"No one I know who wants to become a priest says they want to run a business, but that's what a parish often is."
A Canadian archbishop visited the Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., diocese last week on behalf of the Vatican to investigate Bishop Robert Finn's leadership.
Editor's perspective: As parish after parish closes, all ecclesial authorities seem to do is wring their hands and pray that more men answer the call to a celibate priesthood.
Religious Life: After 75 years as a religious society, Glenmary priests and brothers have a dream for their future: to work themselves out of a job.
Christ Cathedral has a multilayered mission -- and with the rollout of the new design plans that will transform the former Crystal Cathedral into the mother church of the Orange diocese, it has taken a big step toward realizing that mission.
"We're trying to create a place that is welcoming to Catholics, certainly, but to people of all faiths, and even of no faith at all," said cathedral rector Fr. Christopher Smith at an afternoon news conference Wednesday. "[To let them] know that they are loved by God. That was the central message of Rev. Robert Schuller."
The National Congregations Study's latest look at U.S. churches, synagogues and mosques finds that more congregations open their doors to gays and lesbians and show diversity in the pews.
A compare-and-contrast between Cupich and the man he is replacing, Cardinal Francis George, gives a sense of what the new archbishop may be up against.
Oklahoma City's archbishop called the overflow crowd at a Sept. 21 eucharistic Holy Hour "a powerful witness of faith."
More than 600 people filled St. Francis of Assisi Church for the prayer service led by Archbishop Paul Coakley. Another 1,400 people stood in overflow areas and outdoor prayer gardens to listen to his homily over loud speakers.
The Holy Hour was celebrated as a response to a Satanic "black mass" held the same day in a downtown arena.
The mediation between the Milwaukee archdiocese and its creditors, most of them survivors of sexual abuse, ended Tuesday without a resolution.
The bankruptcy proceedings were placed on hold pending a decision by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals related to nearly $60 million that was transferred to a trust fund shortly before the bankruptcy action was filed nearly four years ago.
"I am going to try to be attentive to what the Lord wants. Maybe if there is moderation in that, then maybe I'm a moderate."