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Catholic Bishops

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.

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.