Long a thorn in their side when used by conservatives, progressives are now leveraging religious freedom for their own issues.
Washington: The task force will help bishops engage directly in challenging problems highlighted by the racial problems following recent shootings.
Following Pope Francis' lead, the bishop calls for a synod as 'a promising pathway' to focus on the church's daunting challenges.
Catholic parishes in the most immigrant-rich part of California are heeding Pope Francis' call to treat migrants with "charity and cooperation."
St. Ignatius College Preparatory High School has suspended 14 students for attending an Jan. 23 outdoor party that "had an inappropriate theme with racial overtones and racist implications."
Four states have legalized the practice of death assisted suicide or aid in dying through legislation. But opponents are determined to continue to battle aid-in-dying laws.
California's bishops expressed disappointment with Gov. Jerry Brown's Monday signing of a measure legalizing physician-assisted suicide in the state, saying the law "stands in direct contradiction to providing compassionate, quality care for those facing a terminal illness."
"This bill does nothing to validate the lives of the vulnerable," said the California Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state's bishops, in a statement soon after Brown's action.
Physician-assisted dying will become legal in California under a bill signed into law on Monday by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.
The law, based on a similar measure in Oregon, allows terminally ill people to seek a doctor’s prescription for a lethal medication. As in Oregon, two doctors must agree the person has only six months to live and is mentally competent.
California Indians argue that the 18th-century Franciscan, to be made a saint during the pope's U.S. trip, helped destroy their culture and decimate their people.
“It is important to make the record right in respect to the mission Indians, to make an honest effort to set things straight and move towards the future.”