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  • Democrats Alarmed Over USCCB Pressure on Obama over Contraceptive Coverage

    11/21/2011 2:05:40 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    RD Magazine ^ | November 21, 2011 | SARAH POSNER
    As I reported last week, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched a campaign to expand the concept of "religious liberty," a move intended in part to exempt Catholic and other religious organizations from legal requirements, or, put another way, to permit Catholic organizations to discriminate based on religious belief. One key example of late is the USCCB's complaint that the Department of Health and Human Services' refusal to grant it a contract to provide services to sex trafficking victims was a case of religious discrimination. USCCB will not refer sex trafficking victims for reproductive health services, a requirement of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Catholic Bishops Push to Keep Religious Issues at Heart of 2012 Race

    11/18/2011 10:49:26 PM PST · by topher · 13 replies ^ | Nov 18, 2012 | By Lauren Green
    [first paragraph omitted -- so that useful paragraphs might be excerpted...] ... The shepherds of America's 65 million Roman Catholics met this week for their fall conference, where the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops created a new Committee for Religious Liberty. Father William E. Lori, bishop for Bridgeport, Conn., and chairman of the new group, told the assembled men of the cloth that "there is no religious liberty if we are not free to express our faith in the public square and if we are not free to act on that faith." The church has been embroiled in several skirmishes...
  • Penn State scandal "opens wound" in Catholic Church

    11/14/2011 2:29:06 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 14, 2011 | Jason Tomassini
    (Reuters) - The top U.S. Catholic bishop said on Monday that a child sex abuse scandal at Penn State University "opens a wound" within the church, which remains scarred from its own similar controversies and cover-ups. "We know what you're going through," Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, told a news conference in Baltimore where hundreds of bishops have gathered for their national meeting. Dolan declined to offer advice to Penn State University on how to deal with its scandal, because the church "has not been a good example of how...
  • Senate requests details on HHS denial of grant to (Catholic) bishops

    11/14/2011 12:56:31 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | November 12, 2011 | Michelle BAUMAN
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Washington D.C., Nov 12, 2011 / 07:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Twenty-seven U.S. senators requested information on how the Department of Health and Human Services graded applicants for anti-trafficking grants and asked why the U.S. bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services was denied one.CNA obtained a copy of a Nov. 9 letter—signed by legislators including Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)—which gives department secretary Kathleen Sebelius until Nov. 18 to ensure that the department respected the bishops' conscience rights “and did not violate current law in awarding this grant.”The senators...
  • Catholic Church must renew its appeal, Archbishop Dolan tells conference

    11/14/2011 12:50:34 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    cna ^ | November 14, 2011 | Michelle BAUMAN
    Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan speaks at the fall General Assembly on Nov. 14, 2011 Baltimore, Md., Nov 14, 2011 / 01:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops must work to “renew the appeal of the Church,” which has wounds, like Christ did, said Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan in his first presidential address to the bishops' conference.“Christ and his Church are one,” said Archbishop Dolan. “Perhaps, brethren, our most pressing pastoral challenge today is to reclaim that truth.”Archbishop Dolan gave his first presidential address to the United States bishops at their three-day fall General Assembly in Baltimore on Nov. 14....
  • For U.S. bishops, economic justice isn't on the agenda

    11/14/2011 6:24:41 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | Noivember 14, 2011 | Francis X. Doyle
    The U.S. bishops' relative silence contrasts with a recent Vatican document that urges stronger regulation of the financial sector and a more just distribution of wealth. Urging reforms to the left of even the most liberal Democrat in Congress, the Vatican spoke in stark terms about a global financial system that is unhinged from moral values. It's a thoughtful critique of free-market fundamentalism, in keeping with centuries of Catholic teaching as articulated by several popes. A Vatican cardinal even acknowledged that the "basic sentiment" behind the Occupy Wall Street movement aligns with Catholic values on the need for ethical corporate...
  • Obama meets quietly with head of U.S. bishops (Archbishop Dolan)

    11/13/2011 11:26:33 AM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    NC Reporter ^ | November 12, 2011 | Michael Sean Winters
    President Obama met quietly with New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan Nov. 8, the White House has confirmed. Dolan is the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The men discussed a range of issues related to the often complicated and recently fractious relationship between the administration and the U.S. church hierarchy. A spokesperson for the USCCB declined to confirm or deny the meeting. The meeting came in advance of next week’s plenary meeting of the USCCB in Baltimore at which the bishops will discuss their new ad hoc committee on religious liberty. It was sandwiched between two of President...
  • Important New CCHD Watchdog Group -- Better Catholic Giving

