The co-president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War hopes Pope Francis will call for the abolition of all nuclear weapons when he addresses Congress in September.
Making a difference: When one considers the ways human beings are treated like disposable products it's hard to imagine how much worse it can get for the poor and vulnerable.
Cardinal Sean O'Malley urged senators to take federal money that goes to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and instead fund women's health care providers that do not promote abortion.
Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley said that Planned Parenthood officials' videotaped descriptions of how fetal tissue and organs are procured for researchers during abortions illustrates what Pope Francis calls today's "throwaway culture."
The officials also discuss what the organization charges for the body parts, which opponents of Planned Parenthood said violates federal law and the organization said are customary handling fees paid by research labs.
"As the largest association of Catholic priests in the United States, we endorse the bishops' stance," said the chair of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests.
The Catholic faith tradition "offers a unique perspective on crime and punishment, one grounded in mercy and healing, not punishment for its own sake," two bishops said in a statement renewing the U.S. Catholic church's push to end the death penalty.
"No matter how heinous the crime, if society can protect itself without ending a human life, it should do so. Today, we have this capability," wrote Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston and Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami.
Grace on the Margins: When the World Meeting of Families announced its roster of speakers, some were surprised to see Rick Warren's name.
Catholics in the United States are "excited" and "pleased" with the "hopeful" document, though some doubt much will change.
We say: The mere announcement of the tribunal should rouse bishops around the world from any hesitancy they may feel addressing this issue.
Parishioners occupying a Massachusetts Catholic church for more than a decade have been granted a few more days to stay in the building by a state court.
On Wednesday, the Massachusetts Appeals Court issued a stay of a lower court's injunction that required parishioners to leave St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in Scituate by 5 p.m. Friday until their emergency motion asking the court to keep the Boston archdiocese from evicting them parish property is heard.
The appeals court scheduled a hearing on the motion for 11 a.m. June 11.