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As offerings dwindle, some churches fear for their future

By David Crary — March 23, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — As weekly contributions drop as in-person worship services are canceled amid the coronavirus outbreak, some churches are bracing for cutbacks in programs and staff.

US bishops elect Mexican immigrant to head conference

By Jack Jenkins — November 19, 2019

BALTIMORE (RNS) — The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has elected Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, California, a naturalized US citizen who emigrated from Mexico and is outspoken on immigration issues, as its new president.

Abortion preeminent issue, global warming not urgent, say bishops

By Thomas Reese — November 13, 2019

(RNS) — Breaking with tradition, the meeting did not include a report on the recently concluded Amazon synod. 

What the US bishops can learn from the Amazon synod

By Thomas Reese — October 31, 2019

(RNS) — The American Catholic hierarchy isn’t ready to follow the synod’s search for real-world solutions. Too many conservatives believe that if we simply return to the old ways of doing things, everything will be fine.

Why we must deflect and debunk hate speech

By Georgette Bennett — August 5, 2019

(RNS) — This weekend’s deadly shootings came on the heels of President Trump’s denigration of the city of Baltimore. The two stories have more in common than you might think.

Across US, clergy mobilize to support vulnerable migrants

By Hannah Grabenstein — July 19, 2019

(AP) — The prospect of a nationwide sweep for undocumented immigrants has prompted legions of pastors, rabbis and their congregations to stand ready to help vulnerable immigrants with offers of sanctuary and other services.

US Catholic bishops adopt process for reviewing misconduct of bishops

By Thomas Reese — June 14, 2019

(RNS) — The USCCB has established a process for investigating allegations of misconduct by bishops — but lay groups say the key will be lay involvement and transparency in its implementation.

Catholic bishops stop short of mandating lay involvement in abuse investigations

By Jack Jenkins — June 13, 2019

BALTIMORE (RNS) — Some prelates at the USCCB’s spring meeting, however, made clear that they support lay involvement regardless.

Catholic bishops finally tackle the sex abuse cover-up. Now comes the hard part.

By Paul O'Donnell — June 13, 2019

BALTIMORE (RNS) — The reforms the Catholic bishops passed this week to deal with the sexual abuse crisis were easy compared with changing the culture of clerical privilege that is at the heart of the abuse crisis.

NIH Director Francis Collins on why Christians must reconcile with science

By Yonat Shimron — April 1, 2019

(RNS) — The head of the National Institutes of Health has star power among a segment of evangelicals who are eager for a nuanced approach to science — one that accepts evolution and also regards the Bible as the ultimate source of authority.

Faced with resurgent abuse crisis, Catholic prelates answer with more meetings

By David Clohessy — January 3, 2019

(RNS) — To those of us who’ve closely followed the Catholic Church’s distressing self-inflicted scandal for decades, the current flurry of meetings without action is depressingly familiar.

Bishops continue to define response to sex abuse despite Vatican call for delay

By Thomas Reese — November 15, 2018

BALTIMORE (RNS) — Some U.S. bishops felt their house was burning down, and the Vatican was asking them to delay turning on the fire hoses.

U.S. Catholic bishops head for global meeting on sex abuse anxious for progress

By Jack Jenkins — November 15, 2018

BALTIMORE (RNS) — With the meeting closing without any firm resolution, the concerns of U.S. bishops, the Vatican and American prelates appear to be headed for a collision course come February.

Bishops angered by scandal involving ex-Cardinal McCarrick

By David Crary — November 14, 2018

(AP) — The country’s Catholic bishops called Wednesday for a formal repudiation of the disgraced cardinal facing allegations of sexual misconduct over a long stretch of his career.

Vatican instructs U.S. bishops to halt voting on sex abuse measures

By Jack Jenkins — November 12, 2018

BALTIMORE (RNS) — Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, citing the urgency of the abuse crisis for the American church, urged that the bishops still discuss the “action items” on the issue.

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