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Jaweed Kaleem

Catholic Priests Reject Changes To Mass

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 04.09.2014 | Religion

It's been more than two years since Catholics across the U.S. switched to a new Roman Missal, the prayers and instructions that make up the ritual "ca...

Catholic Bishops Call For Border Justice

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion

Border justice is more than simply a legal issue; for some it is a moral, ethical and even spiritual cause. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops...

Top American Bishop Will Follow Pope's Welcoming Example

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion

BALTIMORE (RNS) After serving as vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for the past three years, there was little surprise when Ar...

Vatican Warns American Catholics About Following 'A Particular Ideology'

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion

BALTIMORE -- BALTIMORE (AP) — The Vatican ambassador to the U.S., addressing American bishops at their first national meeting since Pope Francis was...

An Open Letter to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Cara McDonough | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Cara McDonough

I cling to my Catholic faith with a dogged perseverance that, frankly, I'm beginning to question. Do I remain Catholic because it's easier than the alternative? Because I'm just apathetic enough that permanently abandoning the religion seems too much work? I'd like to think not.

Faithful Filibuster: A Vigil Under the Dark Clouds of Washington

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Jim Wallis

We're hearing lots of babble at the Capitol, but across the street, we're trying to hear the word of God -- what God says about the people, families, and children who will suffer the most because of Washington's babble.

Smell Like the Sheep -- Make God Your Escape Key

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

One goal of the U.S. bishops this year is to improve homilies at Mass. Homilies and music are integral to helping people experience God's presence.

Viral Video: Girls Ask Senators Not To Side With Dictators

Eric Sapp | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion
Eric Sapp

Why are seven U.S. Senators opening themselves up for such a big domestic backlash by siding with Iran, North Korea and Syria?

Bishops Tell Catholics to Celebrate Holy Week by Attending Anti-Gay March

John Becker | Posted 05.14.2013 | Gay Voices
John Becker

Every time I think the U.S. Catholic bishops can't possibly sink any lower into the cesspool of anti-gay bigotry, they find a new way to do exactly that.

Bishops Press For Broader Birth Control Exemption

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 04.09.2013 | Religion

American bishops said Thursday the Obama administration's latest compromise on birth control coverage and religious employers doesn't go far enough to...

11 Ways To Power Up For Lent

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Post on Facebook. Send a tweet. Less than a month before Ash Wednesday Pope Benedict XVI has called on Catholics to get into social media. He blesses the world of Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and Facebook.

Tweet The Pope

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

With the push of a button, I sent a tweet to the pope at #AskPontifex, the new Twitter account the Vatican set up for Pope Benedict XVI. It's nice to go straight to the top.

Is There A Political Plan B For The Bishops?

Thomas Reese, S.J. | Posted 01.12.2013 | Religion
Thomas Reese, S.J.

The U.S. Catholic bishops took a beating at the polls. Not only was President Obama reelected, despite their attacks on him, the bishops also lost on state referendums on same-sex marriage.

Laura Bassett

Catholic Bishops Warn Parishioners 'May Go To Hell' Unless They Back Romney

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 11.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Amid reports that some Roman Catholic clergy have been campaigning for Mitt Romney at the pulpit, the good-government non-profit Citizen...

Understanding The Catholic Conundrum

Bethany Blankley | Posted 12.22.2012 | Religion
Bethany Blankley

For Catholics and other Christians, the defiance of disobedience is striking. Often people do not ask God what his will is for their life -- instead, they tell God what it ought to be. However, no one can believe in God and defy him too. Belief in God means reliance, not defiance.

Nobody Gets To Say Who Is And Who Is Not Catholic

Jon O'Brien | Posted 12.05.2012 | Religion
Jon O'Brien

Nobody gets to say who is and who is not Catholic. Not the priests, not the bishops and not the pope. One is a Catholic after baptism. Period.

A Fortnight For The Rest Of Us

John W. McCarthy | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion
John W. McCarthy

I'm fine with the bishops having a Fortnight for Freedom -- and who isn't really? We all love freedom, and I'd venture to even say we love fortnights. However, we're missing the real issue at hand: poverty.

A Response To Father Benedict Groeschel's Apology

Tom Rastrelli | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Tom Rastrelli

The condemnations and apologies have been forthcoming since Father Benedict Groeschel said that some teenage victims of sexual abuse seduce their priest perpetrators. It's easy to blame statements such as these on senility and misspeak.

Confessions Of An Ex-Priest: My Flirtation With The U.S. Conference Of Catholic Bishops

Tom Rastrelli | Posted 10.01.2012 | Gay Voices
Tom Rastrelli

The bishops descended. We preached the wonders of St. Mary's. They nodded benevolently. We admired their jeweled pectoral crosses, they our enthusiasm. Some conversed in close proximity with their hands on our elbows or biceps.

Amanda Terkel

42 Religious Groups Condemn Michele Bachmann's Anti-Muslim Allegations

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Forty-two religious and secular organizations united on Thursday in condemning conservative lawmakers' allegations that Muslim-American ...

Let's Celebrate Real Religious Freedom

Jon O'Brien | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
Jon O'Brien

Today's American Catholic bishops would have us think they are the latest victims of religious persecution. Their claims denigrate the suffering of those who know the true meaning of that term.

Whose Religious Freedom Is Under Attack?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 08.11.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

As a rabbi, I am deeply conscious of the transcendent value of religious freedom. I believe that the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is indeed one of God's best creations. So I listen with great care to claims it is being violated.

The Truth About Religious Freedom

Jon O'Brien | Posted 08.07.2012 | Religion
Jon O'Brien

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) rarely lets the facts get in the way of their story. In making their case, they have relied on spurious claims about religious liberty, conscience and science.

Hey Vatican: Lay Off My Sisters!

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

Rather than publicly chastising nuns, the Catholic Church should be thanking God for every single compassionate, thought-filled and selfless one of them.

The Irony Of The Bishops' Opposition To Providing Contraceptive Services

Frank G. Kirkpatrick | Posted 08.01.2012 | Religion
Frank G. Kirkpatrick

Is it possible that the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops will one day be credited with having significantly advanced, albeit unintentionally, the argument for a single-payer health care system in the United States?