• Death penalty executions and support near historic low in U.S.

    Death penalty executions and support near historic low in U.S.

    • Dec 16, 2017

    “Now more than ever, people from across the political spectrum are uniting around the reality that death penalty is a failed public policy that denies the inherent dignity of the human person,” said CMN president Karen Clifton.

  • More English, Spanish texts, digital technology hamper committee’s work

    More English, Spanish texts, digital technology hamper committee’s work

    • Nov 15, 2017

    An increased number of materials in Spanish have been submitted by publishers to the U.S. bishops’ conference for review, with many texts aiming to capture the Spanish dialect used in the United States. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, the head of the bishops’ Subcommittee on the Catechism, said his office does not “have the competency or the resources to date to review those cultural materials in those languages other than English.”

  • Silver anniversary: Making the catechism shine in the 21st century

    Silver anniversary: Making the catechism shine in the 21st century

    • Oct 18, 2017

    In his speech marking the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church Oct. 11, Pope Francis said the catechism is not only an important tool for believers to understand the faith, but also provides concrete answers to new challenges. Just as the challenges people face evolve, so does the Christian response since “the word of God cannot be preserved in mothballs as if it were an old blanket to protect against insects,” he said.

  • Maverick image aside, sometimes Pope’s more evolution than revolution

    • Oct 17, 2017

    Two stories about Pope Francis in the last few days have confirmed impressions of him as a maverick, break-the-mold kind of pope, one on the death penalty and the other on the Amazon. In both cases, however, there’s a good argument to be made that what the pope is up to represents not a revolution, but a natural evolution of where the Church was already moving.