Bishops prepare their flocks for possible civil disobedience

A new bulletin insert will be distributed to Catholic parishes nationwide this June, and it’s already live on the bishops’ website. The bulletin makes it clear that the Bishops are not giving up on the fight for religious liberty for our hospitals, schools and charities. The message on the insert reads: For the first time in our history, the federal government will force religious ins... More

Every Single Bishop Has Condemned the Obama/HHS Mandate! (181)

From Portland, Maine to San Diego, California– From Miami, Florida to Seattle, Washington– Every single Roman Catholic bishop in the United States has condemned in public the Obamacare HHS mandate — all 181 bishops who lead dioceses in the U.S. have spoken. This is a simply incredible, unified, universal Catholic witness on this critical issue of religious freedom. (To those wond... More

Different faiths come together to fight for marriage and religious liberty

Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, as President of the USCCB, issued a joint letter today with religious leaders of other faith traditions to fight for marriage and religious liberty. Signatories included leaders from Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Evangelical, Jewish, Lutheran, Mormon, and Pentecostal communities in the United States. Dolan was one of the four signing Catholic bishops. ‎“Mar... More

Reader: Pope to visit Cuba, Romney slams Newt, Pelosi calls bishops ‘lobbyists’

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. The Catholic Church confirms Pope Benedict XVI will visit Cuba in the spring. The mitts come off: Romney slams Gingrich for attacking Paul Ryan’s Medicare reforms. Mitt Romney now says he wouldn’t recommend other states adopt Romneycare. That’s a shift from what he... More

In Arranged Philadelphia Marriage, Archbishop Chaput Woos His New Flock

I had high expectations when I attended Archbishop Charles Chaput’s Installation Mass in Philadelphia last Thursday. I believe him to be the most important intellectual and pastoral voice among American bishops today. So imagine my delight when my high expectations were exceeded! Archbishop Chaput is frequently maligned by liberal Catholics for being too “political.” That was t... More

Unfortunately, Americans are evenly divided on morality of euthanasia

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. A fresh Gallup poll shows that Americans are evenly divided on the morality of physician-assisted suicide. According to the poll, 45% of Americans consider the practice “morally acceptable” while 48% considered it “morally wrong.” The poll comes just a day after news broke that the ... More



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