    11/11/2011 5:10:12 AM PST · by schmootman · 10 replies
    WHAT BCG DOES BETTER CATHOLIC GIVING (BCG) is committed to go beyond important, but limited web-based investigations and just settling for the 'company line' from the CCHD gatekeepers at the USCCB and local (arch)diocesan offices. Their answers haven't sufficed. Hitting the pavement - The BCG will be paying surprise visits to many of the most questionable CCHD-funded organizations, and report our findings right here at the Better Catholic Giving web site. Whenever possible, we will also seek out people who are 'helped' through these CCHD-funded groups to see if they are really 'breaking the cycle of poverty'. This is our...
  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development -- Reform or Bust

    11/10/2011 7:36:13 AM PST · by schmootman · 1 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 11/9/11 | Rey Flores
    For many years now, Catholics across America have been asked by their local parishes to contribute to a variety of causes, mostly to help the less fortunate. As Catholics we are called to live the gospel and to practice the corporal works of mercy. This includes aiding those who are in need of basic necessities: from food and shelter to clothing and education. The Catholic Church is indeed the largest charitable organization on the planet. While many Catholic charitable activities have done and continue to do good work on behalf of the poor, there are a number of specific efforts...
  • Judie Brown Responds to CCHD Flim-Flam Man

    11/10/2011 7:24:50 AM PST · by schmootman · 2 replies
    American Life League ^ | 11/9/11 | Judie Brown
    Imagine buying an apple from an orchard, biting into it, and discovering that the apple is full of worms. You’d be upset, wouldn’t you? In fact, you’d probably take the apple to the farmer, point out that the apple is full of worms, show him your receipt, and ask for a refund. Now imagine that instead of making amends, the farmer started telling you about how his staff is thoroughly committed to picking only the best apples and that his orchard has a rigorous policy in place to make sure that apples with worms are not sold from his orchard....
  • Breaking Bad Liturgical Habits (Catholic Caucus)

    11/05/2011 11:56:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 4, 2011 | George WEIGEL
     The long-awaited introduction of the new translation of the Roman Missal on November 27, the First Sunday of Advent, offers the Church in the Anglophere an opportunity to reflect on the riches of the liturgy, its biblical vocabulary, and its virtually inexhaustible storehouse of images. Much of that vocabulary, and a great many of those images, were lost under the “dynamic equivalence” theory of translation; they have now been restored under the “formal equivalence” method of translating. Over the next years and decades, the Catholic Church will be reminded of just what a treasure-house of wonders the liturgy is.At the...
  • Moral Theologian Reviews CCHD Grants

    11/02/2011 7:15:45 AM PDT · by schmootman · 18 replies ^ | October 13, 2011 | W. H. Marshner, STD
    Dr. William H. Marshner, professor of Theology at Christendom College, thoroughly reviewed the contents of this report on grants fron the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Dr. Marshner's list of accomplishments and credentials can be found here:
  • Social Injustice -- The New Michael Voris Video on CCHD Corruption

    11/02/2011 6:51:23 AM PDT · by schmootman · 8 replies ^ | Nonember 1, 2011 | Michael Voris
    Under the pretense of fighting poverty and injustice, the USCCB-run Catholic Campaign for Human Development has disfigured Catholic Social teaching to make it nothing more than a tool to help promote sexual immorality and Communism.
  • CARA suggests polls on creation of a third party: Christian Democrats

    10/26/2011 11:02:24 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 17 replies
    God Discussion ^ | October 26, 2011 | Dakota O'Leary
    The 1964 blog is a research blog for the Center for Applied Research on the Apostolate, a Catholic organization out of Georgetown University.   They are suggesting the creation of a third political party to be called "Christian Democrats:" CARA has been in the news recently regarding results from a survey about American Catholics’ awareness and use of the U.S. Bishops’ Faithful Citizenship document (these CARA Catholic Poll questions were commissioned by Fordham's Center on Religion and Culture). Regrettably, these results indicate that few Catholics were aware of or used Faithful Citizenship in 2008. It’s a shame because it is an...
  • The Broken Path: How the Catholic Bishops got lost in the weeds of American politics.

