Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the Vatican's highest court, warned against a simplification of the process for seeking annulments in the church.
When Vanessa Willock wanted an Albuquerque photographer to shoot her same-sex commitment ceremony in 2006, she contacted Elane Photography. The response came as a shock: Co-owner Elaine Huguenin said she only worked on "traditional weddings."
"Are you saying that your company does not offer your photography services to same-sex couples?" Willock asked by email.
"Yes, you are correct in saying we do not photograph same-sex weddings," Huguenin responded.
Analysis: The founder of Westboro Baptist Church and media-master of hate speech campaigns died Thursday after devoting decades to damning Americans for tolerating homosexuality.
On March 25, the Supreme Court will hear the case of whether or not the Affordable Care Act's contraception clause violated Hobby Lobby's religious liberties.
President Barack Obama told activists he would consider ways to ease the effects of strict enforcement as frustration grows over the lack of progress on immigration reform.
This is not your parents' Lent. That's pretty clear when smartphone alarms ring at mealtimes on Fridays along with text messages from the "meat police"
A poll shows that Pope Francis is immensely popular, but that popularity hasn't brought more people to Mass or the sacraments.
The coalition contends that the mandate's requirement that its members provide health insurance coverage for contraceptive drugs is contrary to the First Amendment.
"His constant outreach to the alienated, his emphasis on mercy and his sheer humanity have served as an inspiration," the USCCB said.
The role of the Catholic church is invaluable in keeping refugees safe, said the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, but his agency and others working with migrants need much, much more.
Speaking to a meeting of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration and staff members of church agencies that deal with migrants, Guterres said the church is vital to helping victims of situations such as the volatile upheaval in the Central African Republic.