VATICAN CITY - Catholic bishops signaled a radical shift in tone Monday about accepting gays into the church, saying they had gifts to offer and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided homosexual couples with "precious" support. In a preliminary report, released half-way through a Vatican meeting on family life... more »
NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are staying focused on abortion and gay marriage under Pope Francis. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted Wednesday to make only limited revisions to the voting guide they publish every presidential election year. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Texas,... more »
BATON ROUGE - The Diocese of Baton Rouge released a statement by U. S. Catholic bishops today which called the Supreme Court's Defense of Marriage Act ruling "a tragic day for marriage and our nation."
The high court struck down a provision of DOMA which denied federal benefits for... more »
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal won't halt a state execution planned for next week of a DeSoto Parish man who murdered his 6-year-old stepson two decades ago. Jindal spokesman Sean Lansing said Tuesday that the governor sees no reason to intervene in the case. Christopher Sepulvado is scheduled to... more »
BALTIMORE - The nation's Roman Catholic bishops say they won't change their strategy on gay marriage or birth control coverage despite the outcome of the election. Bishops have been in the forefront of opposing same-sex marriage. But voters decided ballot questions in four states last week in favor of gay... more »
The Vatican has for the first time made it clear that bishops and other high-ranking clergy should report clerical sex abuse to police. The Vatican has insisted that this has long been the Catholic Church's policy. But in a new guide for lay readers posted Monday on its Web site,... more »