A NCR investigation of websites and online publications found that roughly 52 percent of Latin-rite archdioceses and dioceses have begun to gather information in some capacity.
The Washington diocese and the law firm it sued for malpractice over the handling of a $48 million sex abuse settlement and bankruptcy plan have settled out of court.
NCR's must-read Morning Briefing from Thursday includes the story out of Spokane, Wash., diocese about a federal judge's decision to allow the diocese to take its legal malpractice claim to trial against Spokane-based Paine Hamblen, the law firm that handled the diocese's 2007 bankruptcy.
Column: I have learned the hard way not to put my faith in church leaders. They are not the most important people in the church to me.
Analysis: Rome hasn't yet revealed the names of the new cardinals, but could an American be among them? There are a number of factors that will govern the choices.
Everyone wants a spot on Pope Francis' itinerary when he comes to the United States in September 2015.
After all, he's a global rock star of religion. A new Pew Research Center survey released Thursday shows 78 percent of Americans give the pope a favorable rating.
Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich met with President Barack Obama to discuss immigration efforts. Cupich expressed gratitude for the plan to help immigrants who lack legal status.
At his installation as the ninth archbishop of Chicago on Tuesday, Archbishop Blase Cupich urged the congregation at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral to fearlessly share their faith recognizing that God calls them "to more" and "to greater things."
Before an overflow crowd, the archbishop said he had "a bit of a panic attack" when he saw the day's Gospel reading was about Jesus walking on water and calling his disciples to follow him.
NCR Today: Blase Cupich's concelebration choice is noteworthy -- he paid public respect to a mentor while perhaps describing the kind of bishop he would like to be.
The media are the frequent target for many bishops in the church. New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan sarcastically reported to his fellow bishops last week that the recent synod on the family in Rome was actually fairly boring despite the media's preoccupation with conflict emanating from the synod. The media, in the eyes of many bishops and laypeople, are always the bad actor when it comes to coverage of the church.