NCR Today: Bishop Michael Barber, S.J., announced Dec. 8 that the Oakland Diocese's observance of the Year of Mercy will include outreach to girls who are victims of sex trafficking.
The Oakland, Calif., diocese has been growing grapes for wine on 16 acres of empty land at three of its cemeteries for several years.
NCR Today: The language of the handbook suggests that if employees are discreet, then no harm, no foul. This is a clumsy, inept Catholic version of "Don't ask, don't tell."
The new section puts teachers and faculty on notice about heightened demands regarding adherence to Catholic teaching, particularly on sexual issues.
Opinion: Young Catholics are increasingly turned off by the attitudes of some American bishops, including the opposition to civil gay marriage and refusal to consider female priests.
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."
The Newman Hall Holy Spirit Parish community is angry and mystified after learning that Oakland, Calif., Bishop Michael Barber removed their pastor and campus minister.