National News

Bishops vote to draft teaching document on the Eucharist

The U.S. bishops approved by a wide margin -- 168-55 -- a plan to draft a document to examine the "meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the church" following a lengthy debate during their spring general assembly.

Bishops OK draft of framework for marriage, family life ministry

The U.S. bishops approved a draft document that provides a pastoral framework meant to strengthen marriage and family ministry in parishes and dioceses.

NRB chair urges bishops to continue focus on healing for abuse survivors

Although major steps have been taken to help achieve healing and reconciliation with survivors of clergy sexual abuse, much work remains ahead for the U.S. Catholic Church, said the chairwoman of the National Review Board.

‘Receive the gifts you are,’ forum keynoter tells young Catholic women

Sister Bethany Madonna opened the GIVEN Institute's annual Catholic Young Women's Leadership Forum by explaining how women can actualize their gifts from God.

Bishops approve Liturgy of the Hours, penance, Marian translations

The bishops continued "to make steady progress" approving new translations and adding prayers to Catholic liturgical texts, which must yet be approved by the Vatican.

Bishops discuss national document on youth, young adults

The bishop of Dallas called for a new pastoral framework on accompanying youths and young adults in the church. Other bishops sought inclusion of youth without a religious affiliation.

Supreme Court rules in favor of Catholic agency in foster case

Although the court said Philadelphia's anti-discrimination laws put an unfair burden on Philadelphia's Catholic Social Services, the justices did not issue a sweeping ruling on religious rights or overturn its previous decision involving religious liberty.

Pro-life group decries new bill aimed at codifying Roe v. Wade

The bill "would invalidate nearly all existing state limitations on abortion," said a spokesperson with National Right to Life. Democratic Sens. Bob Casey Jr. and Joe Manchin are not among the bill's co-sponsors.

Use online outlets to communicate truth in love, not spread hate, archbishop says

An epidemic of hatred in social media and digital news, in which people turn against one another rather than speak truth in love, is poisoning communications and damaging the unity Christ calls for, Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron wrote in a pastoral letter.

Catholic media must proclaim God’s word, not polarize, Bishop Barron says

Prioritizing the resurrection of Jesus over some "false dichotomy, pitting one against the other," was one theme along with social media and synodality in a talk by popular speaker Bishop Robert Barron to Catholic media professionals June 10.