Of particular concern are four dioceses that would not allow any audits and the fact that "most" dioceses do not allow or conduct audits of parishes or schools.
Several presenters at a theological conference found a shift in emphasis between Pope Francis and his two immediate predecessors.
Judging by the number of statements from different groups, there are a multitude of options of things Pope Francis and U.S. President Barack Obama could talk about Thursday.
Commentary: Two smiling, confident and charismatic leaders will meet at the Vatican this week. What can come of the top superpower and top spiritual power coming together?
When two corporations -- one owned by evangelicals and one owned by Mennonites -- filed suit over the Affordable Care Act, they described their complaint in stark and fairly simple terms: The government is forcing them to either break the law or betray their faith.
But at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, nothing was so clear as the justices explored the murky territory where an employer's religious rights collide with the interests of its employees or the government.
Supreme Court justices and activists outside the courthouse alike weren't exactly shy in stating their views on the contraceptive mandate.
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.