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Catholic Bishops

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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

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.