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  • Bishop Pates Embarks on Fact-Finding Mission to Middle East

    01/05/2014 3:40:10 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Kresta in the afternoon ^ | January 5, 2014 | Al Kresta
    Bishop Richard E. Pates Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa will depart January 6, 2014 on a two-week fact-finding mission in the Middle East.  Bishop Pates, who serves as chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, has a special concern for Syria and the Holy Land, and plans to show support for the local Church and the relief work of Catholic agencies in the region.  He echoed the words of Pope Francis in his Urbi et Orbi message, particularly addressing the violence faced in Syria, the Central African Republic, South Sudan and the Holy...
  • COMMENTARY: Bishop Michael Pfeifer: Immigration reform needed

    12/18/2013 11:25:24 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 25 replies
    The Monitor ^ | December 18, 2013 | Bishop Michael Pfeifer
    According to the Pew Hispanic Center, there are about 11.2 million unauthorized persons residing in the United States. Each year, approximately 300,000 more unauthorized immigrants enter the country. In large part, these immigrants feel compelled to enter by either the explicit or implicit promise of employment in the American agriculture, construction, service and other industries. Most of this unauthorized flow comes from Mexico, a nation struggling with severe poverty. Survival has thus become the primary impetus for unauthorized immigration flow into the United States. Todays unauthorized immigrants are largely low-skilled workers who come to the United States for work to...
  • USCCB responds to ACLU lawsuit

    12/10/2013 4:15:59 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | December 10, 2013 | Diogenes
    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) alleging that ethical directives issued by the bishops are responsible for negligence in the care of a woman treated in a Michigan Catholic hospital. Tamesha Means, who reportedly suffered damaging infections during a troubled pregnancy that ended in miscarriage, should have been advised to abort the child, the ACLU argues. It is important to note at the outset that the death of any unborn child is tragic, and we feel deeply for any mother who suffers such...
  • Fox News columnist rips Pope Francis, loses Catholic News Service gig

    12/07/2013 7:43:01 PM PST · by ebb tide · 170 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | December 6, 2013 | David Gibson
    Fox News columnist rips Pope Francis, loses Catholic News Service gig Adam Shaw, an editor for the Fox News website, has been taking a lot of heat, even from some conservatives, for a rip-roaring assessment of the popes recent apostolic exhortation. His column is titled: Pope Francis is the Catholic Churchs Obama God help us, which gives you a sense of where Shaw was coming from. But if Shaws Fox job is safe hey, when Rush Limbaugh is blasting the pontiff anyone else looks tame his other gig, as a film and video game reviewer for Catholic...
  • Lawsuit against US bishops wrong on abortion, doctor says (details emerge)

    12/04/2013 6:39:27 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | December 3, 2013 | Adelaide Mena and Kevin Jones
    Pro-life demonstrators in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Lansing, Mich., Dec 3, 2013 / 05:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A lawsuit charging that the U.S. bishops’ ethical standards for hospitals caused negligent care of a pregnant woman wrongly claims that abortion was medically necessary, a doctor and professor of medicine has said. “Abortion is never necessary to save the life of the mother,” said Dr. Brian C. Calhoun, a professor and vice-chair in the obstetrics and gynecology department at West Virginia University-Charleston. Calhoun, who specializes in high-risk pregnancies, rejected the deliberate killing of an unborn patient in a medical emergency....
  • THE (Catholic) BISHOPS AND OBAMACARE

    12/03/2013 3:17:43 PM PST · by NYer · 40 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | December 3, 2013 | STEPHEN WHITE
    This past weekend, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York—who recently finished his term as President of the USCCB—went on NBC’s “Meet the Press” where he discussed, among other things, the Catholic bishops’ complicated relationship with the Affordable Care Act. His Eminence was very supportive of the law’s goals, pointing out that the Catholic bishops have supported health care reform since 1919. So he laments that the bishops’ initial excitement at the prospect of comprehensive health care reform was ultimately frustrated by the administration’s intransigence over abortion funding and the exclusion of immigrants. Then came the concerns over conscience protections:So that’s...
  • ACLU Files Sweeping Suit Against Catholic Hospitals' Anti-Abortion Policies

