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  • The Road to Hell Obama is taking the world down created by U.S. Catholic Bishops

    07/28/2014 7:31:09 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 27 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/28/14 | Judi McLeod
    The Catholic Church—through the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration—both paved the road for Barack Hussein Obama’s ultimate takeover of Free West society and continues to actively enable the Fundamental Transformation of America by sinking the US in a tsunami of illegal aliens.
  • Remember 'human faces' of immigration, LA archbishop says

    01/15/2014 7:15:24 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 59 replies
    catholicnewsagency.com ^ | Jan 14, 2014 | CNA
    Los Angeles, Calif., Jan 14, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA).- Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles has said Americans have to see “the human faces of immigration”: the children and families suffering under America's “broken” immigration policy. “In the name of enforcing our laws, we’re breaking up families. Punishing kids for the mistakes of their parents,” he said, referring to the nearly two million people deported over the last four years. “That’s the sad truth – one out of every four people we deport is being taken away from an intact family.” The archbishop’s remarks came Jan. 10 in a...
  • Top Catholic bishop presses House on immigration

    11/07/2013 3:22:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 7, 2013 6:07 PM EST | Donna Cassata
    The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is pressuring the House to act on immigration legislation before the end of the year, calling the issue “a matter of great moral urgency” that cannot wait. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, said in a letter to Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Thursday that he was troubled by reports that immigration reform is delayed in the House since lawmakers have a responsibility to resolve the issue. … “As a moral matter … our nation cannot continue to receive the benefits of the work and contributions of undocumented immigrants...
  • Catholic Bishops: Administration Persists in ‘Unjust and Unlawful Mandate’

    03/21/2013 2:38:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    CNSNews ^ | March 21, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops filed comments with the Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday stating that the regulation that HHS issued under Obamacare that requires most health-care plans in the United States to cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs continues to be an “unjust and unlawful mandate” despite "accommodations" the administration proposed last month. The bishops reiterated their position that "the mandate should rescinded." "In short," said the bishops' comments, "the Administration continues to propose: (a) un unjust and unlawful mandate; (b) no exemption or 'accommodation' at all for most stakeholders in the health...
  • 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 Obama’s 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...
  • Forgot to mention something else I've learned recently

    09/12/2011 6:18:39 AM PDT · by Repulican Donkey · 9 replies
    Repulicandonkey
    If USCCB cared about abortion
  • Catholic Bishops in Ohio: Don't Back Komen Over Abortion Ties

    07/22/2011 9:58:19 AM PDT · by julieee · 4 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | July 22, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Catholic Bishops in Ohio: Don't Back Komen Over Abortion Ties Columbus, OH -- After a Catholic bishop in Ohio said he wanted to director money in his diocese away from Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation over its ties to the Planned Parenthood abortion business, the rest of Ohio's Catholic bishops are now on board. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/07/22/catholic-bishops-in-ohio-dont-back-komen-over-abortion-ties/
  • The U.S. Conference Of Catholic Bishops' Dereliction Of Duty On Pro Life Matters

    03/22/2011 8:10:34 AM PDT · by johnqueuepublic · 33 replies · 1+ views
    PipeLineNews.org LLC ^ | March 21, 2011 | William Mayer
    The U.S. Conference Of Catholic Bishops' Dereliction Of Duty On Pro Life Matters REFUSAL TO TAKE AFFIRMATIVE STAND SUPPORTING DE-FUNDING OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD, A MAJOR BREACH OF FAITH By WILLIAM MAYER March 21, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As should be painfully obvious at this late date, the Catholic Church is operating in a crisis mode, largely driven by twin scandals. The first being the matter of priestly sexual abuse, with an estimated 4,692 priests [source, John Jay /Bishop's Accountability Report, pg. 26, http://www.bishop-accountability.org/reports/2004_02_27_JohnJay_revised/2004_02_27_John_Jay_Main_Report_Optimized.pdf the John Jay Report] having been accused of this horrific offense. Of course...
  • Archbishop Timothy Dolan Elected as President of United States Bishops Conference

    11/16/2010 8:54:06 AM PST · by tcg · 19 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 11/16/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    In a surprising and historic turn of events, the Bishops of the United States, gathered in Baltimore, Maryland for their annual meeting, broke with the "custom" of the past, of electing the seated Vice president to succeed Francis cardinal George whose term has expired. Most pundits and ecclesial commentators strongly predicted Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson would be elected to succed Cardinal George on Tuesday, November 16, 2010. In response to what they considered a foregone conclusion, a portion of the Catholic blogosphere was preparing to respond with anything but glowing acclamation. Then, a surprise of the Holy Spirit occurred,...
  • New Catholic Bishops President Chided Biden, Pelosi on Abortion

