Indoor worship is now allowed in LA County, but some parishes and dioceses are waiting
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — ‘Rushing too quickly to in-person and indoor worship does not exhibit care for our families and those who are most vulnerable in our community,’ said one pastor.
Thousands sign petition in support of five charged in Junipero Serra statue toppling
(RNS) — Five people charged with the toppling of a Junipero Serra statue at a California church in October are scheduled to appear in court this week.
Biden, second Catholic president, exacerbates US bishops’ divisions
(RNS) — A new working group takes the lead in taking on pro-choice Biden.
US Catholic bishops’ response to McCarrick report is sad but predictable
(RNS) — At their fall meeting, the American Catholic bishops failed to communicate that they understood the startling report’s implications.
Catholic bishops broadcast mixed messages about Biden’s victory
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The head of the U.S. bishops conference has taken a more cautious tone over time despite initially congratulating the president-elect on his victory.
Once feared as Vatican meddling, Catholic ideas could help America move forward
(RNS) — Americans once feared that Catholic politicians would push Rome’s agenda. But in divisive times, we could do worse than implementing the Church’s principles of reconciliation and multilateralism.
Abortion preeminent issue, global warming not urgent, say bishops
(RNS) — Breaking with tradition, the meeting did not include a report on the recently concluded Amazon synod.
US bishops elect Mexican immigrant to head conference
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.
Hispanic immigrant in line to lead US Catholic bishops
(AP) — Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez, an immigrant from Mexico, is widely expected to win election as the first Hispanic president of the bishops’ national conference.
Catholic bishops follow Trump’s election with a message of their own
(RNS) The bishops put a Mexican-born archbishop in line to become the first Latino to lead the American hierarchy. But they seemed hesitant to fully endorse Pope Francis’ approach.
Singer Katy Perry wants to buy L.A. convent, in fight with nuns, archbishop
The nuns Googled Perry’s videos — and they weren’t pleased. They want to sell to a local restaurateur.
COMMENTARY: The tragedy of America’s failed immigration system
WASHINGTON (RNS) Data show that our nation’s effort to cope with undocumented immigrants does not work. It is costly, most especially, I fear, for the soul of a nation.
Rick Warren, others, rent theaters for premiere of ‘Son of God’
(RNS) Christian leaders, including megachurch pastors Rick Warren and Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, plan to rent every screen in numerous multiplex theaters in 10 cities for the upcoming Jesus film, “Son of God.”
As Catholic bishops meet, the ‘Francis Effect’ changes everything
(RNS) On issues from the U.S. bishops’ campaign against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate to high-profile battles against gay marriage, Pope Francis’ new marching orders have scrambled what had been a fairly predictable routine.
Catholic bishops: Don’t let Boston attacks derail immigration reform
(RNS) Leading U.S. Catholic bishops on Monday (April 22) denounced efforts to use the Boston Marathon bombings to derail the push for immigration reform, saying it is wrong to brand all immigrants as dangerous.