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HHS "ABC" Rule: Anybody But Catholics Has Religion Freedom

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 03.26.2012 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

This egregious violation of religious freedom marks the first time in our history that the federal government is forcing religious people and groups to ante up for services that violate their consciences.

The New Mass As New Coke

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 03.07.2012 | Religion
Jeff DeGraff

I was in a positively ebullient mood as I went off to Christmas Mass at St. Mary's with my family in tow. The senses were amped up for the big production. And that's when "it" happened.

Zach Carter

Santorum's Catholic Problem | Zach Carter | Posted 01.06.2012 | Politics

Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum is a darling of the Christian right, and made a tremendous showing among evangelicals in the Iowa cauc...

Could Newt Gingrich Win the "Catholic" Vote?

Stewart J. Lawrence | Posted 02.23.2012 | Politics
Stewart J. Lawrence

Is there a Catholic "swing" vote in US presidential politics, and if so, could the thrice-married Newt Gingrich somehow swing that vote back to the GOP?

Should Nuns Be On Birth Control?

Ben Hirschler/Reuters | Posted 12.08.2011 | Women

(Reuters) - Nuns should be offered the contraceptive pill, on health grounds, since it would cut their risk of getting cancer, two Australian doct...

Mr. President: Catholic Women Use Birth Control, Too

Jon O'Brien | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Jon O'Brien

Providing no-cost family planning is good public health policy and an important advancement under the Affordable Care Act. But the bishops want to grant a broad refusal clause that will enable them to discriminate against millions of Americans.

Catholics Want Meeting With Quinn To Talk Abortion, Gay Adoption

Posted 11.18.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has never apologized for his pro-choice stance. During the campaign for governor, Quinn supporters released a series of te...

Our Father? The Religious Battle Over School Prayer

Neil J. Young | Posted 01.11.2012 | Religion
Neil J. Young

The history of school prayer reveals that religious Americans have often been at the forefront of keeping prayer out of the nation's public schools.

6 Reasons Mississippians Said No to "Personhood" Amendment

Burns Strider | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Burns Strider

Why did those pushing "personhood" lose in arguably the most conservative state in the Union? Why did the opposing forces win a majority of the vote in Mississippi? Here are six reasons.

Quinn Defends Speech At Pro-Choice Event Following Catholic Criticism

Posted 01.03.2012 | Chicago

Catholic groups in Illinois have joined Cardinal Francis George in slamming Illinois Governor Pat Quinn for his decision to present a pro-choice leade...

Looks Like Leno, Letterman Are Setting Tone at HHS, Justice Department

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 11.26.2011 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Freedom for religion means that government cannot interfere with the internal governance of religious institutions.

Billionaire Bishop Charged With Bilking Brazil's Pentacostals, Sending Money to US

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 11.21.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

After a long investigation by the federal police Brazil's attorney general is finally litigating the big fraud and racketeering case against the self-anointed Pentecostal Bishop Edir Macedo.

Jesus Won't Pass Muster At Health And Human Services

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 11.17.2011 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

HHS has a very limited definition of which church organizations can be exempted from having to pay for contraceptives, sterilization and other services that violate church teaching.

Archbishop Chaput Taking Helm In Philly

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 11.08.2011 | Denver

PHILADELPHIA — Archbishop Charles Chaput (chap-YEW') took the helm of the troubled Roman Catholic church in Philadelphia on Thursday by telling ...

Catholic Charities To Appeal Judge's Gay Adoption Decision

Posted 10.29.2011 | Chicago

An attorney representing Catholic Charities in four Illinois church dioceses said Monday that he will appeal a judge's ruling against his client in a ...

Is Illinois 'At War' With Catholics? Some Church Leaders Think So

Posted 10.24.2011 | Chicago

After an Illinois judge ruled last week that the state Department of Children and Family Services can legally sever their long-standing foster care an...

Rick Perry's Revival as a Soccer Match?

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 10.04.2011 | Religion
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Was looking at "Rick Perry Day Of Prayer Shadows 2012 Ambitions" and saw that of the 71,000 plus seats only 8,000 were going to be occupied. I though...

Michael McAuliff

WATCH: Religious Leaders Arrested At Capitol For Budget Protest | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.27.2011 | Religion

Update: Upon further investigation The Huffington Post has confirmed that Rabbi Arthur Waskow was arrested along with the rest of the group. WASH...

Minority Report

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.27.2011 | Religion
Lev Raphael

Lenny Bruce once riffed that "If you live in New York or any other big city, you are Jewish. It doesn't even matter if you're Catholic; if you live in New York, you're Jewish."

Jen Sabella

Catholic Charities In Rockford Ending Foster Care, Adoptions Over Gay Rights | Jen Sabella | Posted 07.26.2011 | Chicago

Rather than allow unmarried people or same-sex couples to adopt or foster children, Catholic Charities of Rockford, Illinois announced Thursday that t...

The New Majority In The Same-Sex Marriage Debate

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 07.20.2011 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

We now have no less than four reputable national public opinion surveys in three months showing a slim majority of Americans now support allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.

Inmates And Landscapes

Doug Demeo | Posted 07.11.2011 | Religion
Doug Demeo

Prison has its own distinct landscape. While not all prisoners have been liberated from obsessive thinking or chronic negativity, neither have many of us who are not "locked up."

'Piss Christ' Destroyed In France

AP | By CECILE BRISSON | Posted 06.18.2011 | Arts

PARIS -- Police questioned witnesses on Monday in their search for a man who took a hammer to a controversial photograph of a crucifix bathed in urine...

Jen Sabella

Anti-Gay Adoption Bill Voted Down In Senate Committee | Jen Sabella | Posted 06.13.2011 | Chicago

A bill that would have allowed religious organizations to deny gay couples adoption and foster care services was voted down in Senate committee Wednes...

Translation Error Indicating Catholic Church Okays Contraception Fixed In Catholic Book

AP | By NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 06.13.2011 | Books

VATICAN CITY -- The Italian publisher of a new book on Catholic Church teaching fixed a translation error that implied the Vatican approved of contrac...