Updated: The San Francisco archbishop has exchanged accusations with eight California lawmakers over language included in a new faculty handbook.
Faith & Parish
La Salle University in Philadelphia has made history by choosing a laywoman as its new president.
Colleen N. Hanycz is the first female president in the school's 152-year history and also the first lay president, other than interim presidents. Her appointment was announced Tuesday and she will begin her tenure in July.
More Utahns go to church every week -- 51 percent -- than any other state, according to a new Gallup poll.
That statistic is "a direct result of [Utah]'s 59 percent Mormon population," Gallup's Frank Newport writes, "as Mormons have the highest religious service attendance of any major religious group in the U.S."
The Washington National Cathedral, which sustained heavy damage in a 2011 earthquake, has finished the $10 million first phase of its repair work and intends to embark upon a more daunting and expensive second phase.
Cathedral officials said the work to come, which will focus on the exterior of the building -- repairing twisting pinnacles, damaged gargoyles and other masonry that suffered during the 5.8-magnitude quake -- will cost $22 million and could take a decade.
More than 400 students, teachers and parents sang, prayed and, as the sun went down, silently held their lit candles along both sides of the blocks surrounding the cathedral.
New Englanders, clobbered by four major storms in the past month, are finding it difficult to travel anywhere, including to services on Sundays.
As San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone "pointed out and as every lawyer knows, what happens in any particular case depends on the particular circumstances of the case."
The clash seems to be a standoff between those who embrace Catholic teaching as settled and unchanging and those who insist it is evolving and must do so.
Cuban parents who sent their unaccompanied children from Cuba to the United States in the early 1960s for fear of communist indoctrination under Fidel Castro made the right decision.
That was the conclusion of St. Augustine Bishop Felipe Estevez, who was one of four Cuban experts on a panel convened in Jacksonville at a time of expected shifts in diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.
Catholics who want to give input to their local bishops ahead of October's global Synod of Bishops on the family have ample opportunity -- but they better hurry.