When Kellsey McGuire and her service dog, Jasper, were denied access to a public school in Illinois in February 2014, a Catholic school welcomed them both with open arms.
The Field Hospital: San Diego bishop sees border as "place which unites us"; Wash. volunteers assist low-income seniors with chores; Boise diocese shares Christianity with public high school students.
The Peace Pulpit: "Surely it helps that we become a community. Your example of faith strengthens my faith. That's true for every one of us here."
The Field Hospital: While a relatively new priest, Fr. Garry Koch, 58, jokes readily that he is an expert on seminary education under five popes, having experienced all of them.
NCR Today: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis says that the Girl Scouts' connections and values are not Catholic so parishes should seek alternatives.
The Field Hospital: Texas and Michigan dioceses try new programs for evangelization; suggestions for Chicago's hard-pressed parishes; where do church's items go when a parish closes?
The Toledo Diocese will cease publishing its newspaper, close its related website, end production of a weekly televised Mass and reduce spending at the diocesan pastoral center.
The Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., diocese settled with Colleen Simon, who sued it and its former bishop, Robert Finn, after the diocese cited her same-sex union for her dismissal.
St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson has issued a letter calling on parishes to seek alternatives to Girl Scouts, arguing that the program and related organizations conflict with Roman Catholic teaching.
The Field Hospital: Parishioners in Oregon, Illinois and Washington are taking an active interest in issues pertaining to the Middle East.