    10/26/2011 6:38:15 AM PDT · by schmootman · 10 replies ^ | 11/19/11 | Judie Brown
    Appointed twice by Pope John Paul II and again by Pope Benedict XVI to the Pontifical Academy for Life, renowned pro-life leader Judie Brown's bold new book The Broken Path reveals the political intrigue and challenges faced by and at times caused by the hierarchy of America's Catholic Church. After five years of exhaustive research, whether heaping praise or burning coals, The Broken Path makes clear not only what can be done, but what must be done to restore our nation's character, to return our society to a Culture of Life, and to reclaim both the Church and country that...
  • The Flim-Flam Bishops Strike Again

    10/26/2011 4:49:59 AM PDT · by schmootman · 5 replies
    Spero News ^ | 10/11/11 | Stephanie Block
    “Substance” ought to be meaty. Against the 210 pages of a report issued by American Life League (ALL)[i] documenting scores of Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) grantees that violate, in one form or another, CCHD’s own grant guidelines, CCHD issued a page-long press release[ii] and an accompanying one-page “enclosure.” [iii] The fact that this preemptive rebuttal was issued on September 28, 2011, several days before the ALL Report was released on October 3, 2011, may account for the paucity of its self-defense but, then again, it may not. As we have done with prior CCHD communications, here is a...
  • Immigrant advocates praise California governor for action on DREAM Act [incl. Archbishop Gomez]

    10/11/2011 5:46:54 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    The Catholic Review ^ | Oct 10, 2011 | Catholic News Service
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles and immigrant advocate groups praised Gov. Jerry Brown for signing into law the rest of the California DREAM Act, allowing undocumented students who have graduated from a California high school to apply for state financial aid to attend college at a state school. Brown signed the first half of the measure in July to make immigrant students attending California State University, California community colleges or the University of California eligible, on or after Jan. 1, 2012, to receive scholarships and loans from private funds. Brown announced Oct. 8 he had...
  • Catholic bishops issue 2012 voter guidance

    10/05/2011 10:40:12 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    York Daily Record ^ | 10/05/2011 | RACHEL ZOLL/AP York Daily Record reprint of an AP story.
  • Catholic Bishops' Debauchery Continues

    10/05/2011 8:18:57 AM PDT · by schmootman · 6 replies
    Spero News ^ | October 4, 2011 | Stephanie Block
    Catholic Campaign on Human Development: The American Life League Report on links to abortion groups Part 3 in a series by investigative journalist Stephanie Block on the involvement of Catholic bishops with leftist and pro-abortion groups. In a long and lengthening list of frustrations over the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), one certainly has to be its response to criticism. For 40 years, this “charity” has – deliberately on the part of some folks – hidden its primary objectives and misrepresented its critics. Then, when public outcry has grown too strident, it has staged mock “reforms.” The most recent...
  • Citing Obama administration actions, US bishops establish religious liberty committee

    10/03/2011 2:28:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | October 3, 2011 | Diogenes
    Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, citing recent actions taken by the Obama administration, has announced that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is forming an Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. “This basic right, in its many and varied applications for Christians and people of faith, is now increasingly and in unprecedented ways under assault in America,” Archbishop Dolan, the USCCB president, said in a letter to his brother bishops. “The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued regulations that would mandate the coverage of contraception (including abortifacients) and sterilization in all private health...
  • No reform in sight yet for the CCHD

    09/29/2011 6:06:54 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    EnerPub ^ | Janet Baker | Janet Baker
    After the nation’s Catholic bishops were embarrassed by the very public scandals of ACORN, they vowed to reform the CCHD’s grant-making process.  The ostensible aim was to ensure that recipients of Catholic monies did not engage in activities inimical to Catholic moral principles, or partner with other organizations that engage in such contrary practices.   We were subsequently assured afterwards that the necessary steps had been taken to preserve the integrity of our Catholic donations.  Sadly there is cause to doubt the efficacy of such reforms – if indeed it can be said that such reforms actually existed.  I’d suggest to...
  • [Canadian Catholic] Bishops’ social justice message targets youth

