Laws must regulate certain sexual behaviors, Vatican official says
Mar 23 2011
GENEVA – States have the right and duty to regulate people’s behavior, including some sexual behaviors, a Vatican official told the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Catholic leaders implore parishioners to contact Maryland delegates on same-sex marriage bill
Mar 04 2011
As the full House of Delegates prepares to begin what is expected to be an intense debate on legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland, Mary Ellen Russell is imploring Catholics to contact their delegates and make their voices heard on the issue.

U.S. bishops criticize Obama administration’s decision on marriage law
Feb 24 2011
WASHINGTON – The U.S. bishops’ Office of General Counsel said the Obama administration’s decision to no longer support the Defense of Marriage Act in legal challenges ahead “represents an abdication” of its “constitutional obligation to ensure that laws of the United States are faithfully executed.”

Dr. Nathanson, abortion proponent turned pro-life advocate, dies at 84
Feb 23 2011
WASHINGTON – Dr. Bernard N. Nathanson, once a leading figure in the movement to legalize abortion and to keep it legal, spent the last decades of his life raising awareness about the horrors of abortion and repenting for the tens of thousands of abortions for which he felt responsible.

Lobby Night is Feb. 21
Feb 17 2011
Catholics from across the archdiocese will converge on Annapolis this President’s Day, Feb. 21, to learn about legislative issues facing the Maryland General Assembly and to meet their lawmakers.

Catholic theologians call for changes after abuse crisis in Germany
Feb 11 2011
OXFORD, England – More than 140 Catholic theologians from universities in Austria, Germany and Switzerland called for the church to take serious steps to address the problems of the priest shortage by allowing married priests and women to have more active roles in church ministry and allowing laypeople to help select bishops and pastors, among other changes.

Sydney cardinal: Priests have right to discuss politics when preaching
Jan 05 2011
PERTH, Australia – Cardinal George Pell of Sydney has defended the right of priests to speak against the legalization of same-sex marriage from the pulpit.

President signs repeal of military’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy
Dec 24 2010
WASHINGTON – With the repeal of the policy that banned gays from serving openly in the armed forces, an auxiliary bishop of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services said Dec. 23 that “there are no changes” to the archdiocese’s ministry “and our response” to “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

A vocation is no minor call
Nov 18 2010
The question on the cover of the November issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, caught my eye: “What’s your true calling?”

Pilgrim pope: Journey to Spain highlights traditional, modern faith
Oct 31 2010
VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI has said he’s heading to Spain Nov. 6-7 as a pilgrim, and the trip will give him an opportunity to participate in the most popular foot pilgrimage in Europe, the “camino” or journey to Santiago de Compostela.

Appeals court grants stay on same-sex marriages in California
Aug 18 2010
WASHINGTON – The Aug. 16 decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to prevent the state of California from conducting same-sex marriages while an appeal is under way drew cheers from same-sex marriage opponents.

Actress Patricia Neal dies; she overcame strokes, family adversity
Aug 14 2010
EDGARTOWN, Mass.–- Actress Patricia Neal, who won an Oscar for best actress for her starring role as a housekeeper opposite Paul Newman in the 1963 film “Hud,” died Aug. 8 of lung cancer. She was 84.