Comments made by Catholic legislators in New Mexico in support of abortion and physician-assisted suicide "do not represent" church teaching and "may be confusing to the Catholic faithful," said the state's Catholic bishops.
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.
Q&A: "The pope is making a real impression on all of our hearts, , including mine. ... He walks the talk."
Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Archbishop Michael Sheehan of Santa Fe, N.M., and named Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City to succeed him.
Sheehan, who has headed the Santa Fe archdiocese since 1993, turned 75 last year, the age at which bishops are required under canon law to submit their resignations to the pope.
A San Francisco native, Wester, 64, has headed the Salt Lake City diocese, which encompasses the entire state of Utah, since 2007.
Bishops who are named to head archdioceses immediately assume the title of archbishop.
"Fine young priests" will replace the Dominicans who have served the University of New Mexico's Aquinas Newman Center since 1950.
A federal judge Friday struck down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, arguing it violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process.
A day earlier the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that barring same-sex couples from marrying violates the equal protection clause of that state's constitution.