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.
We say: The arrogance and self-importance required to undertake such a project, which will cost at least $500,000, on one's own behalf is breathtaking.
The home has five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a three-car garage and an outdoor pool. The renovations would add an indoor exercise pool, hot tub, library and elevator.