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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?

A Bishop's First Duty

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 10.30.2012 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Today's Catholic episcopate seems increasingly marred by a bitter-end spirit of strife and faction. Where's the humble recognition that the political squabbles of this world should not rend asunder the Church of Christ?

Ryan's Budget Approach Challenges Bishops, At Odds With Catholics

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 10.28.2012 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

Rather than cutting social welfare programs, Catholics overwhelmingly believe that the government should ask the rich to pay a greater share, a strategy that clearly conflicts with the Ryan plan.

Dances With Hacks: Bishops As Politicians

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 10.27.2012 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Long a bouquet of shy wallflowers compared with evangelicals, Catholic bishops are at last joining the dance at the Republican party. The Catholic hierarchs are abandoning the restraint that once made them credible as moral leaders above the partisan fray.

Are Catholics In The Pews Like Pew's 'Catholic Voters'?

Carol DeChant | Posted 10.14.2012 | Religion
Carol DeChant

Everyone agrees that the "Catholic vote" is important. Candidates court it and pundits analyze it. But no one seems to know what (or who) it actually is. Or even if it exists.

7 Ways #FreePussyRiot And #NunsOnTheBus Are Alike

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Soraya Chemaly

Whether it's women singing and dancing on altars in religio-political protest or women riding on buses because they can't stand behind them, what's the difference?

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.

First Amendment Basics And The Contraceptive Coverage Rule

Bridgette Dunlap | Posted 10.02.2012 | Religion
Bridgette Dunlap

It is one thing to say, "I think this is a terrible policy." It is something else entirely to suggest those whose policies you oppose are trampling the Constitution or persecuting the religious.

Amanda Terkel

42 Religious Groups Condemn Michele Bachmann's Anti-Muslim Allegations

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Forty-two religious and secular organizations united on Thursday in condemning conservative lawmakers' allegations that Muslim-American ...

Bishops Are Wrong About Religious Freedom Violations

Bridgette Dunlap | Posted 09.12.2012 | Religion
Bridgette Dunlap

The bishops may reject the choices made by voters and their elected representatives and lament that Catholics use birth control and form families in violation of their commands, but this does not mean their religious freedoms are being violated.

New Meaning To The Mass Text

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

The July 4 closing of the Fortnight for Freedom at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington drew a standing-room-only crowd, a fact that stunned organizers given the holiday.

Let's Celebrate Real Religious Freedom

Jon O'Brien | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
Jon O'Brien

Today's American Catholic bishops would have us think they are the latest victims of religious persecution. Their claims denigrate the suffering of those who know the true meaning of that term.