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Catholic Bishops

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.

Belgium's Raid on Catholic Church Was Model For World To Follow

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Wayne Besen

Law enforcement across the globe must stop coddling alleged criminals and enabling a Vatican cover-up. The Pope's kangaroo investigative committees ought to be dismantled immediately and the police should handle the possible crimes.

The Bishops' Fig Leaf

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

When it comes to matters that have nothing to do with religious belief but rather relate to public policy, then I have a problem with Catholic bishops dictating to members of our church what we should believe.

Bishop Valerio Breda: 'Shame And Dishonor' On Church In Brazil Sex Scandal

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO — A Roman Catholic bishop in Brazil says he strongly supports the police investigation of three priests in his region accused of ...

Prosecutors Investigating Top Archbishop In Germany

AP | JUERGEN BAETZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BERLIN — German prosecutors are investigating allegations that the country's top Roman Catholic cleric was responsible in the 1980s for hiring a...

A Flawed Step Forward on Health Care Reform

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

We all know how much the media love conflict, and they have fallen in love with the health care debate. To say the process hasn't been pretty would be one of the biggest Washington understatements in years.

Catholic Bishops Ignore Their Own Sins While Telling Us What To Do

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

It turns out that the Pope is just one more bishop to try to hide then protect child abusers. We have nothing to learn from these people who constantly seek to "teach" us their "absolute truths."

Catholic Abuse Allegations: Ex-Vienna Choir Boys Say They Were Abused

AP | GEORGE JAHN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VIENNA — Two former members of the famed Vienna Boys' Choir say they were sexually abused by their supervisors, a top Austrian newspaper reporte...

Pope vs. Doctors: How New Vatican Orthodoxy Undermines Medical Ethics and Imperils Your Health

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

By challenging this longstanding system of benign neglect, bishops and zealots may believe they will achieve ideological purity. What they are actually doing is jeopardizing Catholic hospitals and public health.

How the Opinion of One Pope Became the Rule for All Americans

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops recently mandated tube-feeding for all permanently unconscious patients in Catholic healthcare institutions. How did it come to take this position?