The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that 35-foot buffer zones around abortion clinics meant to keep demonstrators away violates First Amendment rights.
Parishioners who have occupied a closed Massachusetts Catholic church for nearly a decade said they plan one final petition to Pope Francis to prevent the building from being sold by the Boston archdiocese.
Jon Rogers, a member of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish in Scituate, said petitioning the pope was a last-resort measure. Despite the step, he said he was not sure it would succeed.
"We promised 10 years ago when we started this we would exhaust every avenue of appeal," Rogers told Catholic News Service on Tuesday.
A coalition of critics is urging Obama to drop the practice of permitting religious groups to hire and fire based on a person's faith when they receive federal money.
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to finally issue its ruling this week in the highly anticipated case of the craft companies vs.
McCarrick, who retired in 2006, has been on a tear in the past year, traveling all over the world as a roving ambassador, a role for which he's well suited.
"There is an organic connection between what we believe and how we practice our faith in service well beyond the borders of the church," Archbishop William Lori said.
"Because we do not know how the executive order ... will provide sufficient (or any) religious freedom protection, we cannot provide substantive comment."
Saying the United States has a special responsibility to the people of Iraq, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace called for diplomatic measures rather than a military response to the crisis facing the country.
Advocates for marriage between one man and one woman presented their view as an oppressed minority Thursday at the second annual March for Marriage.
Pope Francis has appointed three priests of the New York archdiocese to be auxiliary bishops of the archdiocese.
They are Msgr. John Jenik, 70, pastor of Our Lady of Refuge Parish in the Bronx and vicar for Northwest Bronx; Fr. John O'Hara, 68, vicar for planning; and Fr. Peter Byrne, 62, pastor of St. Elizabeth Church in New York City.
The appointments were announced Saturday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
The three men will be ordained as bishops Aug. 4 at St. Patrick's Cathedral.