A photo panel shows Pennsylvania Bishops Ronald W. Gainer of Harrisburg, David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh, Joseph C. Bambera of Scranton, Alfred A. Schlert of Allentown, Edward C. Malesic of Greensburg and Lawrence T. Persico of Erie.
Faith News
The grand jury report, released Aug. 14, 2018, was based on a monthslong investigation into alleged abuse in the dioceses of Pittsburgh, Allentown, Scranton, Erie, Harrisburg and Greensburg, Pennsylvania. It covered a 70-year period starting in 1947.
Politics & Society Editorials
The EditorsAugust 14, 2019
The Trump administration’s immigration policies betray a profound misunderstanding of what drives the tired and poor to our shores and borders, the Editors write.
Faith The Good Word
Terrance KleinAugust 14, 2019
Who would claim that the platforms of either the Democratic or the Republican parties fully mirror Gospel values?
An Amazon warehouse in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
Politics & Society Short Take
Joseph J. DunnAugust 14, 2019
The collapse of a tax incentive deal to bring Amazon jobs to New York was nothing to celebrate, writes Joseph J. Dunn. A “we don’t negotiate” policy is foolish for communities that need jobs.
Faith Last Take
Katie Prejean McGradyAugust 14, 2019
How do we keep them, or anyone really, Catholic? To keep them, we have to stop asking that question in the first place.
Politics & Society News
The Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts of America, public school districts and possibly even deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein are among the likely targets.
A woman who supports abortion access stands alongside pro-life supporters during a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington in June 2018. (CNS photo/Toya Sarno Jordan, Reuters)
Politics & Society News
According to the survey, which was released Aug. 13, 54 percent of Americans believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 40 percent believe it should be illegal in most or all cases—numbers essentially unchanged since 2014.
An aerial view shows the power-generating wind turbines seen at northern Kenya's Lake Turkana Wind Power Project Sept. 4, 2018, in Loyangalani, Kenya. Catholic leaders welcomed the project as good for the environment and for human development. (CNS photo/Thomas Mukoya, Reuters)
Politics & Society News
From a remote rocky and hilly stretch of the wilderness in Loyangalani district, the ever-present winds in the region effortlessly turn the turbines, producing 310 megawatts. It's enough to power 1 million homes, according to projections.
A historical photo of the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows in Sharon, Mass. Image courtesy of American Ancestors, New England Historic Genealogical Society
Faith News
A major expansion of the project will effectively double the number of parishioners whose names will be indexed in the digital archives.
A monarch butterfly perches on milkweed at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Md., Friday, May 31, 2019. Farming and other human development have eradicated state-size swaths of its native milkweed habitat, cutting the butterfly's numbers by 90% over the last two decades. It is now under considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Politics & Society News
The Trump administration's new order weakening the Endangered Species Act could well make things worse for the monarch, one of more than 1 million species that are struggling around the globe.
Faith Faith in Focus
M. Kathleen CooganAugust 13, 2019
My parish decided to “own” the response to the sexual abuse scandal. One year later, this is what we’ve learned.
Faith Short Take
Joseph P. AmarAugust 13, 2019
Latin is fine for academic work, writes the Rev. Joseph P. Amar, but not for worship. No ancient language can hope to speak with the clarity or immediacy of a modern, native language.
Acting Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli, speaks during a briefing at the White House, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Politics & Society News
President Trump is trying to move the United States toward a system that focuses on immigrants’ skills instead of emphasizing the reunification of families.
Migrants rest near a Mexican immigration center where migrants set up camp in Matamoros, Mexico, on Aug. 1. Turning Mexican border cities into waiting rooms for asylum seekers may be the Trump administration’s most forceful response yet to a surge of migrants, many of them Central American families. (AP Photo/Emilio Espejel)
Politics & Society GoodNews
J.D. Long-GarcíaAugust 13, 2019
“Let me be clear: This is not a political statement,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “This is a statement of principle. This is about helping people who need our help right now.”
Father George Clements, a Chicago priest who made national headlines when he adopted a son in the early 1980s, has been asked by Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich to step aside from ministry pending the outcome of an investigation into an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor in 1974. (CNS photo/Michael Alexander)
Faith News
Catholic News ServiceAugust 12, 2019
In an Aug. 8 interview with the Chicago ABC-TV News affiliate, Father Clements called the accusation "totally unfounded." "Here I am, 87 years old, and I don't know what this is all about or anything," he said.
Nearly 400 Franciscans pose Aug. 1, 2019, during a four-day gathering in Denver. It is one of the largest gatherings of Franciscans in the United States, with the purpose of friars getting to know each other as the process of the order's six provinces become one. The gathering took place July 29-Aug. 2. (CNS photo/Octavio Duran)
Faith News
Catholic News ServiceAugust 12, 2019
Revitalization of Franciscan life and ministry in America is the goal of this multiyear process of restructuring that began in 2012 with discussions by the friars of the six provinces.
Faith Examen
James Martin, S.J.August 12, 2019
Many devout Christians end up, with the best intentions, overwhelmed by the great many things that they feel that they have to do in their daily prayer, as if prayer is just a “to do” list.
Politics & Society News
“I will not sit in silence while my parents are taken away,” read a sign carried by two Hispanic boys.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellAugust 10, 2019
The revised statutes are meant to ensure that the Vatican Bank conducts its business solely for “the works of religion and of charity.”
A volunteer with "Make the Difference" charity initiative gives a cup of soup and an "arepa" to a homeless child along a street in Caracas, Venezuela, March 5, 2017. Caracas in recent years has seen tear gas attacks, physical assaults on citizens by government forces, and hungry and malnourished crowds asking for help in streets that once boasted some of the most well-off people in all of Latin America. (CNS photo/Marco Bello, Reuters)
Politics & Society News
The country's bishops, along with the rest of Catholic Church and the citizenry of Venezuela, have lived in the unfolding chaos that has driven at least 3 million out of the country.