    09/28/2011 9:45:42 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    The Catholic Register ^ | 28 September 2011 | Deborah Gyapong
    OTTAWA - The Canadian Catholic bishops have issued a message on social justice to young Catholics encouraging them to commit themselves to building a “more just and joyful society.” In a message released Sept. 22, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Commission for Justice and Peace urged young Catholics to participate in furthering the “Millennium objectives for development.” “The Catholic Church shares all of humanity’s common quest for peace and happiness, and supports efforts of individuals and groups working to eradicate poverty, illness, injustice, inequality, human rights violations and environmental exploitation,” says the Message to Young Catholics on Social Justice....
  • USCCB urges Catholics to lobby on behalf of anti-poverty programs [lobby the Super Committee]

    09/27/2011 9:52:46 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 59 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | September 27, 2011
    The Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is urging Catholics to lobby on behalf of anti-poverty programs by contacting members of the congressional “super committee” charged with the task of reducing the federal deficit. “Tell the Deficit ‘Super Committee’ and your members of Congress that rising poverty at home and abroad requires them to protect programs that serve poor and vulnerable people,” the USCCB action alert states. The action alert continues: The Census Bureau recently reported that the number of people living in poverty in this country increased to over...
  • Is the Catholic Campaign for Human Development funding the Culture of Death?

    09/27/2011 8:32:04 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 10 replies
    Spero News ^ | September 27, 2011 | Stephanie Block
    After more than 40 years of the (Catholic) Campaign for Human Development’s preaching about the need for systemic change, we get it. If we want a world in which the dignity of every human person is respected, from the moment of conception until natural death, the “system” under which we live has to be reordered. Pope John Paul II called this present system a “culture of death” and that’s a good name for an entire fabric of institutions and programs that take it for granted that certain humans are invisible and dispensable. The most dispensable among us are the children...
  • Archbishop Dolan: [Catholic] Clergy Should Speak Out About Unemployment and Poverty

    09/21/2011 5:54:34 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 23 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 09/20/2011 | EWTN News
    WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—Bishops and other Catholic clergy should speak about unemployment and poverty in their homilies, U.S. bishops’ conference president Archbishop Timothy Dolan said Sept. 19. “Widespread unemployment, underemployment and pervasive poverty are diminishing human lives, undermining human dignity, and hurting children and families,” Archbishop Dolan said. “I hope we can use our opportunities as pastors, teachers and leaders to focus public attention and priority on the scandal of so much poverty and so many without work in our society.” The archbishop of New York said that 46 million people, 15% of the population, now live in poverty in the...
  • An Open Letter To USCCB And EWTN Concerning The Next "Dream Act" (vanity) (Catholic Caucus)

    09/18/2011 12:26:47 PM PDT · by Heart-Rest · 39 replies
    self | self
    Our family is not going to send in any more donations, or give any more money into the Sunday Parish Church collection basket, until both the USCCB and EWTN stop trying to promote 'democrat party' efforts to reward illegal behaviors and support unlawful activities, such as the so-called "dream act", or the new un-legislated amnesty for illegal aliens by this democrat president. (Instead, for now, we will give all our donations and offerings and almsgiving to specific worthy pro-life and other charitable causes, such as "Priests for Life" and "St. Vincent Depaul", and we will use social networking media...
  • Law threatens Church’s ministry [official statement by Catholic Archbishop Jose Gomez]

    09/16/2011 5:54:49 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy
    California Catholic Daily ^ | September 14, 2011 | Archbishop José H. Gomez
    Statement of Archbishop José H. Gomez Archbishop of Los Angeles Chairman, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration State of Alabama Immigration Law On behalf of the U.S. Catholic bishops, I offer my solidarity with and support to Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi, archbishop of Mobile, AL, and Bishop Robert J. Baker, bishop of Birmingham, AL, -- in close collaboration with other religious leaders of the State -- in their efforts to turn back a State law which would threaten the ministry of the Church in Alabama to undocumented immigrants. [SNIP] As chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’...
  • USCCB backs Alabama bishops’ efforts to reverse immigration law [Archbishop Gomez statement]

