Oct 28, 2013 — German Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst has been suspended by Pope Francis after reports about lavish spending on renovations at his residence in Limburg. Now, the home he spent tens of millions of dollars on may be put to use as a refugee center or soup kitchen.
Oct 23, 2013 — In Germany, Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst is at the center of a controversy over millions spent on renovations at his residence and offices.
Apr 11, 2013 — Emil Kapaun is being honored for his "extraordinary heroism" during the Korean War. The Catholic priest, who died in a prisoner of war camp in 1951, is also a potential candidate for sainthood.
Mar 22, 2013 — Seafood consumption typically increases during Lent in the U.S. The jump is traditionally attributed to Catholics observing the church's Lenten ban on eating meat on Fridays. But data suggest younger Americans aren't keeping up the fish tradition.
May 25, 2012 — Defenders of an Obama administration rule requiring most health insurance plans to offer access to contraception without copays say there's no validity to arguments it violates religious freedom.
May 11, 2012 — The bishops want to know if the iconic group has ties or views that conflict with Catholic teaching. This is important because many of the troops are sponsored by Catholic parishes.
Apr 6, 2012 — A long-standing myth holds that Catholics eat fish on Fridays because of a secret pact a medieval pope made to sell more fish. That's just a fish tale. The real story behind fish Fridays is much better.
Feb 13, 2012 — Conventional wisdom says the presidential election will be decided on the state of the economy. But, as recent controversies attest, don't be surprised if the culture wars — battles over abortion, contraception and same-sex marriage — also play a role.
Feb 10, 2012 — The change to a previously announced rule would allow employers that have religious objections to offering contraception as part of their health plans to turn the responsibility over to insurance companies instead.
Sep 23, 2011 — Death penalty opponents seized on the execution of Davis, whose conviction of killing a police officer was based on questionable eyewitness accounts, as an event that could turn the tide against state-sponsored executions. History, however, suggests that despite outrage in some quarters over the killing of Davis and other executions, public opinion will remain firmly supportive.