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The Catholic Church Started the Culture Wars -- Now Can They End Them?

Patricia Miller | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion
Patricia Miller

While the culture wars are usually attributed to the Christian right, the U.S. Catholic bishops are in many ways responsible for starting the culture wars that have polarized society and paralyzed our political process. Today, the Catholic bishops have a chance to back down from the culture wars they started. The question is: will they?

U.S. Catholic Bishops Back President Obama On Immigration

Religion News Service | DAVID GIBSON | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion

BALTIMORE (RNS) The nation’s Catholic bishops are jumping into the increasingly contentious battle over immigration reform by backing President Obam...

Cardinal Kasper: Pope Francis Is Not A Liberal, He's A Radical

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 11.08.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Just days before the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opens its annual fall meeting, German Cardinal Walter Kasper, often called t...

Controversial Nun Blasts US Bishops For 'Unconscionable' Investigation

Religion News Service | Heidi Hall | Posted 08.17.2014 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) A nun who drew U.S. Catholic bishops’ ire with what they consider radical feminist writings fired back Friday (Aug. 15), say...

They Are Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

Although members of Congress and the president are professing to pursue a humanitarian response to the border crisis, the proposed solutions often undercut the very protections that children have in current law in order to have the Border Patrol expedite their deportation back to Central America.

How Hobby Lobby Killed Religious Liberty

Jon O'Brien | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Jon O'Brien

The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision is a disaster for women, and we can lay the blame squarely at the feet of the Obama administration.

Divestment at Catholic Universities a Climate Gamechanger?

Amanda Hanley | Posted 08.31.2014 | Green
Amanda Hanley

Last week, the University of Dayton (UD) announced they will divest fossil fuels from their $670 million endowment - the first Catholic university in ...

Hispanic Catholic Trends

Martin Marty | Posted 07.19.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Many Catholics are looking for and hoping for the "Pope Francis Effect" to have its effect on attendance at mass and other Catholic parish activities. To date this effect has failed to materialize.

Jaweed Kaleem

Catholic Priests Reject Changes To Mass | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 04.09.2014 | Religion

It's been more than two years since Catholics across the U.S. switched to a new Roman Missal, the prayers and instructions that make up the ritual "ca...

Catholic Bishops Call For Border Justice

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion

Border justice is more than simply a legal issue; for some it is a moral, ethical and even spiritual cause. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops...

Top American Bishop Will Follow Pope's Welcoming Example

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion

BALTIMORE (RNS) After serving as vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for the past three years, there was little surprise when Ar...

Vatican Warns American Catholics About Following 'A Particular Ideology'

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion

BALTIMORE -- BALTIMORE (AP) — The Vatican ambassador to the U.S., addressing American bishops at their first national meeting since Pope Francis was...

An Open Letter to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Cara McDonough | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Cara McDonough

I cling to my Catholic faith with a dogged perseverance that, frankly, I'm beginning to question. Do I remain Catholic because it's easier than the alternative? Because I'm just apathetic enough that permanently abandoning the religion seems too much work? I'd like to think not.

Faithful Filibuster: A Vigil Under the Dark Clouds of Washington

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Jim Wallis

We're hearing lots of babble at the Capitol, but across the street, we're trying to hear the word of God -- what God says about the people, families, and children who will suffer the most because of Washington's babble.

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.

Viral Video: Girls Ask Senators Not To Side With Dictators

Eric Sapp | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion
Eric Sapp

Why are seven U.S. Senators opening themselves up for such a big domestic backlash by siding with Iran, North Korea and Syria?

Bishops Tell Catholics to Celebrate Holy Week by Attending Anti-Gay March

John Becker | Posted 05.14.2013 | Gay Voices
John Becker

Every time I think the U.S. Catholic bishops can't possibly sink any lower into the cesspool of anti-gay bigotry, they find a new way to do exactly that.

Bishops Press For Broader Birth Control Exemption

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 04.09.2013 | Religion

American bishops said Thursday the Obama administration's latest compromise on birth control coverage and religious employers doesn't go far enough to...

11 Ways To Power Up For Lent

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Post on Facebook. Send a tweet. Less than a month before Ash Wednesday Pope Benedict XVI has called on Catholics to get into social media. He blesses the world of Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and Facebook.

Tweet The Pope

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

With the push of a button, I sent a tweet to the pope at #AskPontifex, the new Twitter account the Vatican set up for Pope Benedict XVI. It's nice to go straight to the top.

Is There A Political Plan B For The Bishops?

Thomas Reese, S.J. | Posted 01.12.2013 | Religion
Thomas Reese, S.J.

The U.S. Catholic bishops took a beating at the polls. Not only was President Obama reelected, despite their attacks on him, the bishops also lost on state referendums on same-sex marriage.

Laura Bassett

Catholic Bishops Warn Parishioners 'May Go To Hell' Unless They Back Romney | Laura Bassett | Posted 11.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Amid reports that some Roman Catholic clergy have been campaigning for Mitt Romney at the pulpit, the good-government non-profit Citizen...

Understanding The Catholic Conundrum

Bethany Blankley | Posted 12.22.2012 | Religion
Bethany Blankley

For Catholics and other Christians, the defiance of disobedience is striking. Often people do not ask God what his will is for their life -- instead, they tell God what it ought to be. However, no one can believe in God and defy him too. Belief in God means reliance, not defiance.

Nobody Gets To Say Who Is And Who Is Not Catholic

Jon O'Brien | Posted 12.05.2012 | Religion
Jon O'Brien

Nobody gets to say who is and who is not Catholic. Not the priests, not the bishops and not the pope. One is a Catholic after baptism. Period.

A Fortnight For The Rest Of Us

John W. McCarthy | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion
John W. McCarthy

I'm fine with the bishops having a Fortnight for Freedom -- and who isn't really? We all love freedom, and I'd venture to even say we love fortnights. However, we're missing the real issue at hand: poverty.