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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.

Newt and the Loony Religious Fringe That Now Runs the Republican Party

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 02.27.2012 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

Every single one of the sops Newt Gingrich is throwing the far right has been scripted for him by generations of so-called Reconstructionist "thinkers" and Roman Catholic ideologues pushing America steadily in the direction of Americanized theocracy.

Memo to David Axelrod From Women in Swing States

Toni Panetta | Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics
Toni Panetta

Between anticipated wins in solid Democratic states and the toss-ups, the electoral math adds up to more than 300 votes for a pro-choice, anti-personhood Obama over a generic Republican who supports banning all abortion and the most common forms of birth control.

Laura Bassett

Badgered By Bishops, Will Obama Back Down On Birth Control?

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 11.18.2011 | Politics

Top White House officials held a private call with lawmakers of the Pro Choice Caucus on Friday for advice on how to deal with the religious exemption...

U.S. Catholic Church Formalizes Anglican Conversions

AP | Posted 11.15.2011 | Religion

WASHINGTON -- Anglicans in the United States who want to become Roman Catholic will have a formal structure to oversee the conversion starting New Yea...

25 Years After Historic Statement On Poor, Bishops Quiet On Economic Turmoil

Posted 11.15.2011 | Religion

By David Gibson Religion News Service BALTIMORE (RNS) Twenty-five years ago, as the U.S. faced an economic crisis and a fierce debate over cutting...

If Only The Hierarchs Would Listen And Learn

John Falcone | Posted 01.14.2012 | Religion
John Falcone

In a church that defines "the few and the proud" as its straight male celibate clergy, power gets tangled with maleness. But the clergy's desire for power animates an unseemly dance of dominance, submission and career advancement.

Catholic Bishops Prepare For Political Battle

AP | By RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 11.13.2011 | Religion

-- The mood among many U.S. Roman Catholic bishops was captured in a recent speech by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia. His talk, called "Ca...

Bishops, The White House And Sweeping Charges Of Anti-Catholicism

John Gehring | Posted 01.05.2012 | Religion
John Gehring

Surely, one can't deny the fundamental disagreements between this administration and Catholic bishops, but the Obama administration is not going out of its way to poke Catholics in the eye.

Catholic Bishops' Dispute With HHS Continues

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 01.05.2012 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

The most memorable line since Richard Nixon's "I am not a crook" has just come out of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): "I'm not trying to get anyone off the hook here."

Mollie Reilly

Wisconsin Bishops: Don't Bring Your Guns To Church

HuffingtonPost.com | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Wisconsin's concealed carry law goes into effect, the state's Catholic bishops are urging parishioners to keep their weapons out of c...

Laura Bassett

Catholic Bishops Behind The War On Women

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics

A group of men with no real background in law or medicine, but blessed with a strong personal interest in women’s bodies, have quietly influenced al...

The ABC Factor At Health and Human Services: Anybody But Catholics

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 12.17.2011 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Trafficking of human beings is one of the great modern-day scandals, but at least until now the U.S. government sought to sincerely address the issue.

Alabama Immigration Law Would Criminalize 'Good Samaritans'

NYTimes.com | Posted 10.14.2011 | Latino Voices

CULLMAN, Ala. — On a sofa in the hallway of his office here, Mitchell Williams, the pastor of First United Methodist Church, announced that he was g...

A Digital Strategy For Philadelphia's Catholic Church

Thomas A. Shakely | Posted 10.01.2011 | Religion
Thomas A. Shakely

An initiative that employed cutting-edge solutions in exploring timeless spiritual issues would energize a new generation of parishioners.

Catholic Political Operatives Follow the Bishops

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

As I wrote last week, Compassion & Choices welcomes the affirmation by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) that religious objec...

Catholic Bishops Should Include Fish In 'Meatless Fridays'

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 06.21.2011 | Religion
Bruce Friedrich

Not eating animals is a smart, compassionate decision, regardless of whether those animals are furred, feathered or finned. What better time to let fish off the hook?

Paul Ryan And Ayn Rand: An Unholy Alliance

Rev. Jennifer Butler | Posted 07.20.2011 | Religion
Rev. Jennifer Butler

Rep. Ryan said that the Republican budget is consistent with Catholic social teaching, but his plan reflects the philosophy of Ayn Rand more.

Pope Prays For Chinese Bishops

AP | Posted 07.18.2011 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday urged bishops in China to remain loyal to Rome, speaking out in the latest round in the Vatican's ...

Vatican Gives Bishops Guidance For Handling Sex Abuse Cases

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 07.16.2011 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has told bishops around the world that it is important to cooperate with police in reporting priests who rape and mol...

The Spiritually Viral Hunger Fast

Jim Wallis | Posted 06.08.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

The hunger fast for a moral budget has gone spiritually viral. Ten days ago, we announced that the budget debate had become a moral crisis. We now have more than 30,000 participants and are still growing.

My Catholic Conscience: Doing The Right Thing For Women

Jon O'Brien | Posted 06.08.2011 | Religion
Jon O'Brien

As Catholics and as citizens, we must oppose the move to de-fund Planned Parenthood and stand up for our rights and freedom to follow our own consciences on these personal issues.

Bishops Push Back On Allowing Gay Couples In Housing

Posted 05.28.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service WASHINGTON -- U.S. Catholic bishops are urging federal housing officials not to adopt proposed rules that would...

Catholic Bishops Back Wisconsin Union Protesters

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Catholic bishops on Thursday (Feb. 24) threw their moral weight behind the pro-union pro...

Legislating Abortion Stigma

Anu Kumar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anu Kumar

Last week, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce heard three "experts" on abortion policy testify on the "Protect Life Act," one of several bills aimed at reducing access to legal abortion services.