    11/16/2010 8:35:11 AM PST · by julieee · 11 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | November 16, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    New Catholic Bishops President Chided Biden, Pelosi on Abortion Baltimore, MD -- The nation's Catholic bishops broke with precedent that normally sees the vice-president move up the ranks to become the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Instead, they went with the archbishop of New York, who has taken on pro-abortion politicians like Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi. http://LifeNews.com/nat-6854
  • Archbishop Burke's Epic Speech

    10/19/2010 4:45:12 PM PDT · by schmootman · 6 replies
    RealCatholicTV.com ^ | 10/19/10 | Michael Voris
    The recent speech given by Archbishop Raymond Burke continues to send shockwaves through the Catholic world. More than a few bishops must be feeling very uncomfortable. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se7qRZnCSbs
  • A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death

    09/24/2010 3:01:29 PM PDT · by Catholic Examiner · 32 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 09/24/2010 | Joe Speranzella
    Regarding concern over yesterday's execution of Teresa Lewis I have posted some links to a video and study guide. Please watch the video. Thanks, bro Joe
  • Catholic Bishops Say FDA Betrayed Women Approving Ella Abortion Drug

    08/23/2010 10:07:00 AM PDT · by julieee · 3 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | August 23, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Catholic Bishops Say FDA Betrayed Women Approving Ella Abortion Drug Washington, DC -- A spokeswoman for the nation's Catholic bishops says the Food and Drug administration betrayed women when it approved the unproven and little-researched Ella abortion drug. The Ella pill is hailed as an improved morning after pill but it causes abortions because it begins working after conception. http://LifeNews.com/nat6650.html
  • Catholic Bishops: Don't Turn Military Hospitals in Abortion Centers

    06/29/2010 2:26:21 PM PDT · by julieee · 6 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | June 29, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Catholic Bishops: Don't Turn Military Hospitals in Abortion Centers Washington, DC -- The nation's Catholic bishops have a message for members of Congress: don't turn American taxpayer-funded military base hospitals into abortion centers. They are oppose language in a Senate bill that would overturn the ban on abortions at the approximately 250 military base hospitals. http://LifeNews.com/nat6478.html
  • Catholic Bishops Leave Coalition Group Backing Pro-Abortion Elena Kagan

    05/20/2010 9:21:29 AM PDT · by julieee · 6 replies · 225+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | May 20, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Catholic Bishops Leave Coalition Group Backing Pro-Abortion Elena Kagan Washington, DC -- The nation's Catholic bishops have left a coalition of organizations that recently endorsed the Supreme Court nomination of pro-abortion Solicitor General Elena Kagan. The Coalition for Constitutional Values is running a television and Internet commercial praising President Barack Obama's selection. http://LifeNews.com/nat6349.html
  • The Pfleger-ization of the Catholic Church

    04/09/2010 6:48:50 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 49 replies · 908+ views
    CNSNews ^ | April 9, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    So much that you need to know about the Catholic Church’s social policy problems can be summed up in one word: Chicago. On race, abortion, guns, immigration and “community organizing,” Catholic Church officials in the Windy City have forged unholy alliances with radical left-wingers and enablers who undermine the faith—and the faithful. Exhibit A: the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Racial Justice and one of its most notorious priests, the Rev. Michael Pfleger. This week, Chicago Cardinal Francis George—who also happens to be president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops—presided over a gala ceremony honoring Pfleger with a “lifetime...
  • New Catholic Bishops Memo: Abortion in Health Care Despite Obama Order

    03/30/2010 1:27:58 PM PDT · by julieee · 22 replies · 777+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | March 30, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    New Catholic Bishops Memo: Abortion in Health Care Despite Obama Order Washington, DC -- The nation's Catholic bishops have released a new detailed legal memorandum analyzing both the health care bill President Barack Obama signed into law and the executive order he issued. The memo says abortion funding is still present in the new law despite the executive order. http://LifeNews.com/nat6210.html
  • Catholic Bishops Launch Newspaper Ads Attacking Pro-Abortion Health Care Bill

