"It can really feel like a very transformative moment, where they were able to step back and reflect on some of the deeper questions."
"The best thing that could happen is if he left us," said one priest, adding that Archbishop John Nienstedt has not been a good fit for the area.
Louisiana's Supreme Court has ruled that a priest may be compelled to testify as to what he heard in the confessional in 2008 concerning an abuse case.
The priest, Fr. Jeff Bayhi, faces automatic excommunication if he breaks the seal of the confessional. But he also could face jailing if found to be in contempt of the court should he refuse to testify.
In the case, a girl who was 14 in 2008 said she told her parish priest -- Bayhi, pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Zachary -- in the confessional that she was abused by a now-dead lay member of the parish.
Bishop Michael Barber has said he has "no intention of monitoring an individual's personal life. What one does in one's private life is between them and God."
Catholic schools across the state and country are struggling. The Newark archdiocese alone closed four of its 70 elementary schools this year.
Guns and other weapons are officially unwelcome at Catholic churches, schools and other buildings owned, leased or operated by the Atlanta archdiocese and the diocese of Savannah in Georgia.
Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory and Savannah Bishop Gregory Hartmayer issued a decree prohibiting guns and knives with blades longer than 5 inches from parishes, churches, schools, administrative offices and other buildings owned or used by the Catholic community effective July 1.
A priest who scolded an unwed teen mother during her baby's baptism has apologized and his religious order says it will sanction him.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced July 1 that it is selling six nursing homes and one assisted living facility operated by archdiocesan Catholic Health Care Services.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) has removed from its website a booklet that many Jewish groups have criticized as hostile to Israel and denigrating to Judaism.
"Zionism Unsettled," published in January by the church-chartered Israel/Palestine Mission Network, is a history and commentary on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that paints Israel as the aggressor and describes Zionism as inherently racist and theologically flawed.
The former Milwaukee archbishop was schedule to move to a Benedictine abbey in September, but the abbot rescinded the invitation because "he did not think it was a good time."