    12/03/2013 1:28:29 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    Newsmax ^ | December 2, 2013
    The American Civil Liberties Union filed a sweeping federal lawsuit against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops over its ethical guidelines for Roman Catholic hospitals, arguing the directives were to blame for negligent care of a pregnant woman who went into early labor and whose baby died within hours.The ACLU alleges the bishops were negligent because their religious directives prevented Tamesha Means from being told that continuing her pregnancy posed grave risks to her health and her child was not likely to survive. She was treated at Mercy Health Muskegon, a Catholic hospital in Michigan."It's not just about one woman,"...
  • U.S. Catholic bishops' new leaders concerned with poor

    11/12/2013 12:35:28 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies
    Yahoo / Reuters ^ | 11/12/13 | Mary Wisniewski
    Their election comes as Catholic bishops worldwide are being given new direction by Pope Francis, who has emphasized greater humility and more concern for poverty. The bishops oversee 69 million U.S. Catholics, or about a quarter of the country's population. "I believe we are very much in solidarity with Pope Francis, and that is, his way of articulating clearly that we need not only to serve the voiceless and the vulnerable, but to be an advocate," Kurtz told reporters after his election. Christopher Hale, senior fellow with Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, a progressive group that focuses on...
  • USCCB Election Results

    11/12/2013 6:25:53 AM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    EWTN | November 12, 2013
    PRESIDENT Joseph Edward Kurtz Archbishop of Louisville VICE PRESIDENT Daniel Cardinal DiNardo Archbishop of Galveston-Houston.
  • Nominees announced for USCCB leadership roles

    10/22/2013 7:13:08 AM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    NCR ^ | Oct. 21, 2013 | Michael Sean Winters
    The USCCB has announced the 10 candidates for presidency and vice presidency of the conference. The president is elected from these 10 nominees, and the vice president is elected from the remaining nine. Here are the candidates: - Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans - Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., of Philadelphia - Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash. - Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston - Archbishop Jos Gomez of Los Angeles - Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky. - Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore - Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati - Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit - Archbishop Thomas...
  • US Catholic Bishops on Government Shutdown: The Poor, Needy Should Come First

    10/03/2013 8:58:03 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | October 2, 2013 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Top bishops from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have spoken out on the recent government shutdown by suggesting that moral criteria should guide budgetary decisions, and insisted that the poor and needy should come first. "We write as pastors and teachers, not experts or partisans, to bring both moral principles and everyday experience to this discussion. The Catholic community defends the unborn, feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, educates the young, welcomes refugees, and cares for the sick, both at home and abroad. In many instances, the government is a partner with the Church and its ministries in...
  • Were bishops and the Vatican blindsided by the popes interview?

    09/24/2013 3:28:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | September 23, 2013 | Catherine Harmon
    Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, Australia, reads the Sept. 19 issue of the Italian journal La Civilta Cattolica while attending the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications at the Vatican. The Sept. 19 edition of the Jesuit journal contains a 12,000 word interview with Pope Francis in which he calls for a "new balance" between proclaiming salvation and teaching morality. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) As the dust slowly begins to settle from last week’s papal interview earthquake, complaints have begun to surface from bishops and other Church officials about what they perceive as a lack of communication...
  • Notre Dame to begin accepting illegal immigrants

    08/27/2013 7:14:05 AM PDT · by haffast · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Friday, August 23, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    The University of Notre Dame will begin admitting illegal immigrants to the school and will provide them with financial aid, saying the move will strengthen the student body. snip
  • Gomez book on immigration called 'an intellectual train wreck' [vomit-inducing-analysis warning]