    03/18/2010 10:58:54 AM PDT · by julieee · 5 replies · 223+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | March 19, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Catholic Bishops Launch Newspaper Ads Attacking Pro-Abortion Health Care Bill Washington, DC -- The nation's Catholic bishops have launched a slew of newspaper ads criticizing the pro-abortion Senate health care bill. Their renewed effort to defeat the legislation and its abortion funding and promotion comes as dissident Catholic groups are confusing House members into supporting the bill. http://www.LifeNews.com/nat6143.html
  • Catholic Bishops Urge No Vote on Senate Health Care Bill Over Abortion Funding

    03/15/2010 10:35:24 AM PDT · by julieee · 22 replies · 517+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | March 15, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Catholic Bishops Urge No Vote on Senate Health Care Bill Over Abortion Funding Washington, DC -- In an updated action alert millions of Catholics received this weekend, the nations Catholic bishops restated their opposition to the Senate health care bill over abortion. With the House considering the bill this week and procedural maneuvers to approve it, their opposition could become a deciding factor. http://www.LifeNews.com/nat6118.html
  • Join the Reform CCHD Now Coalition

    02/12/2010 9:13:47 AM PST · by schmootman · 174+ views
    Reform CCHD Now Coalition ^ | 2/12/10 | schmootman
    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is actively betraying the faith, persisting in supporting anti-Catholic groups. Sadly, the USCCB has become an arm of the Democratic Party. Time for us lay Catholics to stand up and be counted. Join the Reform CCHD Now Coalition today!
  • Catholic Bishops Activate 19,000 Churches to Stop Abortion in Health Care

    01/11/2010 10:15:43 AM PST · by julieee · 8 replies · 380+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | January 11, 2010 | steven ertelt
    Catholic Bishops Activate 19,000 Churches to Stop Abortion in Health Care Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The nation's Catholic bishops have activated nearly 19,000 churches across the country to stand up to efforts in Congress to force Americans to pay for abortions under a government-run health care bill. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' effort could have a dramatic effect. http://www.LifeNews.com/nat5863.html
  • Thank you Catholic Bishops! New Catacombs Call for New Catholic Action

    12/10/2009 4:24:39 AM PST · by tcg · 5 replies · 420+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 12/10/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Following the "tabling” of the Pro-Life Amendment to the Health Care Reform Bill, Catholic Bishops are speaking out. The tabling ensures that if this version of the Health Care Reform Bill is signed by President Obama Federal funds will be used to kill children in the womb. It would be called “Health Care” when, at least that portion of it used for abortion, would actually be infanticide. Imagine if “Health Care” in the United States of America included payment for killing two year olds at the request of one of their parents, with tax dollars! There is no moral difference....
  • Catholic Bishops Vote to Reaffirm Food and Water for Coma Patients

    11/18/2009 12:44:13 PM PST · by julieee · 1 replies · 186+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | November 18, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Catholic Bishops Vote to Reaffirm Food and Water for Coma Patients Baltimore, MD -- The nation's Catholic bishops have agreed to strengthen the requirement that Catholic hospitals give food and water to comatose or patients in a so-called "vegetative" state. The move drew praise and support from the family of Terri Schiavo, whose former husband killed in her by removing her nutrition. http://www.LifeNews.com/bio3001.html
  • No Compromise on Protecting Life in ‘Health Care Reform’

    11/17/2009 2:53:33 AM PST · by tcg · 8 replies · 742+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 11/17/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    ...In the past I have grown angry with Chris Matthews, who is a practicing Catholic, because he has failed to defend the fundamental human right to life. However, in this discussion he took the position that the Stupak amendment - named after the faithful Catholic Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak who co-authored the amendment in the House - would end up causing the defeat of the legislation because there would be no compromise possible over the issue of funding abortion. Interestingly, he compared the current situation to the period just preceding the Civil War in the United States. He drew the...
  • More Quote Malpractice...(Fraud! Journalistic Skulduggery Exposed re Bishops and Health Reform Bill)

    11/12/2009 8:05:19 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 39 replies · 1,231+ views
    GetReligion.org ^ | November 12, 2009 | Mollie (M. Z> Hemingway)
    [Do] Catholics or, specifically, the Catholic Conference of Bishops, endorse the Democrats’ health care bill? Hardly. And yet that’s what the Los Angeles Times claimed in a story written by reporter Kim Geiger. [snip] "The compromise won immediate support from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which urged Catholics to 'lend their full-throated support to the Democrats’ healthcare bill. 'The bishops’ stamp of approval means that this bill is unambiguously pro-life and we will vigorously oppose those who suggest otherwise,' the conference said in a statement Saturday." Well, that’s pretty unambiguous. Except it’s also completely untrue. The Conference of Catholic...
  • House makes deal on abortion

