In Pro-Life Push, Knights Give 1,000th Ultrasound to Virginia Clinic

A former Virginia abortion clinic that was turned into a free medical facility continued its metamorphosis on Monday, when it received the 1,000th ultrasound machine to be gifted by the Knights of Columbus as part of an effort to curb abortion and foster a “culture of life.”

Case of Opus Dei Priest Raises Fresh Questions About Clerical Abuse Crisis

Opus Dei has a reputation as perhaps the most buttoned-down, by-the-book group in the Catholic Church, so when the Washington Postreported last week that it had paid nearly a million dollars to settle a sexual misconduct allegation against one of its most prominent priests, it set off shockwaves and raised new questions about the Church’s response to the clerical abuse crisis.

Judge Blocks Trump Administration’s Rule on Birth-Control Coverage

On Sunday, federal Judge Haywood Gilliam blocked a Trump administration’s rule that would allow more employers to decline providing women with no-cost birth control on moral or religious grounds. The Department of Health and Human Services issued the new rules that were supposed to go into effect on today. The ruling by Judge Gilliam, from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, put the new policy on hold for 13 states and the District of Columbia

Bishops Describe Their Retreat as Inspiring, Spirit-Filled

Although the weeklong retreat for U.S. Catholic bishops emphasized quiet reflection, several bishops spoke out on social media during the retreat and after it wrapped up Jan. 8 with positive reaction about it and to give shoutouts to the retreat leader, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, who has preached to popes and top officials of the Roman Curia for nearly 40 years.

Cardinal Wuerl Knew of Allegations Against McCarrick, Despite Earlier Denials

Despite persistent denials that he was unaware of allegations against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, both the Archdiocese of Washington and the Diocese of Pittsburgh have confirmed that Cardinal Donald Wuerl was aware of sexual misconduct allegations related to McCarrick and that he took steps to inform the Vatican of them.

Pro-Immigrant Nun Praised by Pope to Meet Trump At the Border

When President Donald Trump visits the southern U.S. border today as a part of his push for a security wall between Mexico and the U.S., he will meet with Sister Norma Pimentel, one of the nation’s most active Catholic leaders along the border.