    07/15/2013 9:15:25 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies
    LA Observed ^ | July 15, 2013 | Kevin Roderick | July 15, 2013 12:20 AM
    didn't realize that Archbishop Jose Gomez of the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese has a new book out, Immigration and the Next America: Renewing the Soul of Our Nation, that steps right into the national debate on immigration reform. Gomez and the publisher describe the book as "a personal, passionate and practical contribution to the national debate about immigration - pointing the way toward a recovery of America's highest ideals....Immigration is a human rights test of our generation. It's also a defining historical moment for America." Daily News columnist Tim Rutten disagrees in his Sunday column. He calls the book by...
  • U.S. Catholic leader invokes popes immigration comments [Jose Gomez promoting immigration reform]

    07/09/2013 3:31:24 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 9, 2013 | Aaron Blake
    A chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday called for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, citing remarks made by Pope Francis about the treatment of immigrants. I call upon the House of Representatives to pass comprehensive immigration reform which is just and humane, said Archbishop Jose H. Gomez (of Los Angeles), who chairs the conferences committee on migration issues. The current immigration system, which causes so much human suffering, is a stain on the soul of our nation. The pope over the weekend criticized a globalization of indifference when it comes to the status of...
  • Lobbyists launch push on immigration in House

    07/08/2013 6:50:38 PM PDT · by haffast · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jul 8, 2013 8:23pm EDT | Caren Bohan and Rachelle Younglai
    (Reuters) - Supporters of a U.S. immigration reform bill are launching a push for the legislation this week that includes phone calls to lawmakers from Catholic bishops, visits to Capitol Hill from high-tech lobbyists and an ad blitz sponsored by organized labor. The lobbying frenzy is aimed at overcoming resistance among many Republicans in the House of Representatives to the biggest overhaul of U.S. immigration laws in nearly 30 years. Immigration reform, President Barack Obama's top domestic priority, passed the Democratic-led Senate with bipartisan support but its prospects in the Republican-led House are bleak. While House votes could still be...
  • WHERE IS RULE OF LAW FOR CATHOLIC LEADERS ON NATION'S BOUNDARIES?

    07/08/2013 3:36:09 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 20 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 7/8/13 | Dr. Susan Berry
    "...It is curious that as Catholic leaders are campaigning essentially for amnesty, providing a plethora of images of needy, struggling families being welcomed by those who supposedly have more, there is scarce mention of another concept that many of these same Catholic leaders have highly prized, particularly in their recent struggles with the U.S. government: the rule of law. The notion that those who have come to the United States illegally should be exempted from the nations laws is not only not mentioned by these Catholic leaders, but also seemingly dismissed. The fact that many Americans have been the victims...
  • NY Archdiocese Health Plan Has Covered Birth Control, Abortion for Over a Decade

    05/28/2013 6:49:23 PM PDT · by haffast · 24 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | May 28, 2013|4:57 pm | Leonardo Blair
    Despite his strong opposition to the portion of the new health care law that requires employers, including those with religious affiliations to cover birth control in employee health plans, the Archdiocese headed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has been quietly paying for birth control for more than a decade. According to a report in The New York Times, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York has "reluctantly and indirectly" been paying for health plans that cover birth control and "voluntary pregnancy termination" for thousands of its unionized employees for more than ten years a position that could...
  • L.A. Archbishop Gomez urges lawmakers not to delay on immigration (4-24-13 Chavez mentioned)

    05/01/2013 8:49:25 PM PDT · by haffast · 15 replies
    L A Times ^ | April 24, 2013, 2:22 p.m | By Evan Halper
    SACRAMENTO -- Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archbishop Jose Gomez and several other Catholic Church officials in California took time from their retreat in Sacramento on Wednesday to make a push for Congress to keep up the momentum on changes to the countrys immigration laws. In a gaggle with reporters, Gomez said reform of the countrys immigration laws is long overdue. Gomez, who was joined by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, as well as several bishops from around the state, urged Congress not to delay in passing a bill, saying the bipartisan package of legislation that has come together offers hope...
  • Vatican may prohibit female alter (sic) service [Catholic Caucus]

