| Mar 20, 2012
| 6:55 PM
At a time when Roman Catholic bishops are waging political wars against contraception and same-sex marriage, one of the church's most hard-line generals was named Tuesday to head its historically important Baltimore archdiocese.
The Vatican appointed...
| Sep 3, 2011
| 12:33 PM
A 28-year-old guy living in his parents' basement in South Philadelphia just might be one of the foremost experts on the Archdiocese of Baltimore, if not the whole American Catholic Church.
Rocco Palmo facetiously calls himself "The Church Whisperer,"...
| Jan 10, 2011
| 4:46 AM
The rite, those few priests who have performed it say, can unfold as a quiet prayer session or a show of violence.
The afflicted person may curse the cleric, speak in a voice not his or her own, even assume facial features that one priest described as...
| Jan 26, 2012
| 6:00 AM
"We need to understand what circumstances led to this incident," said an archdiocese spokesman ("Archdiocese investigating priest: He's suspended indefinitely after arrest on charges of indecent exposure," Jan. 24).
Celibacy, that unnatural restriction,...
| Feb 11, 2012
| 11:57 AM
I once met a smart and delightful young woman who was making her way through a demanding college program despite being a single mother of two.
From what I could tell, she was quite a loving mom and her kids seemed happy. But just watching her juggle...
| Jan 6, 2012
| 5:11 PM
Baltimore's archdiocese, the oldest in the nation, can once again claim one of the highest-ranking members of the Roman Catholic Church as its leader.
Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, leader of the archdiocese since 2007, was named a cardinal Friday by...
| Jan 16, 2012
| 2:15 PM
For as long as she can remember, Mervin Savoy has pressed the world to see her as she sees herself.
She refused to be bowed by the school officials who wouldn't let her write "American Indian" on forms identifying her race. She refused to be halted by...
| Jul 26, 2011
| 2:48 PM
Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Vatican's delegate to the United States, has undergone major lung surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and remains critically ill, a high-ranking church source said. Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien has asked religious...
| Jul 28, 2011
| 1:47 PM
Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Vatican's ambassador to the United States, died Wednesday of complications from surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, church officials said.
The 73-year-old Italian prelate had undergone lung surgery nearly three weeks ago and...
| Feb 18, 2012
| 8:08 AM
Even as he prepared in Rome for the weekend ceremony that will elevate him to cardinal, Baltimore Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien vigorously lobbied for political issues important to the Roman Catholic Church — a hallmark of his five-year stint here....
| Mar 7, 2012
| 8:47 AM
Soprano Stacey Mastrian returns to her native Bel Air to present a recital of songs and arias in Italian, French, German, Spanish and English, with pianist Scott Crowne. The concert will be Friday, March 16, at 8 p.m. at the St. Mary Magdalen Mission...
| Nov 14, 2011
| 3:00 AM
At a time of staggering poverty, rampant unemployment and growing income inequality, Catholic bishops will gather for a national meeting in Baltimore today and remain largely silent about these profound moral issues. A recent Catholic News Service...