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U.S. Catholic Bishops Side With Dems, Not GOP, On Main Issues Of 2012

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 11.01.2012 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

Whatever your political beliefs, it must have come as a surprise to hear that Cardinal Timothy Dolan would be offering a benediction at the Democratic National Convention as well as at the Republican one. What gives?

A Bishop's First Duty

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 10.30.2012 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Today's Catholic episcopate seems increasingly marred by a bitter-end spirit of strife and faction. Where's the humble recognition that the political squabbles of this world should not rend asunder the Church of Christ?

Ryan's Budget Approach Challenges Bishops, At Odds With Catholics

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 10.28.2012 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

Rather than cutting social welfare programs, Catholics overwhelmingly believe that the government should ask the rich to pay a greater share, a strategy that clearly conflicts with the Ryan plan.

Dances With Hacks: Bishops As Politicians

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 10.27.2012 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Long a bouquet of shy wallflowers compared with evangelicals, Catholic bishops are at last joining the dance at the Republican party. The Catholic hierarchs are abandoning the restraint that once made them credible as moral leaders above the partisan fray.

Are Catholics In The Pews Like Pew's 'Catholic Voters'?

Carol DeChant | Posted 10.14.2012 | Religion
Carol DeChant

Everyone agrees that the "Catholic vote" is important. Candidates court it and pundits analyze it. But no one seems to know what (or who) it actually is. Or even if it exists.

7 Ways #FreePussyRiot And #NunsOnTheBus Are Alike

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Soraya Chemaly

Whether it's women singing and dancing on altars in religio-political protest or women riding on buses because they can't stand behind them, what's the difference?

U.S. Catholics' Satisfaction With Bishops Is Up

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

The bishops may take some satisfaction in an approval rating of 70 percent, but raising poll numbers was never their goal. The year 2012 still presents challenges, especially in the area of sexual abuse.

First Amendment Basics And The Contraceptive Coverage Rule

Bridgette Dunlap | Posted 10.02.2012 | Religion
Bridgette Dunlap

It is one thing to say, "I think this is a terrible policy." It is something else entirely to suggest those whose policies you oppose are trampling the Constitution or persecuting the religious.

Amanda Terkel

42 Religious Groups Condemn Michele Bachmann's Anti-Muslim Allegations | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Forty-two religious and secular organizations united on Thursday in condemning conservative lawmakers' allegations that Muslim-American ...

Bishops Are Wrong About Religious Freedom Violations

Bridgette Dunlap | Posted 09.12.2012 | Religion
Bridgette Dunlap

The bishops may reject the choices made by voters and their elected representatives and lament that Catholics use birth control and form families in violation of their commands, but this does not mean their religious freedoms are being violated.

New Meaning To The Mass Text

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 09.10.2012 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

The July 4 closing of the Fortnight for Freedom at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington drew a standing-room-only crowd, a fact that stunned organizers given the holiday.

Let's Celebrate Real Religious Freedom

Jon O'Brien | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
Jon O'Brien

Today's American Catholic bishops would have us think they are the latest victims of religious persecution. Their claims denigrate the suffering of those who know the true meaning of that term.

No Religion Is An Island: Facing Injustice In A Community Not 'Our Own'

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 08.30.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Let's face the question squarely: Should people who are not members of the community in which some "teachers" are abusive keep their noses out of the abuse?

The Earthly Power Of A Philadelphia Jury

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Those who wonder why the Church has been unable to halt the rolling catastrophe of sexual abuse claims need only consider the difference between the American system of law and Catholic justice.

10 Things You Need To Know About Religious Liberty

Sally Steenland | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Sally Steenland

To hear the dire warnings of conservatives, you would think that religious liberty in this country is hanging by a thread. Such claims are apocalyptic. They are also wrong.

Let's Hear It For Catholic Leaders Who Defend Marriage Equality!

Bernard Schlager, Ph.D. | Posted 08.18.2012 | Religion
Bernard Schlager, Ph.D.

While the march to full marriage equality in the United States seems to advance at an agonizingly slow pace, it is important for us to recognize that most American Catholics support marriage for lesbian and gay couples.

Whose Religious Freedom Is Under Attack?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 08.11.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

As a rabbi, I am deeply conscious of the transcendent value of religious freedom. I believe that the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is indeed one of God's best creations. So I listen with great care to claims it is being violated.

The Truth About Religious Freedom

Jon O'Brien | Posted 08.07.2012 | Religion
Jon O'Brien

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) rarely lets the facts get in the way of their story. In making their case, they have relied on spurious claims about religious liberty, conscience and science.

Hey Vatican: Lay Off My Sisters!

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

Rather than publicly chastising nuns, the Catholic Church should be thanking God for every single compassionate, thought-filled and selfless one of them.

That Sound You Don't Hear: Catholic Leadership's Response To Project Prevention

Jeanne Flavin | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Jeanne Flavin

I find it increasingly difficult to listen to what some Catholic leaders have to say on the subject of morality when their silence on Project Prevention and many other matters of significant moral import has been nothing short of deafening.

The Irony Of The Bishops' Opposition To Providing Contraceptive Services

Frank G. Kirkpatrick | Posted 08.01.2012 | Religion
Frank G. Kirkpatrick

Is it possible that the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops will one day be credited with having significantly advanced, albeit unintentionally, the argument for a single-payer health care system in the United States?

Catholic Bishops Differ On Religious Liberty Tactics

National Catholic Reporter | Michael Sean Winters | Posted 05.23.2012 | Religion

By Michael Sean Winters National Catholic Reporter Yesterday, the dam broke. In comments made to Kevin Clarke at America magazine, Bishop Stephen ...

Walking The (Catholic) Plank

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

Why doesn't my Catholic Church get its own house in order first? Get the plank/log/boulder/semi truck/elephant out of its own eye before it tries to remove a speck from another's eye?

Bishops vs. Nuns -- No Contest

James Zogby | Posted 06.20.2012 | Religion
James Zogby

With each new outrageous act of control, the bishops are looking more like desperate old men, attempting to hold on to the last vestiges of their fading authority by defending their power over the institution while ignoring the gospel.

SNAP: Cutting What Works?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The impact of more cuts on children and families who now receive a nutritionally adequate diet from SNAP would be devastating. Where is the justice in a vote to protect wealthy farmers over hungry children?