Chief among perceived threats to religious liberty is the mandate that most employers provide coverage for artificial contraception, which the church morally opposes.
Faith & Parish
Sixty years ago, one courageous bishop desegregated all Catholic churches in his state in one fell swoop.
Approximately 500 men of all ages and backgrounds were ordained Catholic priests this year in the United States.
James Evans is expected to recover after he was shot in the head Sunday while he and his wife were attending Mass at their home parish in Utah.
This Maryland camp has seen more than 30,000 children since it opened more than 60 years ago.
The Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill June 5 that prohibits taxpayer funding of abortions in the federal health care exchanges.
Gov. Tom Corbett has promised to sign the bill, which passed in the state House of Representatives in April.
Corbett announced last December that Pennsylvania would not set up a state health exchange under the 2010 health care reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Because of that, Pennsylvanians choosing health care as required by the law may choose from the federal exchanges, which include abortion coverage.
The Chicago archdiocese's new "To Teach Who Christ Is" campaign is "well named" because it describes exactly the mission of the Catholic church, said Cardinal Francis George.
It's "what we do -- we teach the world who Christ is," he said.
The three-year campaign will raise $350 million for Catholic education and faith formation. The funds will support archdiocesan Catholic schools, religious education for children and teens, adult faith formation and capital needs for parishes and schools.
Auxiliary Bishop Edgar da Cunha will replace Fr. Michael Fugee, who resigned May 2 after violating a court order banning him from ministry with children.
New York's bishops, led by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, said they would oppose a portion of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Women's Equality Act that preserves abortion rights.
Bishop Robert J. McManus of Worcester said he continues "to ask forgiveness" from the family, friends and "all the good people I serve" since his early May arrest on charges of drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident in Rhode Island.
On Tuesday, criminal charges against him were dismissed after he pleaded guilty to refusing a chemical test after the accident May 4.