Aug 1, 2011 - 05:56 pm .- The regent of the apostolic penitentiary, Archbishop Gianfranco Girotti, firmly stated that the Catholic Church will never divulge the confession of a penitent.
Aug 1, 2011 - 05:45 pm .- The U.S. bishops spoke out on August 1 against federal rules requiring nearly all new health plans, including those of most religious agencies, to cover all government-approved methods of contraception as well as surgical sterilization.
Aug 1, 2011 - 04:58 pm .- The Obama administration has announced a requirement that all new insurance plans must cover contraceptives and sterilization. However, the religious exemptions are so narrow that they could force Catholic charities, health care providers and educational institutions to cover services they regard as sinful, Catholic leaders warned.
Aug 1, 2011 - 04:21 pm .- Despite the Diocese of Orange recently making a $50 million bid for the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, church board members announced on July 31 that the building is no longer for sale.
Aug 1, 2011 - 02:01 pm .- Some 4,000 young people with disabilities are expected to participate in World Youth Day Madrid.