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.
Faith and Justice: The pope has caught the imagination of the world. But most of the bishops' meeting was devoted to mind-numbing housekeeping actions and reports.
Speeches and reports at the meeting touched on a number of issues and themes -- religious freedom, mercy, the "culture of death" -- but were light on plans of action.
Lawyers for the man, identified only as John Doe, said the archdiocese had provided false information in getting the man to agree to an $80,000 settlement in 2007.
The New York archdiocese, with the second-largest Catholic population in the country and an unparalleled place in U.S. church history, is shrinking: Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Sunday announced that nearly a third of the archdiocese's 368 parishes would be merging, and some would close.
The New York archdiocese is on the verge of disclosing which of its 368 parishes will be closed or merged, after a lengthy review that started 2010. The changes were supposed be announced in September, but since the cardinal was going to be in Rome for most of October attending the synod on the family, the archdiocese pushed back the timing of the announcement.
Q and A: Archbishop Joseph Kurtz says the synod on the family is starting a process of discernment among the church's prelates.
Parish Diary: What has been valued in the appointment of bishops over the last 40 years? How does one actually become a bishop?
Q and A: Archbishop Joseph Kurtz said he hopes the synod can help support marriage and will convey "the beauty of the teachings of Jesus."
The annual Alfred E. Smith Foundation Dinner was held Wednesday evening at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in midtown Manhattan. The event is a must-attend for the major luminaries of politics, finance and the church. It raises millions of dollars for programs to help children and the poor.