Catholics Asked to Fight Birth Control Insurance Rule

(RNS) Catholics around the country are being asked to object in writing to a new federal rule that will require Catholic ministries to offer birth control coverage to their employees. In particular, Catholic bishops say a “conscience clause” that ought to exempt...

Priest Won’t Stop Push for Women’s Ordination

(RNS) The Roman Catholic priest who faces expulsion from the priesthood and his religious order for advocating for women to be ordained as priests is refusing to recant and has hired a church lawyer. “What they’re asking me to do is lie,” the Rev. Roy Bourgeois said...

Manhattan Declaration Comes to New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Nearly 200 pastors, policymakers and other New Orleans-area Christians were urged to sign a declaration circulating nationally in support of traditional marriage, protection of life and freedom of religious conscience, three values said to be under...

Principal at Paddling School Vows to Remain in Job

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The embattled president of the nation’s last Catholic school to employ corporal punishment said he plans to remain on the job in spite of a weekend order that abruptly recalled him to Baltimore. The Rev. John Raphael unexpectedly appeared at a...

Archbishop Says He Has Proof of Paddling’s Pain

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Archbishop Gregory Aymond says he has firsthand accounts from students who said they were injured by paddling at a Catholic high school, challenging school supporters who have filed suit over the claims. Aymond’s disclosure came as parents and alumni...