Prominent Catholics see larger role for laity in church’s abuse response

An independent lay-run board that would hold bishops accountable for their actions, a national day for Mass or prayers of reparation, and encouragement to parishioners to become more involved in their diocese are among steps suggested by prominent lay Catholics to right the U.S. church as it deals with a new clergy sexual abuse scandal.

Bishop urges U.S. to remain party to Iran nuclear deal

Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, said in a letter Oct. 3 to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the threat of violence from the North Korean regime cannot be ignored, and the U.S. must work with others in the international community for a diplomatic solution based on dialogue.