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American Nuns Will Honor Elizabeth Johnson Over US Bishops Objections

Religion News Service | HEIDI HALL | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) The nation’s largest leadership group for Catholic nuns will bestow its top award Friday (Aug. 15) on a theologian who has be...

Good News: Many Hispanic Catholics. Challenge: To Meet Their Spiritual Needs

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 07.05.2014 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

The practice of Catholicism by U.S. Hispanics has never been higher, but the needs of this huge community require the Church to do more.

US Catholic Bishops Elect New President

Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion

The Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville, was elected President Of US Catholic Bishops today at the Catholic Bishops General Assembly in Bal...

Smell Like the Sheep -- Make God Your Escape Key

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

One goal of the U.S. bishops this year is to improve homilies at Mass. Homilies and music are integral to helping people experience God's presence.

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.

Religious Freedom Campaign: It's Only Just Begun

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

The bishops' Fortnight for Freedom is over, but the concern for religious liberty has only begun to be heard. Now where do those who want to stand up for religious freedom go? The answer is everywhere because religious freedom is a worldwide concern.

Flawed Affordable Care Act Needs Fixing

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Health care for all has been a goal for the U.S. bishops for almost a century. Yet despite the apparent Supreme Court victory June 28 for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the nation still does not have health care for all.


Linda Kenney Baden | Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion
Linda Kenney Baden

I was raised Roman Catholic -- a product of Catholic school education through Grades 1-12, taught by the nuns, Sisters of Mercy. I regret that in the past I never understood their real value. I do now.

Tweets to #WhatSistersMeanToMe Rally Support For Embattled Nuns

Posted 04.19.2012 | Religion

With his opening tweets, the immensely popular Jesuit priest Rev. James Martin, SJ started his drive to remember how much Catholics (and non-Catholics...

Catholic College In Ohio Will Drop Contraception Coverage, Divides Campus

Reuters | Posted 06.04.2012 | Religion

By Stephanie Simon Tue Apr 3, 2012 6:50pm EDT (Reuters) - Xavier University, one of the oldest Roman Catholic colleges in the United States, will ...

Health And Human Services' Sacrosanct Mandate

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Reams of paper emanate from the HHS about how to "accommodate" religious groups that are upset by their recent mandate. Yet for all the fallen trees, HHS ignores a neuralgic point: the government has overstepped its boundaries when it defines what constitutes religious ministry.

The Great American Ovary Debate: 2012's Super Wedge Issue

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics
Sarah O'Leary

Conservative groups in particular found power and leverage with so-called wedge issues such as abortion and gay marriage in the past. With contraception, however, they've awoken the sleeping giant voting majority who don't want their ovaries to be debated.

Sexual Abuse Of Children: 10 Years Of Hard-Earned Knowledge

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 02.27.2012 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

The guiding principle when confronting child sexual abuse is to remember that it is most of all about the person who was abused. It is not about the offender, the institution or anyone's reputation.

For Want of a Nail: Success of Proposition 8 Reveals Gay Marriage Strategy Flawed

Mario Almonte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mario Almonte

Could same-sex marriage proponents be fighting on the wrong front?

The Church and the Fed: Too Big to Fail?

Fred Rotondaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Fred Rotondaro

Bishops and Fed officials may think they are beyond examination. But for the good of the organizations themselves, the rest of us need to bring them to earth and demand accountability.