
Faith & Parish
The plan organizes Boston's 288 parishes into 135 "parish collaboratives," each led by a pastoral team and a pastor, to respond to challenges the church in Boston faces.
Perspective: New Yorkers met the challenges of Hurricane Sandy with typical grit, grace and fortitude; however, they made the city feel different.
The U.S. bishops' conference has approved the hiring of a director of public affairs and a consolidating of its communications department.
The chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration called on President Barack Obama to "seize the moment" and pass immigration reform.
So far, the bishops have voted down a document on the U.S. economy, passed documents on penance and endorsed the sainthood cause of Dorothy Day.
The U.S. bishops began formal consideration of their first new document in 30 years on preaching Monday, the first day of their annual fall general assembly in Baltimore.
The proposed document, "Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily," encourages preachers to connect the Sunday homily with people's daily lives.
It was prepared by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, chaired by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, with subsequent review and comment by eight other USCCB committees.
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.
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.