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  • Political Science 101: how the White House snookered the USCCB on the 'compromise'

    02/15/2012 6:38:07 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | February 14, 2012 | Phil Lawler
    Imagine that you’re a politician. You know that a story is going to come out, and you know that the story will be damaging to your interests. You can’t control that. But you can control when the story comes out. How should you plan it?That’s easy. Arrange for the story to come out Friday evening. People don’t spend much time with the news on Saturday mornings. Many people won’t even notice the story; you may be able to bury it.OK, now imagine that you’re working in the Obama White House. You want a bit of a favorable “bump” when you...
  • American Catholicism's Pact with the Devil

    02/13/2012 2:08:32 PM PST · by schmootman · 12 replies
    Ricochet.com ^ | Paul Rahe
    You have to hand it to Barack Obama. He has unmasked in the most thoroughgoing way the despotic propensities of the administrative entitlements state and of the Democratic Party. And now he has done something similar to the hierarchy of the American Catholic Church. At the prospect that institutions associated with the Catholic Church would be required to offer to their employees health insurance covering contraception and abortifacients, the bishops, priests, and nuns scream bloody murder. But they raise no objection at all to the fact that Catholic employers and corporations, large and small, owned wholly or partially by Roman...
  • Train's Letter to The Bishop of Lincoln, et al

    02/12/2012 9:40:59 AM PST · by the invisib1e hand · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Train of Thoughts The Blog ^ | 02/12/12 | Train of Thoughts
    In your "Letter to the Faithful" regarding the Obama Administration's abortion, contraception, and sterilization diktats, you made the following statement: "...like the martyrs of old, we must be prepared to accept suffering which could include heavy fines and imprisonment..." DARE YOU decree the role of "martyr" upon the faithful who will suffer because of the Bishop's collective failure to heed their warnings when the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" was being discussed publicly prior to being voted on? DARE YOU take the mantle of "martyr" upon yourselves, who failed to recognize the obvious threat to liberty -- religious and...
  • Santorum in Lee's Summit, Mo: "The Bishops Got What They Deserved" [Video]

    02/08/2012 8:15:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 47 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2/4/12
    They may be outraged now, but the American Catholic Church has been forging alliances with the secular state on social issues for too many years. Now, the Bishops who promoted and shilled for ObamaCare look like schmucks. Excerpt: "They got what they deserved", he said. "They fell into bed with the secular left, and then wondered why they force them to do what the secular left wants them to do." Link to Video (2 mins, 25 seconds)
  • Standing with the Bishops [Catholic Caucus]

    02/06/2012 10:56:58 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    CE.com ^ | February 5, 2012 | Father Shenan J. Boquet
    Standing with the Bishops February 6th, 2012 by Father Shenan J. BoquetOne hundred fifty-one and counting That is the number of Bishops who, at the time of this writing, have issued public condemnations of the Obama administrations confirmation of its radical and unjust contraceptive mandate. Led by USCCB president and Cardinal-elect Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, our shepherds are stepping out in front of their flocks and challenging the administration in no uncertain terms. The unprecedented move by this administration has been met in turn by an unprecedented display of outspoken and public unity in the Church. Even liberal...
  • The Anti-Catholic President v. the Catholic Bishops

    02/04/2012 5:44:42 AM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    FrontPage ^ | February 3, 2012 | Daniel Flynn
    The White House so delicately catered to the religious sensitivities of Osama bin Ladens sympathizers that the administration ordered his corpse washed, wrapped it in a white sheet, and made it the subject of Islamic prayers. American Catholics, 54 percent of whom supported Barack Obama in 2008, have no such luck winning the administrations religious toleration.At issue is Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebeliuss bureaucratic mandate that all employersincluding Catholic schools, hospitals, and charitiespay for contraceptives, sterilization, and morning-after pill abortifacients through their health insurance plans. The administration recently revealed that the only relief Catholic conscientious objectors will receive...
  • Archbishops Dolan, O'Brien elevated to cardinal

    01/06/2012 5:00:28 AM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 1+ views
    OSV ^ | January 6, 2012
    Moments ago Pope Benedict XVI named 22 new cardinals, including Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United Conference of Catholic Bishops; Archbishop Edwin O'Brien, former Archbishop of Baltimore and current pro-grand master of the Equestrian Order (Knights) of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, based in Rome; and Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto. During the announcement, the pope asked people to "pray for those newly nominated." Four of the newly elevated cardinals are over 80, making them ineligible to vote for a pope. The consistory will be held Feb. 18. Here is the full list
  • "Pope Benedict Is Putting Red Hat On the Empire State Building": Now A Cardinal... But Forever Tim

