The retired archbishop of Baltimore who was known for his vital role in ecumenical and interreligious relations, died early March 23.
Calling health care "a vital concern for nearly every person in the country," the U.S. Catholic bishops said March 8 they will be reviewing closely a measure introduced in the House March 6 to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Grace on the Margins: Evidence suggests the bishops threw under the bus the needs of immigrants and refugees for the sake of an anti-abortion, anti-LGBT, right-wing religious liberty agenda.
Some conservatives miffed. President Trump won't revoke an Obama executive order prohibiting workplace discrimination based on "sexual orientation" and "gender identity."
Distinctly Catholic: At a time when the country desperately needs a strong moral voice, the USCCB is fretting about things that don't matter and tepidly addressing the things that do.
Choice for president will send a message about whether the episcopate "is sticking to its old playbook or is deciding for dramatic change," says one observer.
Distinctly Catholic: The USCCB has been largely pursuing a culture warrior agenda that has served the Church very badly, tempting some Catholics to give up on the conference.
NCR Today: There can be no doubt now that Pope Francis is indeed seeking to remake the church into his own image.
Analysis: The pontiff passed over prelates favored by culture warriors of the right and chose more pastoral bishops. That's a big change.
Law enforcement officials in Wichita Monday announced that a body found some days earlier in the Arkansas River near one of the city's park was the body of Brian Bergkamp, a seminarian from the Wichita, Kan., diocese.
The Wichita Eagle Daily newspaper reported that a fisherman had spotted a piece of life vest floating in the water with a rosary attached to it. That discovery led to finding the body of the missing seminarian. The coroner on Saturday confirmed it was Bergkamp and his family was given the news first.