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Catholic Bishops

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?

Catholic Bishops Tell Congress That Passing Health Care Is A 'Moral Imperative'

Politics Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a strongly worded appeal that will test their political influence, especially with their pro-life and Republican allies, the Catholic bishops of th...

The Health Care-Abortion Issue: An Open Letter To The Catholic Bishops

Valerie Tarico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Valerie Tarico

Dear Bishops: In our struggle to get health care for all, you saw an opportunity to make sure that American women can't afford abortions, a way to be the deciders for all of us.

The Bishops' "Dixi"-Land Ban: Abortion and the Catholic Church

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reproductive Justice

Catholic leaders know they have not persuaded one another, the public, or their own laity, to agree that contraception is evil. The belief that contraception is intrinsically evil, though sincere, does not make it true.

NARAL and Planned Parenthood: Ineffectiveness Anti-Choice Democrats Can Rely On

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

Democrats in Congress have just proudly signed a deal that allows a bunch of old men who have spent the better part of the last century avoiding their own sexual issues to dictate access to abortion services.

Ode to Health Care Reform: An Absurd Poem about Absurdities.

Valerie Tarico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Valerie Tarico

The Party of No // had nowhere to go // but backwards // to get to the future. // "Uh, that doesn't work," // said a brazen Young Turk. // "Someone please shut them up // with a cloture!"

Do Catholic Bishops Run the United States Government?

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reproductive Justice

Have you had enough of Democrats that you elect selling you down the river? Are you angry enough?

Manhattan Declaration -- Who Are They Kidding?

Fred Karger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Karger

Let's hope the Mormon leadership is truly softening its position on the issue of gay rights. It has been a huge PR nightmare for the Church and one that divides so many Mormon families.

Kenya Anglicans Reject Pope's Offer To Join Catholic Church

BBC NEWS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The head of Kenya's Anglican Church, Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, has rejected the Pope's offer to allow disaffected Anglicans to join the Catholic Chur...

Strong Clerical Support for a Woman's Right to Choose Does Exist

Rev. Tom Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Tom Davis

Anti-abortion groups are working to torpedo all health reform if they cannot impose their religious strictures on those who follow other religious teachings. Do the moral views of other religions not matter?

Stupak Amendment Breaks Heart

Donna Schaper | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Donna Schaper

The Stupak amendment joins Joe Lieberman in breaking my heart. It is not a political matter for me. It is an insult, an affront, a stupidity, and a knife in my back.

Catholic Bishops Flex Moral Muscle for Immigration Reform

John Gehring | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Gehring

Catholic bishops have signaled they will play a leading role in pushing for comprehensive immigration reform this year by using the power of their pulpits and bipartisan political influence on Capitol Hill.

Obama's Health Care Pitch Should Be Less, Er, "Christian"

Steven Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Waldman

Forgive my theological oversimplification but the health care message needs a bit less Jesus and a bit more Moses

Chamber of Commerce, Unionbuster vs. Pope, Catholic Bishops on Union Rights

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Art Levine

The union movement enlisted a powerful ally in its drive for workers' rights: the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, following the guidance of, yes, the Pope.

Obama, the Bishops and the "Right to Life"

Lynn M. Paltrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lynn M. Paltrow

Notre Dame should be praised for inviting a speaker, President Obama, who is committed to promoting a true culture of life -- one that includes and values the women who give that life.

Bishops Upset at Obama/Notre Dame: Try Listening to Jesus

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

As an American Catholic, I find these actions by the Hierarchy and "conservative" elements within the laity to be more than a little disturbing.

Notre Dame's Obama Invite Riles Catholic Bishops

AP | ERIC GORSKI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This coming week, Bishop Thomas Wenski of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orlando, Fla., will take the unusual step of celebrating a Mass of Reparation,...