Only an estimated 23% of U.S. Catholics attend Mass each week, the bishops say, so 'the New Evangelization places a special emphasis on welcoming back to the Lord’s table all those who are absent, because they are greatly missed and needed to build up the body of Christ.'
Rick Santorum bows out of the race. But his critique of President Kennedy has already prompted Cardinal Dolan to offer his own assessment of JFK's legacy, signaling a broader push to challenge Catholic attitudes on political engagement.
UPDATE: As legislation moves forward in Maryland, groups vow to bring issue to referendum. 'The Catholic Church, like others throughout Western civilization for thousands of years, has regarded marriage for its unique gifts rooted in nature,' said Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, apostolic administrator of Baltimore. Also: New Jersey governor vetoes same-sex 'marriage' bill.