Archbishop John Myers has given his priests strict guidelines on refusing Communion to Catholics who support gay marriage or whose own marriage is invalid in the eyes of the church.
The abuse victims' advocacy group Catholic Whistleblowers has asked if Myers is found to have abused his episcopal office that be removed as archbishop.
A public interest law firm has filed a federal case on behalf of the archdiocese of Newark challenging a New Jersey law that bars church-run cemeteries from selling headstones.
"This case addresses one of the most important unanswered questions in constitutional law: how far government power can act for primarily private gain," said Jeff Rowe, senior attorney for the Institute of Justice.
The Newark archdiocese, the largest single provider of in-ground burials in New Jersey, must give up a lucrative companion business -- the marketing of headstones and private crypts -- under a bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Chris Christie.
The measure, which passed both houses of the Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support, goes into effect in one year, allowing the archdiocese time to wind down without imperiling sales in progress at its Catholic cemeteries.
Catholic schools across the state and country are struggling. The Newark archdiocese alone closed four of its 70 elementary schools this year.
We say: It's tempting to look at news about sex abuse and church finances and conclude that the system is broken. In reality, it's the clerical system that's broken.
Over the last eight years, the Newark archdiocese hasn't paid a penny to a state tax for its headstone and mausoleum business.
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.
Acting with uncustomary speed, the Vatican expelled a New Jersey man from the priesthood for repeatedly defying a lifetime ban on ministry to children.
An estimated $500,000 renovation of Archbishop John Myers' to-be retirement home has led some Catholics to second guess their future contributions.