    04/29/2013 7:50:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 88 replies
    ndsmcobserver.com ^ | October 14, 2003/Updated September 2012 | Amanda Michaels
    Vatican may prohibit female alter (sic) service By Michaels, Amanda Published:Tuesday, October 14, 2003Updated:Wednesday, September 12, 2012 11:09 Only nine years after the Vatican gave women permission to serve beside their male counterparts at the altar, a new proposal threatens to force them back into the crowd. On Sept. 23, the Italian Catholic monthly, "Jesus," released advanced text of an article featuring excerpts from a draft document, or directive, written by the Vatican congregations for Divine Worship and the Sacraments and for the Doctrine of the Faith. Distributed on June 5, the document was an expansion on the papal...
  • US bishops name religious freedom advocate as president's spokeswoman

    05/01/2013 5:32:43 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | April 30, 2013
    Kim Daniels Washington D.C., Apr 30, 2013 / 04:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has hired religious liberty attorney and mother of six Kim Daniels as spokesperson for conference president Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan. The bishops’ conference said April 29 that it “welcomes” Daniels, who brings with her experience as director of Catholic Voices USA, a lay Catholic organization that “works to bring the positive message of the Church across a broad range of issues to the public square.” In recent years, Daniels has emerged as a leader in efforts to engage the culture and...
  • DC Cardinal McCarrick: Church Will Push for Immigration, Gun Safety

    03/28/2013 8:30:55 AM PDT · by haffast · 48 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 07:56 AM
    A U.S. cardinal said he expects Catholic Church leaders to intensify efforts on behalf of a new immigration law and gun control measures as congressional legislation on the issues move forward. Many undocumented immigrants are family people who came to make a contribution to American society, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, retired Catholic prelate of the nations capital, said in an interview on Bloomberg Televisions Political Capital with Al Hunt, which airs this weekend. The nations Catholic bishops will back up their endorsement of a path to legal status for such immigrants with more action once legislation is introduced, he added. Im...
  • LA Archbishop Gomez keeps Mahony's promise to push for immigration reform

    03/27/2013 8:13:53 PM PDT · by haffast · 11 replies
    Take Two ^ | March 27th, 2013, 7:35am | Charles Castaldi
    President Obama said he expects Congress to introduce an immigration reform bill next month. The Los Angeles Archdiocese has played a key role in advocating for change. Before he was stripped of his duties for mishandling sex abuse cases, Cardinal Roger Mahony was a leading voice on immigration reform. snip Salas says that Mahonys successor, Archbishop Jose Gomez, might not be speaking at rallies as much and certainly maintains a lower public profile, but he is very active in pushing for immigration reform. I was in a meeting with President Obama a couple of weeks ago at the White House...
  • Bishops say mandate still threatens religious liberty

    03/22/2013 5:45:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | March 21, 2013 | Adelaide Darling
    Sebelius listens as President Obama announces the contraceptive mandate at the White House Jan.12, 2012. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza. Washington D.C., Mar 21, 2013 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite proposals to modify the federal contraception mandate, the U.S. bishops said that the regulation is still unacceptable due to its narrow view of religion and resulting violations of religious liberty.   “The identity of the person or group having the religious freedom objection should not matter; what should matter instead is whether the person or group faces government coercion to violate conscience,” said a document filed...
  • Pope's resignation invokes sadness, gratitude from US bishops

    02/11/2013 11:52:11 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    EWTN News ^ | February 11, 2013 | Adelaide Darling
    Cardinal Timothy Dolan The U.S. bishops voiced sorrow over the news of Pope Benedict XVIs resignation, as well as appreciation for his eight years of leadership and service to the Church.The Holy Father brought the tender heart of a pastor, the incisive mind of a scholar and the confidence of a soul united with His God in all he did, said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. His resignation is but another sign of his great care for the Church.Cardinal Dolans Feb. 11 statement came hours after Pope Benedict announced...
  • Catholic Bishops Reject Obama Compromise on Contraception Coverage