    09/11/2011 10:19:56 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 40 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | September 09, 2011
    Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the Committee on Migration of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued a statement supporting efforts by Alabama’s bishops to overturn a recently enacted immigration law. “The Catholic Church provides pastoral and social services to all persons, regardless of their immigration status,” Archbishop Gomez said in his statement. “Our mandate is to provide for the pastoral and social care of all of God’s children. Government should not infringe upon that duty, as America’s founding fathers made clear in the US Constitution.” “This new Alabama law makes it illegal for a...
  • Kudos for pro-abortion politician [USCCB news paints US Labor Sec. Hilda Solis as model Catholic]

    09/06/2011 5:10:41 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 21 replies
    California Catholic Daily ^ | September 6, 2011
    The Catholic News Service, a division of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has published a Labor Day paean to US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, a native Californian, presenting her as a paragon of Catholics in political life – but ignoring her record of support for abortion dating back nearly 20 years. Solis served in both houses of the California legislature beginning in 1992 before being elected to Congress in 2000. During her time as a state legislator and congresswoman, Solis was an ardent supporter of abortion, winning her a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America and re-election endorsements...
  • USCCB campaign urges parishes to pray, preach on behalf of DREAM Act

    09/05/2011 3:24:17 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 41 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 19, 2011
    The Justice for Immigrants campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is urging priests across the nation to “incorporate petitions, prayers and homilies” into Sunday Masses on September 25 in support of passage of the DREAM Act. The bill, first introduced in 2001, would provide a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants. The Justice for Immigrants campaign has also issued an invitation to “plan a vigil or public event between Sept. 18 - Oct. 9 in support of our DREAM students and youth” and offers a “sample agenda and elements of a powerful event” to assist in...
  • Did Bishop's Spokesman Lie to Poor Rocco Palmo about Pilla Resignation?

    04/04/2006 9:07:40 PM PDT · by Diago · 3 replies · 1,914+ views
    April 5, 2006 | Diago
    Three months ago when Bishop Pilla's offer to resign was made public, there was much speculation that Pilla was being forced to resign and that the Pope would quickly accept his resignation. Pilla and Pope Benedict had been odds dating back to Pilla's tenure as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Moreover, Pilla was being investigated by the FBI, was being sued for perjury, had overseen the Diocese during the widespread homosexual priest abuse scandal, and had continued to allow Futurechurch to reside on diocesan property after telling the Vatican differently. Pilla was being forced out and...
  • US [Catholic] bishops to Congress: ‘not justifiable to weaken the national safety net’

    09/02/2011 7:17:21 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 16 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | September 2, 2011
    Acknowledging that “the fiscal status quo is unsustainable, with mounting deficits and growing debt for our children,” the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is urging the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction not to make disproportionate cuts to domestic and international poverty-assistance programs. “A central moral measure of any budget proposal is how it affects ‘the least of these’ (Matthew 25),” wrote Bishop Stephen Blaire, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop Howard Hubbard, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, in their August 31 letter. “The needs of those...
  • West Coast Muslim-Catholic Dialogue Focuses on Scripture Interpretation

    06/02/2011 3:06:14 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 55 replies
    WASHINGTON (May 27, 2011)—“Principles of Interpretation of Scripture with a Special Focus on the Figure of Moses” was the focus of the West Coast consultation between the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and three Muslim organizations from the Sunni and Shi’a traditions. The twelfth annual meeting of the dialogue took place in Orange, California on May 24-25. Bishop Carlos Sevilla of the Diocese of Yakima, Washington, and Muzammil H. Siddiqi, Ph.D., of the Islamic Society of Orange County, presided. Father José Rubio of the Diocese of San José, California, spoke on “Principles of Interpretation of Scripture” in the...
  • Reps. Ryan, Boehner welcome Archbishop Dolan's letter on budget [Catholic Caucus]

    05/20/2011 3:18:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | May 20, 2011 | Diogenes
    Rep. Paul Ryan, a Catholic and head of the House Budget Committee, and Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), have exchanged correspondence on Catholic social teaching and the federal budget. “I deeply appreciate your letter’s assurances of your continued attention to the guidance of Catholic social justice in the current delicate budget considerations in Congress,” said Archbishop Dolan in a May 18 reply to a letter from Rep. Ryan. “As is so clear from your correspondence, the light of our faith--anchored in the Bible, the tradition of the Church, and...
  • What Are We Sacrificing for Another Government Fix?

