The U.S. Catholic church should not react stridently following the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage, Archbishop Blase Cupich said.
Political and religious response to the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage ran the gamut from despair and anger to outright jubilation.
A new document outlining October's global bishops' meeting offers little to no clear indication of how prelates are considering addressing tough family issues.
Eco-Catholic: 'We see this as an essential part of the solution, if we look for the common good."
The 12 general points touched on a desire for clearer communication from pastors on the meaning of marriage, among other topics.
The U.S. bishops gathered in St. Louis for their spring general assembly heard presentations on the pope's upcoming encyclical on the environment, the U.S. church's ongoing work in promoting traditional marriage and the need to remain vigilant in protecting children from abuse.
On the first day of their meeting Wednesday, there also were reports on the bishops' efforts to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform and their help in rebuilding work in Haiti, which is still recovering from the 2010 earthquake.
Bishops should require that all allegations of clergy sexual abuse be reviewed by diocesan review boards and make mandatory parish audits, Francesco Cesareo said.
NCR Today: "We join our voices with civic and religious leaders in pledging to work for healing and reconciliation."
"Father Cyprian was a humble child of God who sought ... to place his considerable talents at the service of Christ and his church."
Between July 2013 and June 2014, the church spent $119 million on costs related to sex abuse allegations and $31 million on protective efforts, the report also shows.