    02/08/2013 6:21:34 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    Insurance Journal ^ | February 8, 2013 | David Morgan
    U.S. Roman Catholic bishops on Thursday rejected the Obama Administrations latest bid for compromise over a hotly disputed health policy that requires employees at religiously affiliated institutions to have access to insurance coverage for contraceptives. Cardinal Timothy Donlan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said his group would redouble efforts to reach an agreement on the contraceptives issue after more than a year of protest and scores of federal lawsuits from Catholics groups and other social conservatives. But the cardinal, one of the most prominent voices in the American Catholic Church, said new federal rules...
  • Exclusive: U.S. bishops say theyre willing to go to jail over HHS mandate

    01/30/2013 5:26:02 AM PST · by NYer · 113 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 29, 2013 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    Archbishop-elect Alexander Sample speaks with John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews' editor-in-chief WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 29, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - As the Obama administration and the U.S. Bishops remain locked in battle over the HHS mandate, the question on the minds of many observers is: what lengths are the bishops willing to go to to oppose the mandate? The prelates LifeSiteNews spoke to after the Vigil Mass for Life in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 24th indicated that they intend to do everything they can to oppose the mandate, including risking imprisonment if necessary. "I would be willing to go to jail in defense of religious...
  • Pope calls on bishops to run charities better

    12/03/2012 2:06:43 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | December 3, 2012 | Estefania Aguirre
    Pope Benedict XVI. (Credit: Anne Hartney) Vatican City, Dec 2, 2012 / 01:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has released an apostolic letter on charitable activities that asks bishops to improve their supervision of local charities and ensure that these groups’ work does not contradict Catholic teaching. The Pope’s six-page letter, released Dec. 1, notes the duty of the diocesan bishops and parish priests to see that in charitable service the faithful “are not led into error or misunderstanding.” Bishops and parish priests “are to prevent publicity being given through parish or diocesan structures to initiatives which, while...
  • Cardinal Dolan: US bishops wont comply with Obama rule on birth control coverage in insurance

    11/16/2012 1:44:11 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Cath News ^ | November 15, 2012
    A top American bishop said Tuesday the Roman Catholic church will not comply with the Obama administration requirement that most employers provide health insurance covering birth control.New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said church leaders are open to working toward a resolution with federal officials, but will meanwhile press ahead with challenges to the mandate in legislatures and in court.“The only thing we’re certainly not prepared to do is give in. We’re not violating our consciences,” Dolan told reporters at a national bishops’ meeting. “I would say no door is closed except for...
  • US bishops call for renewed view of marriage in wake of election

    11/10/2012 2:11:19 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    cna ^ | November 9, 2012 | Michelle Bauman
    Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone. Washington D.C., Nov 9, 2012 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops' leader on defense of marriage issues is calling for prayer and a “renewed culture of marriage” in light of recent votes against preserving the meaning of the institution in four states. “In a society marked by increasing poverty and family fragmentation, marriage needs to be strengthened, promoted, and defended, not redefined,” said Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, who chairs the bishops' subcommittee on defending marriage. In a Nov. 7 statement, the archbishop explained that the previous day's election “was a...
  • Question for the Day Sparked by Thoughts of the Upcoming CCHD Collection

    11/10/2012 10:15:53 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Les Femmes ^ | November 9, 2012 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    In view of the information below about the U.S. bishops' domestic "charity," the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD),  I have a question: Who is more zealous about winning souls?The prince of this world or the U.S. bishops? ____________________________________ IT'S BAAACK...ANNUAL COLLECTION FOR CCHD -NOVEMBER 17-18 In about ten days, most dioceses in the United States will take up the annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. For years, researchers have demonstrated that a large portion of the collection goes to Alinskyite community organizing groups that advance abortion, contraception, same-sex activity, and cultural Marxism. In 2010 the controversy alarmed...
  • Catholic Bishops Call Biden A Liar On ObamaCare

