Breaking: Obama Appointees Denied USCCB Grant By Utilizing “Unfair, Politicized” Justifications

You may remember this update from a CV Lunchtime Reader: Payback? The Obama administration has failed to renew a $19 million grant awarded to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to assist victims of human trafficking. The grant was first awarded in 2006 by the Migration and Refugee Services and has helped 2,700 victims of human trafficking. Sister Mary Ann Walsh, spokeswoman for the U.S. Bisho... More

‘A Model for Catholic Colleges’

I blush to disclose that the Cardinal Newman Society, hot on the trail of Catholic identity at Catholic colleges in advance of November’s U.S. bishops meeting, is promoting my employer, Benedictine College, as a model in this regard. This morning, the D.C.-area organization sent a notice quoting Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., telling presidents of U.S. Catholic colleges and univers... More

Reader: Obama admin cuts grant to Bishops, Gov. Christie endorses Romney, Christians killed in Cairo

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Payback? The Obama administration has failed to renew a $19 million grant awarded to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to assist victims of human trafficking. The grant was first awarded in 2006 by the Migration and Refugee Services and has helped 2,700 victims of human trafficking. Sister Mary Ann Wal... More

Abp. Dolan to President Obama: Cease Attacks on Marriage or Risk “National Conflict…of Enormous Proportions”

Wow. This definitely represents a significant escalation of tone and includes the threat of consequences if the Obama administration does not, as this letter from Archbishop Timothy Dolan to the President calls for, “push the reset button” on their multipronged efforts to undermine marriage and treat Catholics who believe in marriage as bigots. Abp. Dolan is careful to point out that h... More

Does God Want More Welfare & Debt?

I’m in Indianapolis today preparing for the Frassati Society’s LIVE OUT LOUD Conference, where I’m a keynote speaker. But I wanted to offer a couple quick comments about the debt ceiling debate which is now entering it’s final critical days in Washington, DC. As you may have seen, the U.S. Bishops – under Bishops Blaire and Hubbard (remember him?) – have issued ... More

BREAKING: USCCB calls for defunding Planned Parenthood

“At a Time of Painful Budget Cuts, Defunding Planned Parenthood ‘Not One of Those Hard Choices’” The bishops speak: In an April 13 letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston urged Congress to vote for a resolution to ban federal funding of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In the midst of a budget debate involvin... More

Archbishop Dolan Wins 60 Minutes

Morley Safer of CBS’ 60 Minutes spent some time talking with one of my favorite Catholics, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York. Dolan is a gregarious Irishman with a smile that doesn’t quit, a magnetism that holds your attention, an eloquence that instructs without overburdening, and honesty and fidelity that inspire. My final semester in seminary began with a 5-day silent retreat wit... More

Archbishop Dolan, in unmistakeable terms, condemns Obama’s DOMA dereliction

The press has attempted at times to suggest that there is a cozy relationship between the US Bishops and the White House. But the statement released by Abp. Timothy Dolan today could not make it any more clear that, at least on the issue of marriage, the bishops and the President hold opposing views: The announcement on February 23 that the President has instructed the Department of Justice to s... More

US Bishops ask Americans to get behind Protect Life Act

This was sent out by the USCCB’s pro-life office: The Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) welcomed the approval in committee of the Protect Life Act (H.R. 358). Sponsored by Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA) and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) and 123 co-sponsors, the Protect Life Act would apply longstanding federal policies on abortion funding, and consci... More

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