New Mexico's Catholic bishops oppose Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's plan to reinstate the death penalty and called on the Legislature to reject it.
Bishops from all the Catholic dioceses in Missouri support Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of the bill, and requested that the Missouri General Assembly uphold the governor's decision.
"People call me 'the enemy of the pope' and so forth. I have never been and I am not presently the enemy of the pope," says Cardinal Raymond Burke.
Viewpoint: Give qualified laypersons real authority to lead faith communities. This could shift emphasis of pastoral leadership towards preaching the kingdom.
As millions around the world enjoy summer vacations, Pope Francis is providing a beach escape for those who cannot afford them.
Augustinian Fr. Gabriel Daly criticized the absence of Irish bishops at the funeral mass of Marist Fr. Sean Fagan, who was censured by the Vatican in 2008.
The pope's visit has raised questions about how Poland treats Francis' vision of the church, as the country remains aligned with St. John Paul II's conservative teachings.
Some members are clearly supportive of the possibility of women serving as deacons, while others says there is no firm historical precedent to follow.
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, a practicing Catholic who has never lost an election, has received criticism from Catholics for his stances on abortion and the death penalty.
Retired Bishop John Ricard says black Catholic leaders are looking for ways to address the violence and racism that were on full display during the early July shootings.