    10/15/2012 4:09:35 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 17 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | October 15, 2012
    ObamaCare: The leaders of the vice president's church are calling him out for denying the Affordable Care Act's threat to religious liberty and the institutions that provide needed social services. As we noted in our post-debate analysis, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) were not amused with Joe Biden's other great debate lie that ObamaCare doesn't threaten religious liberty or the ability of churches, particularly the Catholic Church, to put their faith in action. On Oct. 12, the USCCB denounced the VP's deceptive comments, noting that the so-called HHS exemption is a farce that unconstitutionally defines what a...
  • Catholic Bishops Reject Obamas Surrender Terms

    02/02/2012 5:49:01 PM PST · by raptor22 · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 2, 2012 | IBD staff
    1st Amendment: Catholic bishops on Sunday issued a response to ObamaCare's mandates on providing contraception in violation of conscience and religious freedom. The message was simple: We will not comply. It was hardly a profile in courage when the Obama administration, hoping to kick the issue down the road past the November election, announced last Friday that Catholic hospitals and other religious institutions will have an extra year to comply with a new requirement that most health plans provide contraceptive benefits at no cost to their members. On Sunday, America's Catholic bishops in an open letter to their parishioners and...
  • USCCB Responds To Inaccurate Statement Of Fact On HHS Mandate Made During Vice Presidential Debate

    10/12/2012 2:58:34 PM PDT · by DaveTesla · 10 replies
    U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops ^ | October 12, 2012 | U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
    WASHINGTONThe U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued the following statement, October 12. Full text follows: Last night, the following statement was made during the Vice Presidential debate regarding the decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to force virtually all employers to include sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion, in the health insurance coverage they provide their employees: "With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institutionCatholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospitalnone has to either refer...
  • Pro-abortion catholic VP Biden fibbed during debate (Catholic bishops response)

    10/12/2012 9:55:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | October 12, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From the USCCB: WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued the following statement, October 12. Full text follows:Last night, the following statement was made during the Vice Presidential debate regarding the decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to force virtually all employers to include sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion, in the health insurance coverage they provide their employees: “With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institution—Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital—none has to...
  • Catholic Relief Services scandal hits the blogosphere

    08/16/2012 1:51:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 16, 2012 | MEAGHEN HALE
    August 16, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) In July, LifeSiteNews broke the story of Catholic Relief Services, the official overseas relief and development agency of the USCCB, granting $5.3 million to CARE, a pro-contraception and pro-abortion organization. Since then, numerous blogs have picked up the storyand investigated further. Red State has reported on CRS as a dues-paying member of both the pro-conraception CORE Group and the pro-abortion group MEDiCAM. Societas Restituo Catholicam has the evidence on MEDiCAM in a detailed post showing visual proof of the companys firm commitment to expanding abortion since 2005. In a press release, CRS said their...
  • The Al Smith dinner: the cardinal and the tax collector

    08/12/2012 4:09:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | August 09, 2012 | Phil Lawler
    The Al Smith dinner: the cardinal and the tax collector By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - send a comment) | August 09, 2012 9:36 AM Jesus ate with tax collectors. And Cardinal Dolan plans to eat with President Obamawho, Chief Justice Roberts tells us, has imposed a tax on employers who refuse to subsidize contraception. But theres a difference.When Jesus sat with tax collectors, the dinners were private. They were not photo ops for political candidates. The Lord could speak directly to the hearts of his dining companions, and convert them. Remember, St. Matthew left the tax-collecting business to...
  • Catholic bishops helped to fund Alinsky training for Barack Obama, according to documents

    07/24/2012 8:10:48 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 18 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 7/23/2012 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    July 23, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Campaign for Human Development paid a young Barack Obamas airfaire to a training program on community organizing given by the Industrial Areas Foundation, an organization founded by leftist radical Saul Alinsky, according a book to be released tomorrow on the subject. No Higher Power, by conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly and journalist George Neumayr, reports that In the 1980s, the Catholic archdiocese of Chicago contributed to the training of Obama in the very Alinskyite radicalism that would culminate in such anti-religious measures as the HHS mandate, according to an...
  • Post-Comfortable Christianity and the Election of 2012 (Brilliant piece!)