    11/08/2009 3:47:41 AM PST · by Scanian · 31 replies · 952+ views
    NY Post ^ | November 8, 2009 | GEOFF EARLE
    WASHINGTON -- Last night's historic health-care legislation included a major compromise: a ban on federally funded abortion under a new government-run plan. Conservative Democrats proposed the amendment, which passed, 240-194, late Friday as a way to break the impasse on the bill. Last night, 64 Democrats joined 176 Republicans in supporting the measure. "The members on this issue have to be able to vote their conscience," said Rep. Bart Stupak, who proposed the amendment, which bars any woman who receives federal subsidies to help cover insurance costs from having an abortion under the plan.
  • US bishops conference mounts late drive against 'unacceptable' health-care reform

    10/30/2009 10:44:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies · 1,213+ views
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | 10-29-09 | US Bishops
    US bishops conference mounts late drive against 'unacceptable' health-care reform October 29, 2009 The US bishops' conference is mounting a late drive to secure passage of a pro-life amendment to the health-care reform bill. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is asking pastors all across the country to include an insert in their weekly bulletins, urging parishioners to call their Congressional representatives and encourage a vote for a pro-life amendment. The USCCB's pro-life office has indicated that it will press bishops to promote the dissemination of these bulletin inserts. The insert exhorts parishioners to act immediately. "Congressional votes may...
  • Catholic Bishops Threaten To Oppose Obamacare Bills

    10/08/2009 4:13:29 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 2 replies · 271+ views
    ABC News/The Lid ^ | 10/8/09 | The Lid
    The Catholic Bishops handling Obamacare for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops are not happy with the bills before the Senate, and promise to work against the bill if it is not changed. Sent by Bishop William Murphy, Cardinal Justin Rigali and Bishop John Wester, a letter was sent today outlining their concerns: “that no one should be forced to pay for or participate in abortion, that health care should be affordable and available to the poor and vulnerable, and that the needs of legal immigrants should be met.”
  • (Catholic) Bishops Wrong: Health Care Not a Right

    07/30/2009 6:36:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies · 1,198+ views
    Human Events ^ | 7/29/2009 | Rev. Michael P. Orsi
    Recently, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development released a statement made to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate stating that “health care is not a privilege but a right and a requirement to protect the life and dignity of each person.” They couldn’t be more wrong. The Committee that composed the document obviously supports President Obama’s desire for national health care reform (with the caveat that taxpayers should not be forced to pay for abortions). National health care reform is a political issue. People of goodwill can be for it...
  • Notre Dame's Obama invite riles Catholic bishops (Mass of Reparation to be celebrated)

    05/02/2009 2:37:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 872+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/2/09 | Eric Gorski - ap
    This coming week, Bishop Thomas Wenski of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orlando, Fla., will take the unusual step of celebrating a Mass of Reparation, to make amends for sins against God. The motivation: to provide an outlet for Catholics upset with what Wenski calls the University of Notre Dame's "clueless" decision to invite President Barack Obama to speak at its commencement and receive an honorary doctorate May 17. The nation's flagship Catholic university's honoring of a politician whose abortion rights record clashes with a fundamental church teaching has triggered a reaction among the nation's Catholic bishops that is remarkable...
  • Archbishop Joseph Naumann Speaks on Governor Sebelius Appointment

    03/05/2009 4:32:46 PM PST · by tcg · 24 replies · 815+ views
    I am also concerned personally for Governor Sebelius. Her appointment as Secretary for HHS places her in a position where she will have to make many decisions that will in all probability continue her personal involvement in promoting legalized abortion and her cooperation in this intrinsic evil. "I am also concerned that the appointment of Governor Sebelius places another Catholic supporting legalized abortion in a prominent national position. She joins Vice-President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and unfortunately a host of Catholic Senators and members of the House of Representatives who support legalized abortion contrary to the clear and...
  • Bishop Paul Loverde's Bold Defense of Life, 'Arrest me'

