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Bishops rebuke critics of Catholic Relief Services

WASHINGTON — U.S. Catholic bishops rebuked conservative critics of Catholic Relief Services, flatly denying charges the group has wavered in … Continued

Christians in Egypt in the crosshairs

Aug. 14, 2013The facade of the Prince Tadros Coptic church, which was torched by assailants in the central Egyptian city … Continued

Buoyed by a new pope, priests gather to urge church reform

The death of liberal Catholicism has been proclaimed so often in recent decades that few even bother to check to … Continued

ANALYSIS: Can gay Catholics find a home in the Catholic Church?

NEW YORK — When Cardinal Timothy Dolan used the morning talk shows on Easter Sunday to say the Catholic Church … Continued

Pope Francis orders overhaul of U.S. nuns to continue

VATICAN CITY — Nearly a year after the Vatican announced a makeover of the largest umbrella group for American nuns, … Continued

Longtime gay parishioner booted from church posts

NEW YORK — As Catholic leaders try to signal a new tone of welcome for gays in the church, fresh … Continued

Cardinal Dolan: pope or pope maker?

The Dolan buzz is building. At first I thought it was part of the typical hype before a conclave. After … Continued

The next’s pope to-do list

It is easy to treat the election of the pope as a horse race that places odds of winning on … Continued

Cardinal Mahony’s vote in papal conclave stirs ire, shrugs

LOS ANGELES — After the release of damning sex abuse documents that prompted a rare public rebuke from the current … Continued

Priest/Mayor reflects French divide over gay marriage

EREAC, France — Elie Geffray straddles both sides of a bitter divide over gay marriage in France. As a retired … Continued

Are institutions Catholic enough?

The number of agencies calling themselves big-C “Catholic” will shrink. That is the inevitable result of De Caritate Ministranda , … Continued

Pope Benedict XVI tightens church control over Catholic charities

VATICAN CITY — Bishops must exercise closer supervision over Catholic charities and ensure that their activities do not contradict church … Continued

After a year of exile, anti-abortion priest Frank Pavone is back

NEW YORK — A year ago, the Rev. Frank Pavone was facing an existential crisis in the unlikeliest of places. … Continued

Vatican lifts suspension of priest who altered prayers at Mass

An Illinois priest who was forced out of his parish by his bishop for improvising prayers during Mass has had … Continued

Cardinal Dolan _ and Sister Simone Campbell _ to bless the Democratic convention

NEW YORK — In a move that could recast the reigning political narrative about the Catholic bishops, Cardinal Timothy Dolan … Continued

Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s GOP convention blessing prompts debate

The news that New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the nation’s most prominent Catholic prelate, will deliver the closing blessing to … Continued

Group house gives women a place to discern their calling as nuns

In what is being described as the first of its kind in the U.S., the Archdiocese of New Orleans has … Continued

Romney, Obamacare and Mormonism

AP Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leaves a fundraiser that included Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., on Monday, … Continued

Some Mormons separate gay marriage rights from church rites

Jim Urquhart Reuters Practicing Mormon Chad Smith and his daughters Kathryn, 6, left, and Olivia, 4, attend a gay pride … Continued

Analysis: Bishops’ accountability still missing from abuse scandal

As the nation’s Catholic bishops mark 10 years since they adopted sweeping reforms to address the sexual abuse of children … Continued