    05/04/2011 6:51:44 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | April 27, 2011 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    I could not help but investigate our news story proclaiming that the USCCB had made a major new commitment to helping the unemployed. Will the American Church extend its charitable activities to provide as never before for those who are unable to find work? Actually, no. Instead, what the USCCB is doing is collaborating with an organization called Interfaith Worker Justice to launch a program called Faith Advocates for Jobs. If you go to the website and download the program’s “congregational toolkit”, you will find that the main purpose of this initiative is to create congregational job clubs and support groups...
  • Bishops, Budgets and Baggage

    04/16/2011 9:47:59 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies ^ | April 10, 2011 | Christopher Manion
    April 10, 2011 - " Protect our Poor and Vulnerable Brothers and Sisters," urged the USCCB " Action Alert," as budget talks went down to the wire in early April. As usual, the bishops, with voices their memo describes as "important and prophetic," oppose budget cuts, because " very few advocate the priority claim of poor and vulnerable people." One prophecy the USCCB has failed to proclaim over the years is that the rampant inflation caused by the welfare state that they have tirelessly championed would actually harm the poor and vulnerable more than government budget cuts ever could. But...
  • Bishops Highlight Protecting the Poor, Fiscal Responsibility as Moral Criteria of Budget Debate

    04/14/2011 9:04:34 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies
    USCCB Office of Media Relations ^ | April 13, 2011 | Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, Bishop Stephen E. Blaire
    WASHINGTON (April 13, 2011)—The federal budget should protect human life and dignity, make the poor a top priority and promote the common good of all during tough economic times, said the U.S. bishops who oversee foreign and domestic policy on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives. “The moral measure of this budget debate is not which party wins or which powerful interests prevail, but rather how those who are jobless, hungry, homeless or poor are treated, Their voices are too often missing in these debates, but they...
  • USCCB: defunding Planned Parenthood ‘not one of those hard choices’[Catholic Caucus]

    04/14/2011 12:43:55 PM PDT · by topher · 2 replies ^ | 14-April-2011 | by Kathleen Gilbert
    ... In an April 13 letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston urged lawmakers to vote for a resolution to ban federal funding of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In the midst of a budget debate involving shared sacrifice and hard choices, Cardinal DiNardo wrote, “Whether to fund the largest abortion network in the country is not one of those hard choices.”
  • USCCB Urges HUD Not to Include Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity [Catholic Caucus]

    03/28/2011 7:11:13 PM PDT · by topher · 4 replies
    WASHINGTON (March 25, 2011)——The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has urged the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) not to adopt a proposed regulation that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected categories for which discrimination in HUD programs is prohibited. In comments filed today with HUD, Anthony Picarello, USCCB general counsel, and Michael Moses, USCCB associate general counsel, noted that, when it comes to orientation and gender identity, “a protected classification for purposes of federal housing programs has no support in any Act of Congress and appears at odds with at...
  • 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 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 - - 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, the John Jay Report] having been accused of this horrific offense. Of course...
  • The Role of the Catholic Bishops in the Wisconsin Mess (Vanity)

    02/28/2011 6:05:52 AM PST · by schmootman · 37 replies
    2/28/11 | Schmootman
    I thought it might be helpful to show the chronology of the bishops' role in the budget debate in order to help you form an opinion about their conduct. We can come to different conclusions about their motivation, but the results of their actions are matters of fact. BOTTOM LINE: I am not aware of any Republican legislator or conservative commentator who has tried to use the bishops' statements as evidence that the bishops support the Republican position, and I'm sure they would have if the wording of those statements seemed to support their position. Yet, the Democrats have used...
  • USCCB Chairman Supports Wisconsin [Catholic] Bishops on the Rights of Workers

    02/24/2011 1:03:50 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 25 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | Feb. 24, 2011
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, expressed his "support for and solidarity" with the Wisconsin bishops' statement on the rights of workers. In a February 23 letter to Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee, Bishop Blaire wrote, "You and our brother bishops in Wisconsin are offering a timely reminder of what the Church teaches on the rights and duties of workers, including the right to form and belong to unions and other associations, and the obligation to address...
  • New USCCB Document Highlights Biblical Quotations in the Mass (Needs Improving?) [Catholic Caucus]

