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US Conference of Catholic Bishops

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?

Protesters Back Nuns In Standoff With Vatican

Reuters | Posted 07.24.2012 | Religion

By Stephanie Simon May 23 (Reuters) - In Washington, D.C., and Toledo, Ohio, in upstate New York and in south Texas, protesters have g...

Girl Scouts And God's Grace

Patricia McGuire | Posted 07.16.2012 | Religion
Patricia McGuire

Real evil abounds in our world each day, and most of us are doing our level best to relieve the pain of evil's fallout. Faith leaders should support the good people who work hard to make a positive difference for children in this very imperfect world.

Walking The (Catholic) Plank

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

Why doesn't my Catholic Church get its own house in order first? Get the plank/log/boulder/semi truck/elephant out of its own eye before it tries to remove a speck from another's eye?

The True Radicalism Of Catholic Sisters

Patricia McGuire | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Patricia McGuire

Whatever the sisters might have done to cross invisible lines of vowed obedience according to Church rules, they have done so with courage and conviction. They deserve reverence, not retribution.

Michael McAuliff

Boehner Chastises Bishops: 'Take A Bigger Look'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) chastised Catholic bishops at a Wednesday news conference on Capitol Hill, saying they needed to loo...

End the 'Witch Hunt' Approach at Catholic Community-Organizing Fund

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 06.17.2012 | Impact
Pablo Eisenberg

It is one thing to demand fealty to Catholic church principles from grant recipients; it is quite another to insist that these groups cannot in any way be associated with other organizations that do not adhere to the church's teachings.

Gay Marriage Is A Human Right, Law Professor Says

Mary J. Loftus | Posted 06.13.2012 | Religion
Mary J. Loftus

Catholic bishops have been saying that the federal mandate that private insurers cover contraceptive services violates religious freedom. But the Catholic Church also supports policies that compromise the religious and moral freedom of others.

Pittsburgh Priests To Bishop: Listen To Laity On Contraception

Posted 04.11.2012 | Religion

By Joshua J. McElwee National Catholic Reporter Several priests of the Pittsburgh diocese have met with Bishop David Zubik -- the prelate who said...

Catholic Bishops Support Republicans

Fred Rotondaro | Posted 06.10.2012 | Religion
Fred Rotondaro

The bishops would of course never tell their parishioners to vote Republican, but they left little to the imagination. Priests would preach at mass about the necessity of voting only for pro-life candidates.

Laura Bassett

Catholic Bishops Find Birth Control 'Inexpensive'

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 03.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As part of their intensely focused effort to repeal the Obama administration's new contraception coverage policy, the U.S. Conference of...

Imposing 'Sharia': Roman Catholic Version

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 04.28.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

It is Roman Catholic "sharia" about contraception that the USCCB has been trying to impose on Americans of all faiths and beliefs who happen to work at a Catholic-sponsored hospital or university.

Laura Bassett

Catholic Leadership Splinters Over Obama Birth Control Compromise

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

When President Barack Obama first announced the federal rule requiring most faith-based employers to pay for contraception health coverage, most Roman...

God Didn't Keep the Apple from Adam: Catholic Bishops Need to Stop Playing Politics With Choice

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Sarah O'Leary

Catholic institutions have been mandated by states to provide the access to contraception for years, without any backlash. So why are things different now?

Zach Carter

Pacifist Activists Deride Bishops Over Birth Control Coverage

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- High-profile Republicans and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have decried the Obama administration's new contraception ...

Arthur Delaney

GOP Candidates Out Of Step With Catholic Church On Unemployment

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidates have leaped to the defense of the Roman Catholic Church in its birth-control battle against President...

Open Letter To Archbishop Timothy Dolan: Stop The Partisan Politics

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 04.14.2012 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

There is a double standard where the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is concerned: you'll start a nuclear political war with a pro-choice Democrat but allow a pro-life Republican to get away with anything.

Who Won? We Will

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

It remains to be seen whether the notoriously inefficient and miserly health insurance industry will succeed in making this a seamless experience for women employed at these institutions.