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Although I am Jewish, I have great respect for the Catholic Church, new Pope Francis and Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington ("Cardinals: Church needs to ensure marriage defense isn't attack on gays," Web, Sunday).
A standing-room-only crowd joined Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, in celebrating Easter Mass, where he explained how Pope Francis had the honor of leading the 2,000-year-old tradition for 1.2 billion Catholics around the world.
With the election of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as supreme pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, there seems to have been no shortage of people — Catholic and non-Catholic — offering the new Pope Francis advice. Much, if not most, of that advice has been theological, suggesting a wide range of changes in Church doctrine and rules.
The archbishop of Washington is one of 118 men who will be locked inside a chapel in Vatican City in the coming weeks to decide the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church. But he's most looking forward to seeing the art.
America's 77 million Catholics generally gave Pope Benedict XVI high marks, but his surprise decision to step down after just eight years comes as the U.S. church confronts a string of unanswered questions, on issues ranging from divisions with the Obama administration on birth control and gay marriage to political activism by U.S. nuns and the continuing fallout from the sexual-abuse scandals in dioceses across the country.
Forty years ago, a poor, anonymous, pregnant woman called "Jane Roe" stepped forward to attack a Texas state law banning abortion. She and her attorneys succeeded beyond their wildest imaginations.
As D.C. resident Orlando Olmo looked around the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Tuesday, he stopped to take in the scene.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops wrapped up two weeks of events meant to highlight what they say are attacks on religious liberties Wednesday with a Mass attended by an overflow crowd of at least 4,000 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
A panel of the nation's Catholic bishops said Thursday that their flock "must have the courage not to obey unjust laws" and called for Catholic political leaders, clergy and laity to pray, fast and speak out for religious liberty during a two-week period that ends on Independence Day.