    07/13/2012 1:23:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 13, 2012 | Rev. George Rutler
    Shortly before he died in Oxford in 1988, the Jesuit retreat master and raconteur, Bernard Bassett, in good spirits after a double leg amputation, told me that the great lights of his theological formation had been Ignatius Loyola and John Henry Newman, but if he “had to do it all over,” he’d only read Paul. “Everything is there.” There is a temptation to think that God gave us the Apostle to the Gentiles in order to have second readings at Sunday Mass, usually unrelated to the first reading and the Gospel. But everything truly is there. Paul was one of...
  • U.S bishops greet Supreme Court decision on immigration with hope and caution

    07/06/2012 12:10:06 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies
    Intermountain Catholic ^ | Jun. 29, 2012
    WASHINGTON (USCCB) The U.S. bishops greeted with hope and caution the June 25 Supreme Court decision to strike down provisions of an Arizona immigration law that would have allowed warrantless arrests of people suspected of an offense that is deportable, that would have made it a crime to seek work in the state and that would have made undocumented presence a state crime. The bishops found hope in the decision in Arizona vs. United States and said it reflects the bishops call for humane and just immigration laws and concern for laws that could tear families apart. Their caution lay...
  • Catholic Fund Cuts Off Aid Over Groups Affiliations

    07/05/2012 1:36:53 PM PDT · by Coleus · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | 04.05.12 | DAN FROSCH
    For three years now, Compaeros, a small nonprofit organization in rural southwestern Colorado, has received thousands of dollars from the Roman Catholic Church to help poor Hispanic immigrants with basic needs including access to health care and guidance on local laws. But in February, the group was informed by a representative from the Diocese of Pueblo that its financing from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, an arm of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops devoted to ending poverty, was in danger. The problem, the diocesan liaison explained, was Compaeross membership in an immigrant rights coalition that had joined...
  • USCCB responds to SCOTUS health care ruling

    06/29/2012 3:15:28 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 199 replies
    Patheos ^ | June 28, 2012 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    The bishops released a statement a short time ago: Today the United States Supreme Court issued a decision upholding as a tax the provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires individuals to purchase a health planthe so-called individual mandate. For nearly a century, the Catholic bishops of the United States have been and continue to be consistent advocates for comprehensive health care reform to ensure access to life-affirming health care for all, especially the poorest and the most vulnerable. Although the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) did not participate in these cases and took no position...
  • Bishops Renew Plea To Congress And Administration To Repair Affordable Care Act

    06/28/2012 10:25:47 PM PDT · by RitaOK · 18 replies
    USCCB.org ^ | June 28, 2012 | USCCB
    Bishops Renew Plea To Congress And Administration To Repair Affordable Care Act June 28, 2012 Supreme Court decision does not address fundamental flaws in the law Legislation still needed to fix conscience, abortion funding, immigration problems WASHINGTONToday the United States Supreme Court issued a decision upholding as a tax the provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires individuals to purchase a health planthe so-called "individual mandate." For nearly a century, the Catholic bishops of the United States have been and continue to be consistent advocates for comprehensive health care reform to ensure access to life-affirming health care for...
  • U.S. Bishops: Catholics should prepare for civil disobedience to HHS mandate

