Greg Bourke, an openly gay, revered Boy Scout troop leader, learned Aug. 4 that he still can't be a leader in a local Catholic parish troop.
Preview: Sr. Mary Peter Diaz joined hundreds of Alaskans in a statewide effort to expand Medicaid coverage to 40,000 fellow citizens with no health insurance.
Prominent theologians and bishops from across Africa have sharply called for more expansive discussions at this fall's global meeting of Catholic bishops on family issues.
I remember the day I was afraid to leave the house. The 10 steps from my apartment to the elevator would be like walking on coals. I was only going to meet a friend for lunch but I felt anxious, and sorry I had suggested it. I wanted to stay inside, in familiar territory. What was wrong with me? It was an easy drive to the restaurant, a friendly place with a favorite table saved for me and my friend. But I wanted the security of my home. I needed to be within. I desired something I was not used to but could not describe.
The lesbian head of a Caritas afterschool day care center in Bavaria, who lost her job in April because she and her partner planned to register their partnership, can return to her job under a new, revised German church law.
At the time, her dismissal caused great agitation in Holzkirchen, a small market town south of Munich, especially among the parents of the children attending the center. Mayor Olaf von Löwis says he is "very relieved" that the head of the care center, who wishes to remain unnamed and does not want to speak to the media, can now go back to her job.
A year ago, on Aug. 9, Michael Brown, an African-American teen, was fatally shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who is white.
As the United States gears up for the next presidential election in 2016, would-be contenders are already coming forward to announce their candidacies. As soon as each makes his or her intentions public, the race begins -- not the presidential race, but a parallel race bent on smearing the opposition by digging into their personal lives for every true or unsubstantiated detail that might cast doubt on their abilities, ethics, principles and values.
It was a slippery slope. Once I began to refer to the Holy Spirit in the feminine in my sermons and in the creed, certain results followed — slowly at first, but inevitably.
Philadelphia officials Aug. 5 described road closures, traffic restrictions and other transportation details for Pope Francis' September visit to the city.
Preview: Some sisters made national headlines over their conflict with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles about who had the right to sell the sisters' villa-style convent.