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Bishops Defend Opposition To Health Care Reform, Urge Changes

Religion News Service | By Kevin Eckstrom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Kevin Eckstrom Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Saying their opposition to health care reform was "misinterpreted, misunderstood and misused...

Catholic Bishops Leave Civil Rights Group After Kagan Endorsement

Religion News Service | By Daniel Burke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops withdrew from a national civil rights coalition on Wednesday (May 19...

What "Pro-Life" Really Means

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Andy Ostroy

Finally, a logical, practical interpretation from some in the religious community of what it truly means to be "pro-life." Kudos to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

Catholics at a Moral Crossroads: Rip the Band-Aid Off!

Vinnie Rotondaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Vinnie Rotondaro

Now is a time to challenge the bishops head on. The definition of Catholicism -- of what it means to be Catholic -- is what is at stake. Now is a time of upheaval. Dare I say war?

The Church and the Fed: Too Big to Fail?

Fred Rotondaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Fred Rotondaro

Bishops and Fed officials may think they are beyond examination. But for the good of the organizations themselves, the rest of us need to bring them to earth and demand accountability.

Bishops and Pawns

Katherine Spillar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Katherine Spillar

As health care reform was being debated yesterday at the White House between Democrats and Republicans, who better to weigh in than ... Catholic bisho...

Bishops vs. Patients' Rights

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

I have written how recent changes to Ethical and Religious Directive (ERD) Number 58 compel Catholic hospitals and nursing homes to either disregard y...

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.

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.

Do Catholic Bishops Run the United States Government?

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

On Saturday, with the aide of some 60 Democrats, women's rights were effectively negated by the US Congress as the House passed the Stupak amendment ...

Why The Catholic Bishops Matter on Health Care Reform

Steven Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Waldman

While some have chided me for caring too much about what the Bishops think, Bishops matter a great deal politically when it comes to the abortion-and-health care debate.

U.S. Jews Protest Catholic Document On Salvation

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

NEW YORK — Major Jewish groups and rabbis from the three largest branches of American Judaism said Thursday that their relationship with Roman C...

Biden "Jesus Christ" Called "Hate Speech" By Conservative

The Huffington Post | Susan Crile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Mark Tapscott, the editorial page editor of the conservative Washington Examiner, has nothing but fire and brimstone for Joe Biden. In an op-ed last ...

The 1-Question Climate Quiz

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

The Climate Equity Alliance represents how choosing between environment and the economy is a false choice. Strong climate legislation can, and must, be strong economic legislation.

Jesus Wouldn't Give $200K to Back Prop 8

Kip Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kip Williams

I was shocked and offended to learn that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops had thrown down $200K to back Prop 8, which would revoke the right of same-sex couples to get married.

Extremists Pressure Catholic Bishops to Use Communion as Political Weapon

Chris Korzen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Korzen

America seems ready to unify behind practical and effective ways of addressing the abortion issue that validate the concerns of both the pro-life and pro-choice communities.

Father Pfleger's Raging Sexism No Problem for Cardinal George

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Angela Bonavoglia

George never said one word about the misogyny that came through in Pfleger's cartoon-like caricature of a brilliant woman respected worldwide who has fought a long, hard battle.