A recent United Nations committee report says the United States fails to pursue and prosecute clergy guilty of child sex abuse.
Foes of same-sex marriage are warning the Supreme Court that lifting state or federal restrictions would threaten their own economic and religious freedoms and lead to social and political upheaval.
In about three dozen briefs filed in recent weeks, groups ranging from U.S. Catholic bishops and evangelicals to state attorneys general and university professors argue that upholding gay marriage could lead to penalties against objecting employers, military officials and others.
Briefs from supporters of gay marriage are due by early March.
Archbishop William Lori has urged the House of Representatives to extend federal conscience protections to the Affordable Care Act's new coverage mandates for private health plans.
The U.S. Defense Department's new policy that confers some military benefits on the same-sex domestic partners of members of the military undermines the traditional definition of marriage, two archbishops said Friday.
Archbishops Timothy Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services and Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, raised objections to the new policy announced Feb. 11.
After "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned," there are millions of Catholics who don't exactly know what to say next.
For a program that the White House has never officially acknowledged, the use of missile-laden drones to strike suspected Muslim militants hardly remains a secret.
The decision to close the center was part of "an ongoing strategic reflection" by three East Coast Jesuit provinces that will merge into one in the next few years.
Participants at a Catholic Social Ministry Gathering issue briefing on gun violence Monday believe the tide may be turning on the issue.
"Newtown changed the issue dramatically," said Vinny DeMarco, a former Maryland assistant attorney general who now heads Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence.
U.S. church leaders said they were surprised by the news of the pope's retirement but admired the pontiff's courage for making the decision.
Pope Benedict XVI's announcement that he planned to resign Feb. 28 stunned and shocked religious leaders around the world.