    01/06/2012 5:43:06 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    WITL ^ | January 6, 2012 | Rocco Palmo
    Freshly released by the New York Chancery, here, the statement of the Big Apple archbishop and USCCB president, Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, on this morning's announcement of his elevation to the Papal "Senate": On this Twelfth Day of Christmas the traditional celebration of the Epiphany, I have received a gift from Pope Benedict XVI, as he announced just a couple of hours ago at the end of Mass in Saint Peters Basilica that I would be among those to become a cardinal in Rome at the consistory of February 18th. Yes, I am honored, humbled, and grateful, ...but, lets be...
  • Vatican: The position of bishops who do not want to retire

    01/01/2012 4:21:43 AM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies
    La Stampa ^ | 12/31/11 | GIACOMO GALEAZZI
    The latest to rebel against mandatory resignation at 75 years of age is Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago and, until last year, President of the American Conference of Bishops. From the beginning of his pontificate, Benedict XVI has come under some pressure to abolish the rule established by Paul VI on the retirement age for ecclesiastics. So while most Western governments are grappling with the protests of citizens required by the exigencies of public finances to stay at work longer, the Roman Curia is receiving opposite signals from the Sacred College. Despite the prominent appeals that have rained down...
  • US bishops call for continued unemployment benefits

    12/13/2011 6:21:03 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | December 13, 2011
    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is urging members of the House of Representatives to find effective ways to assure continuing Unemployment Insurance and Emergency Unemployment Compensation to protect jobless workers and their families. The House is considering a measure that would the reduce the duration of unemployment benefits from a maximum of 99 weeks to 59 weeks. When the economy fails to generate sufficient jobs, there is a moral obligation to help protect the life and dignity of unemployed workers and their families, said Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, chairman of the USCCBs Committee on Domestic Justice...
  • Latino Bishops: Undocumented Immigrants Are Not Criminals [USCCB / Archbishop Jos Gmez]

    12/13/2011 6:17:19 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 40 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | December 13, 2011 | NewsCore
    The archbishop of Los Angeles is among a group of Latino bishops from throughout the US to have called for undocumented immigrants to be seen as a "revitalizing force" -- instead of as criminals. The group of 30, including Los Angeles Archbishop Jos Gmez, released a joint letter vowing to work for immigration law reform, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. [SNIP] "The lack of a just, humane and effective reform of immigration laws negatively affects the common good of the United States. We promise to keep working to bring about this change."
  • Sorting out the bishops' lobbying budget [US Conference of Catholic Bishops]

    12/05/2011 6:51:30 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies
    U.S. Catholic ^ | December 5, 2011 | Scott Alessi
    What seemed at first glance to be a fairly straightforward report on the increase in lobbying efforts by religious groups has turned into quite a complicated ordeal.As I wrote last week, the U.S. bishops' conference had disputed a report by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life about religious advocacy groups in Washington, D.C. which stated that the U.S. bishops spend upwards of $26 million each year on advocacy efforts. Sister Mary Ann Walsh, media director for the USCCB, took Pew researchers to task for the numbers they came up with and for what seemed like a broad definition...
  • Catholic Church Will Now Teach Us How to Handle Sex Abuse

    11/30/2011 1:52:20 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 57 replies
    The Philly Post ^ | 11/30/2011 | Paul Davies
    With all due respect, Pope Benedict XVI either lives in an alternate reality or needs better PR handlers. His comments over the weekend to U.S. bishops about the sex abuse of children showed a continued disconnect with the churchs mishandling of this ongoing scandal. The pope referenced the churchs conscientious effort to confront sex abuse by priests. Uh? Perhaps the pope meant to say conscientious cover-up. No institution has done more to deny and downplay the sexual abuse of young boys than the Catholic Church. No institution has done more to discredit victims and protect pedophile priests than the Catholic...
  • Can the (Catholic) Bishop's Win This Battle?

    11/22/2011 3:03:57 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 22, 2011 | Christopher Manion
    Christopher Manion This past September, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, President of the USCCB, sent President Obama a letter that was long overdue. “I write with a growing sense of urgency about recent actions taken by your Administration that both escalate the threat to marriage and imperil the religious freedom of those who promote and defend marriage,” the archbishop wrote. “The Justice Department’s [attack on the Defense of Marriage Act], in addition to other troubling federal decisions occurring recently, prompts me yet again to register my grave concerns.”Archbishop Dolan’s public overture represents a significant departure from the path of his predecessors. Only...
  • 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
    FoxNews.com ^ | 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 lettersigned 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...