    12/02/2008 4:20:54 PM PST · by tcg · 13 replies · 759+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 12/03/08 | Kathleen Gilbert
    Bishop Paul Loverde of the diocese of Arlington weighed in on the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) last week, saying that if he oversaw a Catholic hospital he would neither close the facility nor allow it to perform abortions if FOCA were to become law. “I would say, ‘Yeah, I’m not going to close the hospital, you’re going to arrest me, go right ahead," Bishop Loverde told a group of mostly young adults at a diocesan event, according to a CNS report.
  • Catholic bishops plan to forcefully confront Obama (And Catholic hospitals could close under FOCA)

    11/18/2008 8:14:45 PM PST · by Sun · 19 replies · 549+ views
    Chicagotribune.com ^ | November 11, 2008 | Manya Brachear
    "There are grave consequences," Paprocki said in an interview. "If Catholic hospitals were required by federal law to perform abortions, we'd have to close our hospitals." "I don't think I'm being alarmist," Paprocki told the bishops. George agreed that losing federal funds would put Catholic health care facilities, which make up a third of the nation's hospitals, out of business. Closing Catholic hospitals would put many patients seeking charitable care from those facilities at risk, he added. In crafting the statement to Obama, the bishops urged the cardinal to indicate a desire to work with the administration in areas of...
  • US Conference of Catholic Bishops Cuts Funding for ACORN

    11/12/2008 10:42:32 PM PST · by MountainLoop · 13 replies · 911+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | November 12, 2008 | Michael Paulson
    BALTIMORE - The US Conference of Catholic Bishops is permanently cutting off all funding for ACORN in the wake of an embezzlement scandal and allegations of voter registration fraud and political partisanship. The national nonprofit, with more than 1,200 local affiliates, attempts to organize low-income people to advocate for improvement in their communities. Bishop Roger P. Morin of New Orleans said yesterday that the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, an antipoverty program run by the bishops' conference, decided that it could no longer be certain of ACORN's integrity or accountability. The bishops had been giving $1.1 million a year to...
  • Americans United Asks the IRS to Investigate Bishop Serratelli

    10/23/2008 7:07:59 PM PDT · by tcg · 29 replies · 545+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 10/24/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    “Americans United for the Separation of Church and State” has formally requested the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the Roman Catholic Bishop of Paterson, N.J., the Most Reverend Arthur Serratelli. I believe this is their first volley in a concerted effort to silence Catholic Bishops. They want to prevent them from teaching the unchangeable Moral Truth, revealed in the Natural Law and confirmed by medical science, that the child in the first home of the whole human race is one of us and that every procured abortion constitutes an intrinsically evil act because it is the taking of innocent human...
  • Texas Bishops Face Protests from Pro-Abortion Catholics

    10/16/2008 7:21:41 PM PDT · by tcg · 19 replies · 519+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 10/17/08 | Deal W. Hudson
    When is the last time a bishop's statement on abortion resulted in several days of protest from pro-abortion Catholics? The joint statement issued last Friday by Bishop Kevin Vann of Fort Worth and Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas has done just that. No doubt the forceful clarity of the bishops' message elicited the outcry. The protests began on Sunday when the statement was read from the pulpit by Rev. Tony Ruiz, pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in downtown Dallas. Some two-dozen parishioners walked out and went to the local media to lodge their complaints about "political endorsements." The next...
  • Texas Bishops on Voting as 'Faithful Citizens'

    10/12/2008 1:56:21 PM PDT · by tcg · 5 replies · 355+ views
    we cannot make more clear the seriousness of the overriding issue of abortion – while not the "only issue" – it is the defining moral issue, not only today, but of the last 35 years. Since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, more than 48 million innocent lives have been lost. Each year in our nation more than one million lives are lost through legalized abortion. Countless other lives are also lost through embryonic stem cell research. In the coming months our nation will once again elect our political leaders. This electoral cycle affords us an opportunity to promote...
  • U. S. CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS DELEGATION TO THE BORDER REGION (Pro-Amnesty, of course)

    11/07/2007 9:14:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies · 256+ views
    Justice for Immigrants ^ | November 2007 | US Conference of Catholic Bishops
    The USCCB Committee on Migration sent a delegation to the U.S./Mexico border region to study the plight of unaccompanied minors and human trafficking victims. The ever-growing problems with these populations are some of the gravest and many times most overlooked symptoms of the broken and out-dated immigration system currently employed by the United States. The delegation met with a broad cross-section of agencies and individuals involved with or knowledgeable of these populations to gain critical insights and to understand their needs. The delegation also met with Church officials, government officials, community-based organization, and other with important perspectives. Programs established to...
  • USCCB's new Director of Public Policy an abortion advacate

