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Catholic Bishops

Whose Religious Freedom Is Under Attack?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 08.11.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

As a rabbi, I am deeply conscious of the transcendent value of religious freedom. I believe that the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is indeed one of God's best creations. So I listen with great care to claims it is being violated.

The Truth About Religious Freedom

Jon O'Brien | Posted 08.07.2012 | Religion
Jon O'Brien

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) rarely lets the facts get in the way of their story. In making their case, they have relied on spurious claims about religious liberty, conscience and science.

Hey Vatican: Lay Off My Sisters!

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

Rather than publicly chastising nuns, the Catholic Church should be thanking God for every single compassionate, thought-filled and selfless one of them.

That Sound You Don't Hear: Catholic Leadership's Response To Project Prevention

Jeanne Flavin | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Jeanne Flavin

I find it increasingly difficult to listen to what some Catholic leaders have to say on the subject of morality when their silence on Project Prevention and many other matters of significant moral import has been nothing short of deafening.

The Irony Of The Bishops' Opposition To Providing Contraceptive Services

Frank G. Kirkpatrick | Posted 08.01.2012 | Religion
Frank G. Kirkpatrick

Is it possible that the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops will one day be credited with having significantly advanced, albeit unintentionally, the argument for a single-payer health care system in the United States?

Med School Establishes Endowed Chair In Sexuality and Religion

AP | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 06.01.2012 | College

ATLANTA -- The Morehouse School of Medicine is creating what is being called the first endowed chair on sexuality and religion at a U.S. medical schoo...

Catholic Bishops Differ On Religious Liberty Tactics

National Catholic Reporter | Michael Sean Winters | Posted 05.23.2012 | Religion

By Michael Sean Winters National Catholic Reporter Yesterday, the dam broke. In comments made to Kevin Clarke at America magazine, Bishop Stephen ...

Catholic Bishops Goes On Offensive Against Girl Scouts

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 07.10.2012 | Religion

NEW YORK -- Long a lightning rod for conservative criticism, the Girl Scouts of the USA are now facing their highest-level challenge yet: An official ...

Walking The (Catholic) Plank

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

Why doesn't my Catholic Church get its own house in order first? Get the plank/log/boulder/semi truck/elephant out of its own eye before it tries to remove a speck from another's eye?

Bishops vs. Nuns -- No Contest

James Zogby | Posted 06.20.2012 | Religion
James Zogby

With each new outrageous act of control, the bishops are looking more like desperate old men, attempting to hold on to the last vestiges of their fading authority by defending their power over the institution while ignoring the gospel.

SNAP: Cutting What Works?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The impact of more cuts on children and families who now receive a nutritionally adequate diet from SNAP would be devastating. Where is the justice in a vote to protect wealthy farmers over hungry children?

New Sign That China-Vatican Relations Are Improving

AP | Posted 04.20.2012 | Religion

BEIJING -- A Chinese bishop was ordained Thursday in a southwestern diocese with approval from both Beijing and Rome, a sign that the Sino-Vatican rel...

Seattle's Catholic Cathedral Opts Out Of Anti-Gay Marriage Petition Drive

Posted 04.18.2012 | Religion

From The National Catholic Reporter By Dan Morris-Young If the referendum campaign to block Washington state's recently passed law authorizing sam...

Michael McAuliff

Boehner Chastises Bishops: 'Take A Bigger Look' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) chastised Catholic bishops at a Wednesday news conference on Capitol Hill, saying they needed to loo...

End the 'Witch Hunt' Approach at Catholic Community-Organizing Fund

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 06.17.2012 | Impact
Pablo Eisenberg

It is one thing to demand fealty to Catholic church principles from grant recipients; it is quite another to insist that these groups cannot in any way be associated with other organizations that do not adhere to the church's teachings.

Pittsburgh Priests To Bishop: Listen To Laity On Contraception

Posted 04.11.2012 | Religion

By Joshua J. McElwee National Catholic Reporter Several priests of the Pittsburgh diocese have met with Bishop David Zubik -- the prelate who said...

Catholic Bishops Support Republicans

Fred Rotondaro | Posted 06.10.2012 | Religion
Fred Rotondaro

The bishops would of course never tell their parishioners to vote Republican, but they left little to the imagination. Priests would preach at mass about the necessity of voting only for pro-life candidates.

Obama Administration Lays Out Options On Birth Control

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration signaled Friday it's willing to help insurance companies offset the cost of providing free birth control t...

Politics Proves: Sex Terrifies the Religious

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Interesting, isn't it, that this Church so intent on managing the sex lives of its adherents is run by men and women who are not allowed to have any?

Laura Bassett

Catholic Bishops Find Birth Control 'Inexpensive' | Laura Bassett | Posted 03.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As part of their intensely focused effort to repeal the Obama administration's new contraception coverage policy, the U.S. Conference of...

Bishop Hopes To Restart White House Contraception Talks

Posted 03.13.2012 | Religion

By David Gibson Religion News Service Bridgeport, Conn. (RNS) The Catholic bishop leading the push against the White House's contraception mandate...

Misogyny Wars

Michelle Kraus | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

Is our American culture so immersed in the sickness of misogyny that it can't see the forest from the trees with the GOP? Men, or anyone else without ...

Pope Denounces U.S. Efforts To Legalize Gay Marriage

Reuters | Posted 05.09.2012 | Religion

* Pope addresses U.S. bishops on family issues * Speaks after another US state legalised gay marriage * Says definition ...

Religious Liberties and Moral Ambiguities - The Cases of Contraception and War Resistance

William Grassie | Posted 05.03.2012 | Religion
William Grassie

We live in a society and in a world that often does not allow simple moral decisions between right and wrong. Morality is always a muddle of conflicting goods.

Republicans Push 'Religious Liberty' Attack on Obama

Peter Montgomery | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

House Republicans kept up their attacks on President Obama's supposed "hostility" to religious liberty with a Judiciary Committee hearing that lasted well into the evening on Tuesday.