    02/06/2011 6:30:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies ^ | Monday, January 31, 2011 | Michael Barber
    Monday, January 31, 2011 New USCCB Document Highlights Biblical Quotations in the Mass The Catholic Mass draws heavily from Scripture--in every prayer you hear quotations and allusions to biblical texts. In fact, last year I did a series presentations now available through Saint Joseph Communications here (shameless plug!) exploring the biblical backdrop for the prayers of the Mass.   Now the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has put out a footnoted version of the prayers of the new translation of the liturgy, alerting you to the Biblical background of each of the prayers.  Some examples: The response: "The Lord be...
  • Reds at USCCB Continue to Support Disarmament

    12/01/2010 12:28:44 PM PST · by 0beron · 2 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 12/01/2010 | Tancred
    In a tip of the cheese hat to /Antonio Gramsci, the gathered Catholic Bishops continue to undermine their homeland, their Church and the families they are sworn to protect. Some people perhaps thought that there would be a major change, how wrong you were. Now Bishop Hubbard of the scandal ridden and heretical Albany Diocese is "peacemaking" in the Bernardinian style. How Bishop Hubbard has a job, much less how he's able to dictate to the United States how it should defend itself simply boggles the mind. So, not only is he running interference for homosexuals, posing as priests so...
  • Notes on a "Timquake" (by a reporter on the scene)

    11/17/2010 11:19:31 AM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    WITL ^ | November 17, 2010 | Rocco Palmo
    Shocking as this is, folks... admittedly, it's not exactly a surprise. Late last week, a sense of movement toward Tim Dolan -- and not exactly for the Vice-Presidency -- became palpable... and as he walked onto the Floor this morning, one well-known prelate from the "traditional" side -- who, even last night, said he remained undecided -- said he was picking for the man from Gotham for the Chiefdom itself. Asked how prevalent the sentiment was, he said, "I don't know if it'll carry the day, but I know I'm not unique in it." Thirty minutes later, the room...
  • Archbishop Dolan's election as Pres. of the USCCB - the media coverage (excerpted)

    11/17/2010 11:02:19 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    various | November 17, 2010 | NYer
    There is widespread and extensive coverage of Dolan's election across the US of A today. Not surprisingly, media confusion, mixed reporting and bias are evident in headlines and content. Rather than post multiple threads from various sources, I have lined up some of the more interesting articles below. It might be interesting over the next week, to do a similar thread with coverage from the diocesan newspapers. 1. Religion Dispatches Magazine - Sarah Posner, reporting The coalition members of Equality Blessed are Call To Action, DignityUSA, Fortunate Families, and New Ways Ministry. Francis DeBernardo, Executive Director of New Ways Ministry,...
  • Archbishop Timothy Dolan Elected President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (conservative)

    11/16/2010 6:23:14 PM PST · by STARWISE · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Timothy Dolan has been an up-and-comer in the Vatican’s eyes for years — picked to run Milwaukee in the wake of a massive sex scandal and then elevated to the most visible American diocese as New York’s archbishop. Today, his quick rise continued when he jumped the line and beat the favorite to be elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. It’s no coincidence, perhaps, that Dolan won the slot as he is in the midst of closing so many city churches and schools. What Dolan does best, it seems, is deliver politically devastating news with a boyish,...
  • Dolan Chosen to Lead U.S. Bishops’ Group (NY Times evaluates the election - reporter at press conf)

    11/16/2010 1:57:01 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    NYTimes ^ | November 16, 2010 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    BALTIMORE — In a surprise move, the bishops that lead the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, elected Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York to be their president on Tuesday, rejecting the conference’s more liberal vice president. It was the first time in history that the bishops had not voted to elevate the vice president to the president’s post, affirming a conservative turn among the bishops. The vote, which was close, cements Archbishop Dolan’s prominent profile in the leadership in the American church. He is already the prelate of the nation’s most visible diocese, is comfortable in the...
  • Church analyst: Election of Archbishop Dolan signals desire for strong leader

    11/16/2010 11:44:38 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | November 16, 2010
    Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York Baltimore, Md., Nov 16, 2010 / 02:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A well-known Church analyst says the election of Archbishop Timothy Dolan as president of the U.S. bishops' conference is a confirmation that the bishops want a strong, outspoken leader to guide the Church in an increasingly polarized and secular culture. Few experts would have predicted that Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York would be chosen as president of the U.S. bishops' conference. He won the election in a close run-off with Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, the previous vice president of the conference....
  • 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,...