    09/14/2007 8:08:41 AM PDT · by Balt · 49 replies · 1,221+ views
    The Priestly Pugilist ^ | 7/14/07 | Priestly Pugilist
    09:49 AM 9/14/2007 - First, read this press release from the USCCB web site (hat-tip to the ever-vigilant Diogenes): WASHINGTON (September 13, 2007)—Kathy Saile, a church advocate with a decade of experience in Catholic social ministry and Washington policy work, has been named Director of Domestic Policy for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). She starts her new position in October. Since August 2004, Saile has been Associate Director of Public Policy for Lutheran Services in America (USA), in Washington. Previous positions include Director of the Office of Peace and Justice, Catholic Social Service of Central and Northern...
  • WHY DID CATHOLIC PORTUGAL LEGALIZE ABORTION?

    03/24/2007 7:38:43 AM PDT · by mborman · 50 replies · 1,084+ views
    The American TFP ^ | 3/24/2007 | Staff
    It is almost certain that Portugal will join the list of Catholic countries that have legalized abortion. After an inexpressive referendum, the socialist government presented a projected bill that was approved by the Portuguese Parliament on March 8. Only an unlikely veto by President Cavaco Silva, regarded as a conservative, can prevent the bill from becoming law. The sad part is that the Portuguese Catholic bishops avoided throwing the full weight of their prestige onto the scale in a country with an absolute Catholic majority. During the abortion referendum, the bishops took a non-confrontational attitude. They simply recalled documents and...
  • Polish Bishops: Defense of Marriage Isn't "Homophobia"; Reject Europarliament Resolution

    02/09/2006 8:12:15 AM PST · by dukeman · 15 replies · 499+ views
    Zenit.org ^ | 2/3/06
    WARSAW, Poland-- The bishops of Poland issued a statement against the European Parliament resolution that labels as "homophobic" countries that do not recognize same-sex unions. The nonbinding resolution, passed Jan. 18, violates the autonomy of states and puts at risk the freedom of conscience of the citizenry, say the bishops of Poland at the end of the conference's plenary assembly. The resolution, the bishops say in their statement, published Tuesday, "rightly rejects the attitudes of discrimination, ridicule and violence against persons with homosexual orientation." "Concurrently, however, through an urge directed to the governments of member states to revise their legislation...
  • McCain guest worker plan gets national support (We the voters have lost)

    01/23/2006 7:32:54 AM PST · by devane617 · 133 replies · 1,839+ views
    The Phoenix Business Journal ^ | 10/22/2006 | Mike Sunnucks
    Arizona business and political backers of a guest worker program for immigrants wishing to work in the U.S. are getting some top-level backing. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is teaming with top labor unions, other business interests and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in support of a guest worker program and legal way for undocumented workers already in the U.S. to stay in the country. Arizona Sen. John McCain and Congressmen Jeff Flake and Jim Kolbe, as well as the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry, are top pushers of a controversial guest worker program. Joining the U.S. Chamber...
  • Catholic bishops take campaign against stem cell research to the pulpit

    11/25/2005 7:19:43 PM PST · by Coleus · 9 replies · 636+ views
    Missouri Roman Catholics who attend Mass Sunday can expect to hear a homily against embryonic stem cell research and a statewide petition drive aimed at allowing Missourians to vote on a constitutional amendment to protect the research. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that the Catholic church is using the first Sunday of Advent to launch a campaign aimed at keeping Catholics from signing the petition, and to teach them the Catholic view of the issue. The Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, which includes business interests, universities and patient groups, announced the petition in October. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan...
  • If I Should Die Before I Wake, I Pray The Lord My Soul To Take

    10/16/2005 3:30:53 PM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 3 replies · 371+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 10/16/05 | Purple Mountains
    The terrible deaths made possible by modern medical advances necessitate a change in thinking about the ethics of assisted suicide. These days, despite my conservative nature and my firm support for him on most matters, I seem to be disagreeing with President Bush on several fronts: the Terry Schiavo case, illegal immigration, the pouring of money down the drain in New Orleans, and now, assisted suicide. Over 15 years ago, as I watched my mother’s health and body deteriorate and the likelihood of a very painful death process looming, I turned to the Hemlock Society and purchased the book, “Final...
  • Catholic Bishops Launch Major Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty

