A priest sought by authorities in New Jersey has acknowledged engaging in a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old boy, but he deflected blame for the incident, saying the teen had "evil in his mind."
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.
Over the last eight years, the Newark archdiocese hasn't paid a penny to a state tax for its headstone and mausoleum business.
An estimated $500,000 renovation of Archbishop John Myers' to-be retirement home has led some Catholics to second guess their future contributions.
Leaders of Christian Churches Together in the U.S.A., of which the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is a member, issued a pledge to engage the public on the issue of mass incarceration.
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.
The archbishop of Newark, N.J., has ordered four parish priests in Elizabeth, N.J., to vacate their rectory this month, a move parishioners are not happy about.