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How Hobby Lobby Killed Religious Liberty

Jon O'Brien | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Jon O'Brien

The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision is a disaster for women, and we can lay the blame squarely at the feet of the Obama administration.

Ignoring Pope Francis, American Bishops Keep Focus On Abortion And Gays

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 06.12.2014 | Religion

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The nation's Roman Catholic bishops meeting Wednesday renewed their focus on abortion and gay marriage under Pope Francis. The U...

Retired Archbishop Harry Flynn Can't Remember How He Handled Sex Abuse Cases

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.05.2014 | Religion

Retired Archbishop Harry Flynn was deposed last month in a lawsuit contending that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Win...

U.S. Bishops Demand Action To Prevent Climate Change

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.30.2014 | Religion

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) called on the Environmental Protection Agency to combat climate change in a May 29 letter. It specific...

How Many Billion Dollars Did Sex Abuse Cost The U.S. Catholic Church?

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 04.04.2014 | Religion

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released their eleventh annual report on the progress of implementing the Charter for the Protection ...

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.

A "Fortnight for Freedom" From Shutdown?

Dawn Morais | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Dawn Morais

There is a murmuring in the pews. Is it possible the bishops are launching another Fortnight for Freedom -- this time to protest the assault on the lives of ordinary people by the Tea Party-led GOP?

Pope Francis vs American Bishops?

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 09.23.2013 | Religion

NEW YORK -- In recent years, many American bishops have drawn a harder line with parishioners on what could be considered truly Roman Catholic, adopti...

Dozens Of Religious Groups Protest Contraception Mandate

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Ann Rodgers | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion

Leaders from the nation's two largest religious bodies -- the Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention -- released an interfaith letter cal...

Jaweed Kaleem

Religious Groups: Contraception Mandate Change Still Violates Religious Freedom

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion

Despite the Obama administration's attempts to allay concerns among some institutions with religious objections to contraception, proposed changes to ...

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.

Watchdog Group Asks IRS To Probe Catholic Bishops

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 11.07.2012 | Religion

(RNS) A public watchdog group is charging the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops with openly politicking on behalf of Republican presidential candida...

Polling Shows That Bishops' Campaign Failed

Jon O'Brien | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Jon O'Brien

Catholics know what's at stake, and they're making up their own minds despite the influence the bishops claim, or the relative importance the hierarchy's influence and divisive campaigns garner in the media.

Bishops Are Wrong About Religious Freedom Violations

Bridgette Dunlap | Posted 09.12.2012 | Religion
Bridgette Dunlap

The bishops may reject the choices made by voters and their elected representatives and lament that Catholics use birth control and form families in violation of their commands, but this does not mean their religious freedoms are being violated.

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.

Catholic Bishops Told To Follow Their Own Policies Against Sexual Abuse

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 06.14.2012 | Religion

(RNS) Amid continuing headlines about cover-ups of child abuse in the Catholic Church, an oversight board of lay Catholics on Wednesday (June 13) warn...

Cardinal Dolan's Blackmail For Jesus: The Empire Strikes Back

Michele Somerville | Posted 07.31.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

If Timothy Dolan is to be believed, he's ready to sacrifice the poor -- many of whom are elderly, juvenile, disabled and infirm -- in Christ's name, for the greater good of wining the war against contraception.

Catholic Bishops Differ On Religious Liberty Tactics

National Catholic Reporter | Michael Sean Winters | Posted 05.23.2012 | Religion

By Michael Sean Winters National Catholic Reporter Yesterday, the dam broke. In comments made to Kevin Clarke at America magazine, Bishop Stephen ...

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.

The Essence of Immorality

Cristina Page | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics
Cristina Page

If the Bishops insist there's no firewall great enough to protect them from our contraceptive activities, then they also must admit there's no firewall great enough to protect us from their religious activities.

Laura Bassett

Dem Lawmaker Blames Catholic Bishops For 'Confusion'

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 02.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Diana DeGette, co-chair of the Congressional Pro Choice Caucus, said that at least three of her progressive colleagues, whom she de...

Laura Bassett

GOP Defends Bishops Over Grant For Sex Trafficking Victims

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 12.01.2011 | Politics

House lawmakers sparred bitterly on Thursday over the Obama administration's decision to deny a group of Catholic bishops a lucrative grant because th...

25 Years After Historic Statement On Poor, Bishops Quiet On Economic Turmoil

Posted 11.15.2011 | Religion

By David Gibson Religion News Service BALTIMORE (RNS) Twenty-five years ago, as the U.S. faced an economic crisis and a fierce debate over cutting...