    05/31/2012 2:57:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 31, 2012 | CHRISTINE DHANAGOM
    May 31, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Catholics in the United States should be prepared to engage in civil disobedience if the HHS mandate requiring employers to pay for contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs is not rescinded, says a new document from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The USCCB released the one-pager as a bulletin insert to be distributed in Catholic Churches during June, in preparation for the Fortnight for Freedom, a two week period of prayer and fasting for the rescinding of the mandate. Some unjust laws impose such injustices on individuals and organizations that disobeying the laws may...
  • Bishop: Conservatives may co-opt HHS lawsuits for anti-Obama crusade

    05/25/2012 5:22:35 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 1 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 5/24/2012 | Ben Johnson
    STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA, May 24, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) A California-based bishop is concerned that the lawsuits to overturn the HHS mandate filed by the leading dioceses and institutions of his Church may be used to underscore political criticism of the Obama administration. Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton told America magazine that, while the bishops he knows in California are strong supporters of these religious liberty lawsuits, I think there are different groups that are trying to co-opt this and make it into political issue. Forces very far to the Right may be tempted to make the legal challenge a part of...
  • Boston Archdiocese Bails on Religious Freedom Lawsuit

    05/22/2012 7:37:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    On Monday, May 21, Cardinal Dolan, President of the USCCB, applauded 43 dioceses, hospitals, schools and church agencies for filing 12 lawsuits around the nation saying the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contraception coverage mandate violates religious freedom. The Boston Archdiocese was not one of those dioceses. St. Anthony of Padua said, Actions speak louder than words and the actions of Cardinal OMalley make it increasingly obvious that our Cardinal is lacking in courage. Here is an excerpt from the AP report on the news: NEW YORK Roman Catholic dioceses, schools, and other groups sued the Obama...
  • On Federal Spending, the US Bishops' Advice Fails a Moral Test

    05/16/2012 1:39:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 5/15/12 | Phil Lawler
    Do the American Catholic bishops think its morally acceptable to bounce checks? Because thats what will happen, you know, if Congress follows the bishops advice on federal spending. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has repeatedly criticized proposed budget cuts in federal spending, without suggesting alternative ways to balance the budget. Although in these statements the bishops occasionally mention in passing that they recognize deficit spending might be a problem, those disclaimers are never very convincing. There is no sign that the US bishops, as a body, recognize the enormity of the central problem here: The US government is spending...
  • USCCB Statements on Other Political Topics are Harming the Campaign for Religious Freedom

    05/06/2012 7:45:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 5/4/12 | Phil Lawler
    In March the US bishops conference (USCCB) announced that we will not rest until Congress ensures that religious freedom is protected in the federal health-care reform program. The USCCB followed up that clear and forceful message a few week later with a new, statement announcing a major offensive in defense of religious liberty. These powerful statements seemed to indicate clearly that religious freedom would be the focusthe focusof the bishops political efforts this year. The USCCB issued a clarion call to the Catholic laity, asking for help with this campaign. Cardinal Dolan called out President Obama; Bishop Lori challenged Congress....
  • The Declaratio​n of Religious Independen​ce

    04/30/2012 3:18:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 30, 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    If a decree like the HHS contraception mandate was issued during the Medieval era, Archbishop Dolan would probably have declared Secretary Kathleen Sebelius “anathema” and excommunicated her from the Church (see this famous scene from the movie Becket for an example). If President Obama was a tyrannical monarch in that era, he would be muttering the same words as King Henry II when challenged by the Catholic hierarchy, “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?”The church’s relationship with government has changed since the 12th century; nevertheless, the Catholic Church is again facing off with civil authority over their...
  • Pope Names Cardinal Wuerl to Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

    04/30/2012 7:34:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Pope Benedict XVI today has named Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, as a member of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The congregation is the oldest of the Curia's nine congregations. The wide ranging mission of the congregation is to promote and safeguard the doctrine on faith and morals throughout the Catholic world. The congregation is now headed by Prefect Cardinal William Joseph Levada and has 23 members. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, was Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 1981 until his election as the 265th successor to...