• Vatican bars Sodalit founder from contact with members

    Vatican bars Sodalit founder from contact with members

    • Feb 11, 2017

    An ethics commission created to investigate accusations of abuse against Luis Fernando Figari had released a report which detailed an internal culture of extreme “discipline and obedience to the founder” which was “forged on the basis of extreme physical demands, as well as physical punishments, constituting abuses which violated the fundamental rights of persons.”

  • Archdiocese looks to curb priest’s social media posts

    Archdiocese looks to curb priest’s social media posts

    • Feb 9, 2017

    New Jersey church officials are looking to curtail the online comments of a priest because they are considered divisive and “hate-mongering”. The Reverend Peter West of St. John’s Catholic Church in Orange has posted several comments attacking the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton and Islam.

  • Surrounded by ‘family,’ U.S. cardinal takes possession of titular church

    Surrounded by ‘family,’ U.S. cardinal takes possession of titular church

    • Jan 29, 2017

    Declaring he was happy to call the parish of St. Mary of the Graces “my new family,” Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin said, “It gives me joy to share our faith, the word of God and the sacraments with you. Pray for your brother ‘Giuseppe’ and I will never forget to pray for you.”

  • Newark auxiliary bishop assaulted during Mass

    Newark auxiliary bishop assaulted during Mass

    • Jan 29, 2017

    Newark Auxiliary Bishop Manuel Cruz was offering the opening prayers of the Mass when a man wearing a white robe over a red suit left his pew, approached the altar, and punched the bishop in the face, according to local news outlets.

  • Newark’s Archbishop assails Trump immigration orders

    • Jan 29, 2017

    Cardinal Joseph Tobin said on Friday that Trump’s actions were “not rational acts” and called the orders “inhuman policies.” He also vowed to continue resettling refugees in the area. He also defied Mike Pence on the settlement of Syrian refugees in Indianapolis when Pence was governor of Indiana.

  • As recent guidelines show, ‘Amoris’ argument is far from over

    As recent guidelines show, ‘Amoris’ argument is far from over

    • Jan 18, 2017

    The fact that guidelines from bishops for the pastoral application of chapter 8 of Pope Francis’s ‘Amoris Laetitia’ present opposite interpretations on the issue of access to the sacraments for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics confirms one truth: the argument is not yet settled.