    03/23/2005 12:34:45 PM PST · by siunevada · 88 replies · 795+ views
    USCCB ^ | March 21, 2005 | USCCB staff
    Groundbreaking Zogby Poll Demonstrates Dramatic Rise in Catholic Opposition to Use of the Death Penalty WASHINGTON (March 21, 2005)—The U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops today launched a Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, declared, “We cannot teach that killing is wrong by killing. We cannot defend life by taking life.” Speaking at the National Press Club on behalf of the U.S. bishops’ conference, Cardinal McCarrick said, “The Catholic campaign will work to change the debate and decisions on the use of the death penalty: building a constituency for life,...
  • Florida Bishops plead for the life of criminals but not for Terri

    03/23/2005 7:54:56 AM PST · by MI · 22 replies · 450+ views
    Dioces of St. Petersburg, FL. ^ | Bishop Robert N. Lynch
    In 1999 the Bishops of Florida pleaded with Jeb Bush for the lifes of 2 murderers. STATEMENT ON AN OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNOR JEB BUSH URGING COMMUTATION OF DEATH SENTENCES FOR THOMAS H. PROVENZANO AND ALLEN LEE DAVISNow the Bishop of St. Petersburg "contrary to statements from the Vatican" have washed his hands of Terri's death claiming that "it is time to allow the Lord to call a loved one (Terri) to Himself" Statement of Bishop Robert N. LynchThe bishops of Florida have once again addressed the issue of the withdrawal of the artificial feeding tube from Terri Schiavo. As...
  • Fury as bishop says no to gay teachers in Catholic schools

    03/20/2005 7:14:14 PM PST · by NCjim · 24 replies · 1,084+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | March 21, 2005 | HAMISH MACDONELL
    THE Catholic Church risked isolation last night after it emerged that senior churchmen want to bar homosexual teachers from Catholic schools. Politicians, local government and parent groups all warned against discrimination when a senior bishop insisted that the church’s new charter for schools would prevent gay teachers from securing jobs in Catholic schools or gaining promotion if already employed. Bishop Joseph Devine, president of the Catholic Education Commission, said the church’s blueprint for its schools - A Charter for Catholic Schools - made it clear that homosexuality was incompatible with Catholic education. He said in an interview: "Being homosexual would...
  • Al-Qaeda Targets Phillipino Churches

    03/20/2005 9:04:17 AM PST · by bloggodocio · 6 replies · 392+ views
    AFP, Manila ^ | 3/20/05
    Abu Sayyaf bomb threat unsettles Filipino churches AFP , MANILA Sunday, Mar 20, 2005 Churches in the Philippines tightened security yesterday after a warning was received that al-Qaeda-aligned extremists were planning bomb attacks in revenge for the killing of their leaders in a prison uprising, officials said. Additional staff, including security guards, had been posted at major churches to check on suspicious people, said Monsignor Hernando Coronel, secretary-general of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. Coronel said churches would have only one exit and entry point so that people could be checked, in response to the warning issued by...
  • Bishop won't allow funeral for club owner

    03/18/2005 9:01:01 AM PST · by It's me · 458 replies · 4,042+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | March 18, 2005 | By Alex Roth
    The owner of a popular local nightclub with a gay clientele can't have a funeral in the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego because the church has deemed his business "inconsistent with Catholic moral teaching." None of the 98 Catholic churches in San Diego or Imperial counties will be allowed to provide services for Club Montage owner John McCusker as a result of the decision by San Diego Bishop Robert Brom. Advertisement McCusker, 31, died Sunday of congestive heart failure while vacationing in Mammoth, his family said. The bishop made the decision three days later after learning that McCusker's family...
  • Catholic Bishops Begin Broad Campaign To End Death Penalty

    03/20/2005 8:41:42 AM PST · by bloggodocio · 21 replies · 503+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 3/20/05 | Michael Paulson
    The Roman Catholic bishops of the United States plan tomorrow to launch what they are calling a major campaign to end the use of the death penalty. The bishops, according to an aide, have been emboldened by two recent Supreme Court decisions limiting executions, and by polling that they say shows a dramatic increase in opposition to capital punishment among Catholic Americans. Their campaign, which is to be announced by Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick at a news conference in Washington, is to include legislative action, legal advocacy, educational work, and a new website to be named www.ccedp.org, for the Catholic...