Victim assistance coordinators comfort in a behind-the-scenes ministry

Whether the call is from someone who is angry, embarrassed, unsure of what to do or needs a friendly ear, diocesan and eparchial victim assistance coordinators are the face of the church's response to victims of sexual abuse by a church worker.

Rollback of environmental regulations spur Catholic advocates to action

The steady rollback of environmental regulations by the Trump administration has gotten the attention of Catholic and other faith-based organizations.

After 50 years, draft board protesters insist what they did was right

Fifty years ago, Bob Graf and 13 of his friends broke into nine neighboring draft boards in a Milwaukee office building, grabbed thousands of 1-A records, doused them in homemade napalm in a nearby park and set them afire.

Prominent Catholics see larger role for laity in church's abuse response

An independent lay-run board that would hold bishops accountable for their actions, a national day for Mass or prayers of reparation, and encouragement to parishioners to become more involved in their diocese are among steps suggested by prominent lay Catholics to right the U.S. church as it deals with a new clergy sexual abuse scandal.