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Washington State Case Study: A Difficult Miscarriage Made Worse by Hospital's Religious Restrictions on Care

Lori Freedman | Posted 03.28.2014 | Religion
Lori Freedman

The effects of the doctrine on care are complex and merit a better response than telling women they can get their reproductive health needs met elsewhere. Ultimately, institutions providing ob-gyn care must be held to the same standards regardless of their religious affiliation -- and if not -- who will make sure patients understand how their care may be compromised?

For Pope Francis: A To-Do List on Women

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Angela Bonavoglia

I've been deeply moved by your passionate defense of the poor, your willingness to call unbridled capitalism what it is. But I have been far less moved by what you have been saying about women.

What Happens When We Don't Need Women's Bodies for Gestation?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Feminists in many disciplines have extensively considered what ectogenesis could mean for women's rights, the structure of the family, class, race and society. What does it mean to sever human "birth" from the human body

Church Must Let Schools Remain Separate Entities, Says Catholic Leader

Cara McDonough | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
Cara McDonough

The new pope's resonance with so many church members shows that among more progressive Catholics, there is a true desire for change. Like many Catholics, I believe this change cannot possibly arrive without the support of Catholic leaders.

Catholic Bishops Soften Earlier Threats Against Obamacare

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 11.23.2013 | Religion

(RNS) After a closed-door session at their annual meeting in Baltimore this month, the U.S. Catholic bishops issued an unusual “special message” r...

Catholic Bishops Meet Amidst Changing Vatican Focus

Reuters | Mary Wisniewski | Posted 11.11.2013 | Religion

(Reuters) - U.S. Catholic bishops will choose new leaders at an assembly in Baltimore this week and possibly signal a new direction for the American c...

Occupy Wall Street Should Seek a Meeting With Pope Francis

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

During the financial crisis Pope Benedict directly called for increasing government regulation of finance, and directly called for a financial transaction tax levied on large banks. Sound familiar?

Catholic Bishop to Pro-Life Groups: 'Merely Anti-Abortion' Not Enough

John Gehring | Posted 10.13.2013 | Religion
John Gehring

It's not every day that you hear a Catholic bishop directly challenge self-identified "pro-life" groups for their selective moralizing and crass tactics.

At the Vatican Noir: UN Seeking Disclosure of Thousands of Pedophile Cases Related to Clergy

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 09.09.2013 | World
Alison Winfield Burns

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) will investigate widespread sexual assault against children by Catholic clergy. "We ...

Bishops Should Act With Humanity And Charity

Rev. Marie Siroky | Posted 07.14.2013 | Religion
Rev. Marie Siroky

Recent pastoral letters and press conferences from Roman Catholic Bishops are demonstrating an increasing intolerance for other faiths and beliefs. These statements suggest that individual Catholics are not capable of knowing the strength of their own personal faith.

Cardinal Dolan, It's Not About Being Fat Or Bald

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 06.30.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Having determined that "in the public square ... the days of fat, balding Irish bishops are over," Cardinal Timothy Dolan has chosen, as his stand-in, a woman who seems the very model of a modern media messenger from the political right. If Dolan had more confidence in his message, he wouldn't need her.

Cardinal Dolan Demeans Gay Relationships As He Says Church Should Be More Welcoming to Gays

John Becker | Posted 06.02.2013 | Gay Voices
John Becker

With respect, sir, you say that you "love" gays and lesbians, but if trivializing our relationships as mere friendships and opposing our basic rights is how you define the word "love," you can keep it.

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.

Stifling Or Releasing The Spirit?

Dr. Megan McKenna | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Dr. Megan McKenna

The structures of the Church at the Vatican levels are a tight knit and closed system, especially so when it comes to the transfer of power from one pope to the next. However, the process is not based on anything in the founding years of the Church.

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...

Gun Culture Versus Human Life and Dignity

Thomas Worcester | Posted 03.30.2013 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

U.S. Catholic bishops have been criticized for many things in recent years, among them an over emphasis on abortion issues to the exclusion of other issues. Is this a fair criticism? What other 'life' issues do the bishops address?

Four Priests, Four Friends: Bishops Witness Historic Changes In Catholic Life

Salt Lake Tribune/Religion News Service | Peggy Fletcher Stack | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion

By Peggy Fletcher Stack Salt Lake Tribune/Religion News Service (RNS) Whether by accident, serendipity or divine design, four future heavyweights ...

New York Vicar Tapped To Be Catholic Bishop Of Camden

AP | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- The pope has named a new bishop for Camden, New Jersey, after agreeing to let Bishop Joseph Galante retire a few months early because ...

Radical, Pacifist And Catholic: Dorothy Day On The Call To Be Saints

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

Leader of the Catholic Worker movement, Dorothy Day was a realist and she knew that people reflexively regard saints as plaster-cast paragons of perfection. But Dorothy Day also loved the saints, venerated the saints, and wrote more than once that "we are all called to be saints."

'Contraception Is Corruption': Bishops Rail Against Popular Reproductive Health Bill In The Philippines

Katey Zeh | Posted 01.29.2013 | Religion
Katey Zeh

What makes this particular battle interesting is the messaging employed by one Catholic Bishop in his attempt to sway public opinion -- and how completely disconnected it is from the realities the people of the Philippines face each day.

Catholic Bishops Fail To Agree On Statement On The Economy

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 11.14.2012 | Religion

BALTIMORE (RNS) A divided Catholic hierarchy on Tuesday (Nov. 13) failed to agree on a statement about the economy after a debate that revealed sharp ...

Religious Groups Under Fire For Election Lobbying

Reuters | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics

* Tax status saved churches $145 billion over 10 years * Complaints filed to U.S. Internal Revenue Service * IRS receive...

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.

Poland's Bishops Say Halloween Is Harmful, Pagan

AP | Posted 10.30.2012 | Religion

WARSAW, Poland -- Some Catholic bishops in Poland say that Halloween is harmful because it promotes "diabolical" behavior and are asking believers not...

A Closer Look At The Contraceptive Coverage Lawsuits

Bridgette Dunlap | Posted 12.14.2012 | Religion
Bridgette Dunlap

Thirty lawsuits have been filed by corporations challenging the Health and Human Services regulation requiring that most health plans cover contraceptives. The strangest thing is that the plaintiffs have not yet been required to provide contraceptive coverage -- and may never be.