More than 500 engaged in the struggle for human rights are expected at the February regional meeting of the World Meeting of Popular Movements, a project embraced by Pope Francis.
On the ballot: Voters went against nearly all of the ballot initiatives backed by Catholic leaders and advocates, except the referendums on minimum wage increases and gun control.
Working groups offer "a promising model for healing and bridge-building ... and the American church needs this desperately," says one adviser to the diocesan family synod.
Legalizing Marijuana: Catholic leaders are urging voters to reject propositions to allow recreational marijuana
Updated with video: As groundbreaking synod ends, diocesan leaders look to address what Bishop McElroy calls the US church's "great pastoral crisis and challenge."
Updated with video: The San Diego diocese held a synod process Oct. 29-30 to develop achievable ways to implement Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, in daily church life.
The U.S. province of the Society of the Priests of St. Sulpice announced Oct. 21 it would be withdrawing its members from St. Patrick's Seminary and University.
As contingent faculty piece together uncertain careers, some of their organizing efforts have met with success, while other schools resist on religious liberty grounds.
Bishop Robert McElroy said the Catholic community was saddened by the shooting death of Alfred Olango of El Cajon during a confrontation with police officers Sept. 27.
Long a thorn in their side when used by conservatives, progressives are now leveraging religious freedom for their own issues.