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  • Catholic League on Sebelius’s admission before a Senate committee

    02/16/2012 1:16:41 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | February 16, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf and Bill Donohue
    Yesterday I saw video clips of Kathleen Sebelius, catholic Dem who as Pres. Obama’s patsy is implementing his anti-Catholic agenda, testifying before a Senate committee. She admitted that the Administration did not to any significant degree consult with the US bishops before issuing their mandate. Of course, the Administration didn’t care what the bishops would have said. The President was going to do this no matter what.From The Catholic League: OBAMA MANDATE NEVER SCRUTINIZEDFebruary 16, 2012Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:Following her testimony yesterday before the Senate Finance Committee, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius...
  • Sebelius Didn’t Consult Bishops on Contraception Deal

    02/15/2012 4:21:44 PM PST · by ColdOne · 21 replies
    wsj ^ | 2/15/12 | Jennifer Corbett Dooren
    In a budget hearing before the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) asked Ms. Sebelius whether she contacted the bishops on the issue. “I know that the president has spoken to the bishops on several occasions,” she said. However, Ms. Sebelius said she did not know if the White House contacted the bishops before the changes in the contraception rule were solidified. The bishops said over the weekend that the administration didn’t consult them in crafting the new policy. Mr. Hatch then asked if other groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood were...
  • American Catholicism: A Call to Arms

    02/15/2012 8:44:32 AM PST · by schmootman · 10 replies ^ | 2/15/12 | Paul Rahe
    Last Friday, I posted on Ricochet a piece entitled American Catholicism’s Pact With the Devil. In it, among other things, I traced the crisis now faced by American Catholicism to the reign within the American Church of Joseph Bernardin, Cardinal-Archbishop of Chicago. In my haste, I got a detail or two wrong, and I was challenged not only with regard to the Cardinal’s cursus honorum but also with regard to the role he played in the scandal concerning the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic clergy. This post is meant to correct the record with regard to minor details,...
  • 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 ^ | 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: " 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 ^ | 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 administration’s 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 Laden’s 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 administration’s religious toleration.At issue is Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s bureaucratic mandate that all employers—including Catholic schools, hospitals, and charities—pay 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 Peter’s 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, let’s 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 USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice...
  • Latino Bishops: Undocumented Immigrants Are Not Criminals [USCCB / Archbishop José Gómez]

    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 José Gómez, 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 church’s mishandling of this ongoing scandal. The pope referenced the church’s “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 ^ | 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...