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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.

Catholic Nuns, The Vatican And Straight But Crooked Lines

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 12.05.2012 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

At present there is a standoff between the Vatican and the organization that represents 80 percent of American nuns. The hierarchy likely will break the stalemate right after the noisy election season. But what seems like a straight, rigid line looks more convoluted on further examination.

Fighting False Balance In The Media

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 12.05.2012 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Reports on Catholicism are especially vulnerable to false balance, and often it is achieved through manipulation of the name "Catholic" and religious symbols such as veils and Roman collars.

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.

Polling Shows That Bishops' Campaign Failed

Jon O'Brien | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Jon O'Brien

Catholics know what's at stake, and they're making up their own minds despite the influence the bishops claim, or the relative importance the hierarchy's influence and divisive campaigns garner in the media.

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.

No Burial For You! German Bishops Get Tough On Those Who Opt Out Of Church Tax

Reuters | Posted 11.21.2012 | Religion

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor PARIS, Sept 21 (Reuters)- Germany's Roman Catholic bishops have decreed that people who opt out of a...

Ryan vs. Ryan

Phil Haslanger | Posted 11.13.2012 | Religion
Phil Haslanger

It's too bad you and your namesake never had a chance to meet. The philosophy you have adopted would have sounded very familiar to him. It was one he rejected.

Bad Daddy Sperm and the GOP

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 09.12.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Women have long been subjected to excessive societal pressure to sublimate their own needs, bodies and behaviors and to sacrifice them to those of developing fetuses. But, slippery slopes are slippery.

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?