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Catholic Bishops

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.

New Bill Would Allow Religious Hospitals to Deny Life-Saving Emergency Care

Nancy Northup | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Northup

Would you ask someone else to die for your religious beliefs? A new proposal moving through Congress makes clear that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops apparently expects everyone to die for theirs.

Ohio's Catholic Bishops Urge End To Death Penalty

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Reginald Fields Religion News Service COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Catholic bishops of Ohio are calling on Gov. John Kasich and state lawmakers to abolis...

A Pro-Life Prayer On The Anniversary Of Roe v. Wade

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

The Vatican's position on birth control causes abortions.

Five Myths About The Catholic Vote In Election 2010

Jon O'Brien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jon O'Brien

As the election nears, many news outlets are repeating misinformation about what Catholics believe and what they can and should do when it comes to voting. The reality is that Catholic teachings and the views of Catholics are not closely aligned with the political priorities of the bishops.

Catholic Bishops Rebuke Theologians' Book Over Views On Homosexuality

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops have issued a rare public rebuke of two Roman Catholic theologians, saying thei...

The Catholic Church: A Failed Institution?

John Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Zogby

Job approval of Pope Benedict XVI and American Bishops has reached historic lows. Only 56% of American Catholics approve of the overall job that Pope Benedict XVI doing.