Catholics in the United States and Australia have ringing similarities, the most evident being that their churches are undergoing a major transition.
Kim Daniels, the first person to become spokesperson for the president of the USCCB, left by her own choice earlier this year, the conference said.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Sunday that Pope Francis is asking the Catholic church to look at the possibility of recognizing civil unions for gay couples, although the archbishop of New York said he would be "uncomfortable" if the church embraced that position.
Pope Francis confirmed the top leadership of the Congregation for Eastern Churches and named among its new members Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Byzantine Archbishop William Skurla of Pittsburgh.
The Vatican announced Wednesday that the pope confirmed Argentine Cardinal Leonardo Sandri as prefect and Archbishop Cyril Vasil as secretary of the congregation, which assists the Eastern Catholic churches throughout the world and the Latin-rite Catholic dioceses of the Middle East.
The claimants' lawyers also asked the bankruptcy judge not to rule on the plan until an appeals court rules on the status of a hotly contested cemetery fund.
A bevy of appeals of decisions in the bankruptcy case as well as other federal and state lawsuits indicate the plan will not be the last word, however.
Grace on the Margins: Members of the New York Metro chapter of Call to Action learned about their rights and responsibilities when facing a parish merger or closure.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Thomas P. Melady, who served in several diplomatic posts and continued to play a role as "citizen-scholar" long past the age when most people would have retired, died Monday. He was 86.
Melady died at his Washington home of a brain tumor, which doctors only recently diagnosed.
We say: If the church faces a marketing failure on issues of sexuality, the failure is in listening to its people, not lousy marketing.
Young Voices: I guess you can say we are still waiting for the coming of Christ, even when we have experiences of hope in the limited experiences we have now.