• Can a witness to mercy unite the Americas?

    Can a witness to mercy unite the Americas?

    • Sep 7, 2016

    Maybe hope is to be found in a prayerful unity that re-proposes the joy of the Gospel, as Pope Francis would put it, in countercultural living as a continental Christian community. That doesn’t require more meetings for discussion, but prayer and action – in that order — now.

  • US bishops say it’s time ‘to break the cycle of violence’

    US bishops say it’s time ‘to break the cycle of violence’

    • Jul 9, 2016

    In the aftermath of an ambush that left five police officers dead in Dallas, Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago said, “Every corner of our land is in the grip of terror … It is time to break the cycle of violence and retaliation, of fear and powerlessness, that puts more guns in our homes and on our streets.”

  • Pope’s envoy: Everybody calm down

    • Oct 16, 2014

    VATICAN CITY — After two days of fighting between happy liberals and angry conservatives, the Vatican dispatched a leading moderate from the US Church to tell both sides to temper their expectations about impending changes in Church doctrine. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the US Conference of

  • Leader says US bishops wary of Communion for divorced, remarried

    • Oct 10, 2014

    ROME – There’s no consensus yet in the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the controversial question of allowing divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion, according to president of the US bishops’ conference, but he said many American bishops have their doubts. American prelates generally have “a great

  • An update on the ‘Hobby Lobby’ lawsuits

    • Sep 25, 2014

    Bishops who gather next month at the Vatican to discuss family issues are not expected to put the church’s ban on artificial contraception up for debate, but they will address the how married couples deal with matters of family planning in societies that have largely embraced its use. And that