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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.

Imposing 'Sharia': Roman Catholic Version

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 04.28.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

It is Roman Catholic "sharia" about contraception that the USCCB has been trying to impose on Americans of all faiths and beliefs who happen to work at a Catholic-sponsored hospital or university.

Bishops Step Over the Line

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

As with contraception, a free society must find the middle ground. Catholic Bishops must be free to exercise their religion, yet we cannot allow them to deny that same freedom to the rest of us.

Jews Should Stand With Catholics In Contraception Battle

Dovid Efune | Posted 04.22.2012 | Religion
Dovid Efune

As "strangers in the land of Egypt" Jews know well the pitfalls posed in opening the door of this legislation. It is thus our duty to fight for the preservation of its purist principles as we have done for so many of history's most just causes.

A Father's Perspective on the Contraception War

Michael Kieschnick | Posted 04.22.2012 | Politics
Michael Kieschnick

In recent weeks, the nation has talked more about contraception than at any other time during my 58 years of life. Many Republican office holders and outspoken Catholic bishops call the discussion one of religious liberty. For me, it is a matter of whom I trust.

Can the Not Crazy Christians Please Speak Up?!

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Please, my moderate, loving Christian brothers and sisters, will you take the stand to assert that true Christianity embraces ALL members and supports equality for everyone, including non-Christians, homosexuals in their quest for marriage, and women for reproductive freedom?

Laura Bassett

Catholic Leadership Splinters Over Obama Birth Control Compromise

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

When President Barack Obama first announced the federal rule requiring most faith-based employers to pay for contraception health coverage, most Roman...

War On Religion Or War On Democracy

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 04.16.2012 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

It is not a "war on religion" when 1st Amendment protections are employed to protect both freedom of religion and freedom from religion.

David Brooks's Anti-Poverty Program: "Bourgeois Paternalism"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 04.16.2012 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

Brooks writing about poverty is like a celibate writing about sex: it's something he knows nothing about.

Crazy Train Headed Off the Rails Over Birth Control

Terry O'Neill | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Even if you can afford to pay for your own pills, is it fair that you are being asked to, when other preventive services and medications are covered under health care reform? The conservative talking point of the moment is that this fight is about religious liberty.

God Didn't Keep the Apple from Adam: Catholic Bishops Need to Stop Playing Politics With Choice

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Sarah O'Leary

Catholic institutions have been mandated by states to provide the access to contraception for years, without any backlash. So why are things different now?

Obama's Win on Health Insurance and Contraception

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Every minute that the Republicans spend discussing not how to get the American economy back on strong footing but whether or not adults should have the right to affordable contraception is a good minute for the president.

Have Republicans Gone Bananas?

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

What's next? Perhaps a mandatory Trophy Wife bill: People who cannot procreate would be prohibited from intimate relations, including women who have passed the age of fertility and men with low sperm counts.

Zach Carter

Pacifist Activists Deride Bishops Over Birth Control Coverage

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- High-profile Republicans and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have decried the Obama administration's new contraception ...

Obama: The Light Against the Republican Darkness

Vicky Shorr | Posted 04.14.2012 | Politics
Vicky Shorr

Tell me I'm crazy -- I want to be a paranoid-delusionist here. But more than that, more than anything, I want Obama to have a second term, which is why I am not shouting about this terrible bill, at least not yet.

Eternal Vigilance Is the Price of -- Birth Control?

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics
Kelly Kleiman

Republican rhetoric suggests that this is the equivalent of requiring churches to distribute RU-486 instead of communion wafers; but that's complete nonsense. Actual religious organizations are exempt.

Contraceptives And The Freedom Of Conscience: Framing The Catholic Debate In Other Terms

Christopher Cocca | Posted 04.11.2012 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

It seems natural that a Catholic might appeal to freedom of religion when protesting a federal mandate about contraceptives or abortions.

Have Catholic Bishops Turned Their Backs On The Working Class And The Poor?

Fred Rotondaro | Posted 04.10.2012 | Religion
Fred Rotondaro

Bishops have urged Catholics to be single issue voters -- that issue being of course the sexual politics of an anti-abortion and anti-gay rights agenda. The century-old Catholic social justice tradition in America has been pushed to the side.

Laura Bassett

Dem Lawmaker Blames Catholic Bishops For 'Confusion'

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 02.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Diana DeGette, co-chair of the Congressional Pro Choice Caucus, said that at least three of her progressive colleagues, whom she de...

Bishops Told The Obvious: Pedophiles Lie, Victims Must Be Heard

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 04.08.2012 | Religion

ROME — Priests who rape and molest children lie when confronted with an accusation but victims usually tell the truth, psychologists told Cathol...

The Bishop, His Hidden Relationship And His Teenage Children

Father Alberto Cutié | Posted 03.06.2012 | Religion
Father Alberto Cutié

When a priest fails to keep celibacy, that man-made rule that even the Roman Catholic Church admits is changeable, adaptable and dispensable, we should not be so easily scandalized.