During the first day of their summer assembly, the U.S. bishops focused on issues of religious liberty, same-sex marriage, and participation in the U.S. political sphere.
Faith & Parish
Top Catholic and Orthodox church officials in North America are calling on the Vatican to let married men become priests in Eastern rite Catholic churches, another sign that optional celibacy could become a front-burner issue under Pope Francis.
Eastern rite Catholic churches have a look and feel similar to Eastern Orthodox churches but are loyal to Rome and fall under the pope's jurisdiction.
Majorities of every religious group except for white evangelical Protestants support a path toward citizenship for undocumented immigrants, according to a poll released Tuesday.
The poll from the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution shows that support for immigration reform among white evangelicals has seen an 8-point drop over the past year, to 48 percent.
Almost 450 people attended the inaugural Mass of the Evangelical Catholic Church being established in Bend, Ore., with Fr. James Radloff as pastor.
Couples seeking a marriage annulment in the Cleveland diocese no longer have to pay a fee for the service.
Under a plan announced June 4 by Bishop Richard Lennon, all fees in annulment cases were eliminated. Cases already filed as well as marriage dispensations and marriage permissions also are covered by the policy change.
Lennon said in a press release that he hoped the change will encourage men and women in irregular marriages, especially those who have been divorced and remarried, to undertake greater participation in the life of the church.
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson said in a deposition he was uncertain that abuse of a child by a priest was a crime when he was in the Twin Cities archdiocese.
Thou shalt not steal another pastor's sermon?
Recent cases of high-profile pastors who have been accused of lifting others' material are raising questions about whether pulpit plagiarism is on the rise -- and whether it has become a more forgivable sin.
The U.S. bishops will converge on New Orleans next week. Here's what they're set to talk about.
One of the two Precious Blood Fathers who will run the parish together says he comes only to "be present, to be pleasant, and to love the people of God."
For the five Sundays of Easter this year, members of the Neocatechumenal Way from all across the Los Angeles archdiocese and the San Bernardino and Orange dioceses took the good news of the Gospel to the public squares of Southern California.
In what the movement calls the "great mission," members volunteered to reach out to people in a public area -- perhaps the parking lot of a shopping center, perhaps in a park -- and invite them to a 75-minute gathering that included prayer and testimony from people walking "the Way," for short, as well as a group dialogue and catechesis.