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Legislating Abortion Stigma

Anu Kumar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anu Kumar

Last week, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce heard three "experts" on abortion policy testify on the "Protect Life Act," one of several bills aimed at reducing access to legal abortion services.

New Bill Would Allow Religious Hospitals to Deny Life-Saving Emergency Care

Nancy Northup | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Northup

Would you ask someone else to die for your religious beliefs? A new proposal moving through Congress makes clear that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops apparently expects everyone to die for theirs.

Ohio's Catholic Bishops Urge End To Death Penalty

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Reginald Fields Religion News Service COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Catholic bishops of Ohio are calling on Gov. John Kasich and state lawmakers to abolis...

A Pro-Life Prayer On The Anniversary Of Roe v. Wade

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

The Vatican's position on birth control causes abortions.

Five Myths About The Catholic Vote In Election 2010

Jon O'Brien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jon O'Brien

As the election nears, many news outlets are repeating misinformation about what Catholics believe and what they can and should do when it comes to voting. The reality is that Catholic teachings and the views of Catholics are not closely aligned with the political priorities of the bishops.

Catholic Bishops Rebuke Theologians' Book Over Views On Homosexuality

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops have issued a rare public rebuke of two Roman Catholic theologians, saying thei...

The Catholic Church: A Failed Institution?

John Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Zogby

Job approval of Pope Benedict XVI and American Bishops has reached historic lows. Only 56% of American Catholics approve of the overall job that Pope Benedict XVI doing.

Belgium's Raid on Catholic Church Was Model For World To Follow

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Wayne Besen

Law enforcement across the globe must stop coddling alleged criminals and enabling a Vatican cover-up. The Pope's kangaroo investigative committees ought to be dismantled immediately and the police should handle the possible crimes.

The Bishops' Fig Leaf

Jon O'Brien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jon O'Brien

When it comes to matters that have nothing to do with religious belief but rather relate to public policy, then I have a problem with Catholic bishops dictating to members of our church what we should believe.

Catholic Bishops Ignore Their Own Sins While Telling Us What To Do

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

It turns out that the Pope is just one more bishop to try to hide then protect child abusers. We have nothing to learn from these people who constantly seek to "teach" us their "absolute truths."

A Flawed Step Forward on Health Care Reform

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

We all know how much the media love conflict, and they have fallen in love with the health care debate. To say the process hasn't been pretty would be one of the biggest Washington understatements in years.

Pope vs. Doctors: How New Vatican Orthodoxy Undermines Medical Ethics and Imperils Your Health

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

By challenging this longstanding system of benign neglect, bishops and zealots may believe they will achieve ideological purity. What they are actually doing is jeopardizing Catholic hospitals and public health.

How the Opinion of One Pope Became the Rule for All Americans

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops recently mandated tube-feeding for all permanently unconscious patients in Catholic healthcare institutions. How did it come to take this position?

Catholic Bishops Tell Congress That Passing Health Care Is A 'Moral Imperative'

Politics Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a strongly worded appeal that will test their political influence, especially with their pro-life and Republican allies, the Catholic bishops of th...

Ode to Health Care Reform: An Absurd Poem about Absurdities.

Valerie Tarico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Valerie Tarico

The Party of No // had nowhere to go // but backwards // to get to the future. // "Uh, that doesn't work," // said a brazen Young Turk. // "Someone please shut them up // with a cloture!"

Do Catholic Bishops Run the United States Government?

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reproductive Justice

Have you had enough of Democrats that you elect selling you down the river? Are you angry enough?

Manhattan Declaration -- Who Are They Kidding?

Fred Karger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Karger

Let's hope the Mormon leadership is truly softening its position on the issue of gay rights. It has been a huge PR nightmare for the Church and one that divides so many Mormon families.

Kenya Anglicans Reject Pope's Offer To Join Catholic Church

BBC NEWS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The head of Kenya's Anglican Church, Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, has rejected the Pope's offer to allow disaffected Anglicans to join the Catholic Chur...

Strong Clerical Support for a Woman's Right to Choose Does Exist

Rev. Tom Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Tom Davis

Anti-abortion groups are working to torpedo all health reform if they cannot impose their religious strictures on those who follow other religious teachings. Do the moral views of other religions not matter?

Stupak Amendment Breaks Heart

Donna Schaper | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Donna Schaper

The Stupak amendment joins Joe Lieberman in breaking my heart. It is not a political matter for me. It is an insult, an affront, a stupidity, and a knife in my back.

Catholic Bishops Flex Moral Muscle for Immigration Reform

John Gehring | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Gehring

Catholic bishops have signaled they will play a leading role in pushing for comprehensive immigration reform this year by using the power of their pulpits and bipartisan political influence on Capitol Hill.

The Health Care-Abortion Issue: An Open Letter To The Catholic Bishops

Valerie Tarico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Valerie Tarico

Dear Bishops: In our struggle to get health care for all, you saw an opportunity to make sure that American women can't afford abortions, a way to be the deciders for all of us.

The Bishops' "Dixi"-Land Ban: Abortion and the Catholic Church

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reproductive Justice

Catholic leaders know they have not persuaded one another, the public, or their own laity, to agree that contraception is evil. The belief that contraception is intrinsically evil, though sincere, does not make it true.

NARAL and Planned Parenthood: Ineffectiveness Anti-Choice Democrats Can Rely On

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

Democrats in Congress have just proudly signed a deal that allows a bunch of old men who have spent the better part of the last century avoiding their own sexual issues to dictate access to abortion services.

Obama's Health Care Pitch Should Be Less, Er, "Christian"

Steven Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Waldman

Forgive my theological oversimplification but the health care message needs a bit less Jesus and a bit more Moses