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Kenya's Catholic Bishops Sued After Canceling Lease for Muslim-run Restaurant
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops is facing a lawsuit over the cancellation of a rental contract for a restaurant operated by a Somali Muslim. The Kenya Conference of Catho ...

It’s About Life: U.S. Catholic Bishops Outline Principles on EPA Carbon Regulations
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

Since last Monday and even in the months leading up to the release of the new EPA rules governing carbon pollution, there’s been a battle royale in the media and the blogosphere between the fossil fuel industr ...

Catholic Hospitals at Odds with Bishops Over Birth Control Mandate
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

The organization representing Catholic hospitals across the country says it no longer objects to the Obama administration’s mandate that all employees receive free birth control coverage. ...

Can Gay Catholics Find a Home in the Catholic Church?
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

As Americans — and American Catholics — grow increasingly accepting of homosexuality, and as foes of gay rights grow increasingly determined, conflict at the parish level seems inevitable. ...

Candida Moss Debunks the ‘Myth’ of Christian Persecution
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

Too many modern Christians invoke, to lamentable effect, an ancient history of persecution that didn’t exist, Moss argues in her newly published book, 'The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invent ...

Gay Marriage Opponents Make Their Case to Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 02/19/2013 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

In about three dozen briefs filed in recent weeks, groups ranging from U.S. Catholic bishops and evangelicals to state attorneys general and university professors argue that upholding gay marriage could lead t ...

Catholic Bishops Reject New Contraception Proposals
Originally Posted: 02/07/2013 - 5:57pm | Type: Blog

The nation’s Catholic bishops on Thursday rejected the Obama administration’s latest proposals to broaden accommodations for religious groups in regulations that require insurance companies or employers to pro ...

The End of Compassionate Conservatism? Why Jesus and Today's GOP Don't Mix
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 2:49pm | Type: Press

August 29, 2012 Sojo in the News Derek Flood ...

Catholic Bishops Warn Congress Not to Throw Poor Off ‘Fiscal Cliff’
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

As Congress embarks on high-stakes budget negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are warning elected officials not to target programs for the poor and inst ...

St. Dorothy Day? Controversial, Yes, but Bishops Push for Canonization
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

The Catholic bishops gathered here for their annual meeting couldn’t agree on a statement on the economy on Tuesday morning, but with a unanimous voice vote that afternoon they easily backed a measure to push ...

Should President Obama reach out to the Catholic bishops?
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

Fr. Thomas Reese of Georgetown University writes that the U.S. Catholic bishops took a beating druing the election. Thomas J. Reese writes in The Washington Post: ...

Catholic Bishops Fail to Agree on Statement on the Economy
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

A divided Catholic hierarchy on Tuesday failed to agree on a statement about the economy after a debate that revealed sharp differences over the kind of social justice issues that were once a hallmark of the b ...

Is There a Political Plan B for the Bishops?
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

Clearly the political strategy of the bishops is not working. So where do the bishops go from here? As the bishops gather in Baltimore this week for their annual meeting, they li ...

Catholic Bishops Make Last-Minute Pitch for Romney
Originally Posted: 11/02/2012 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

A number of Roman Catholic bishops are making forceful last-minute appeals to their flock to vote on Election Day, and their exhortations are increasingly sounding like calls to support Republican challenger M ...

A Labor Day Prayer
Originally Posted: 08/31/2012 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

In their annual Labor Day statement, the U.S. Catholic bishops call for “national economic renewal that places working people and their families at the center of economic life.” Issued by Bishop Stephen Blaire ...

Fortnight for Freedom Kicks Off, But Who is Funding It?
Originally Posted: 06/21/2012 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

On June 21, Catholics across the country will amplify what is an already loud outcry from the hierarchy over the federal government's so-called contraception mandate. ATLANTA ...

10 Years After Catholic Sex Abuse Reforms, What’s Changed?
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

When the nation’s Catholic bishops gather in Atlanta next week (June 13-15) for their annual spring meeting, a top agenda item will be assessing the reforms they adopted 10 years ago as revelations of widespre ...

Catholic Bishops Say Ryan Budget Fails Moral Test
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

A week after House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan claimed his Catholic faith inspired the Republicans' cost-cutting budget plan, the nation’s Catholic bishops reiterated their demand that the federal ...

Poll: Catholics Don’t See Contraception Mandate as Threat to Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

A majority (56 percent) of Americans say religious liberty is not threatened in the U.S., according to a new poll released Thursday by the Public Religion Research Institute, which conducted the survey in part ...

Bishop Hopes to Restart White House Contraception Talks
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 11:20pm | Type: Blog

The Catholic bishop leading the push against the White House's contraception mandate says the bishops hope to restart contentious talks with the Obama administration, but cautioned that church leaders &qu ...

Catholic Bishop on Contraception Mandate: Not Kosher.
Originally Posted: 02/17/2012 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

WASHINGTON — Exhibit A in the fight over President Obama's mandate for religious institutions to provide insurance coverage for contraception: a ham sandwich. At a hearing Thursday convened by House Repu ...

BREAKING NEWS: Obama Exempts Religious Groups from Contraceptive Mandate
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

Facing growing furor from religious groups, President Obama on Friday unveiled an "accommodation" in which health insurance companies, rather than religious institutions such as Catholic hospitals an ...

Today in God: Feb. 9, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

The "Hawaiian Option" in the contraception kerfuffle. Catholic bishops say the whole measure must be "scrapped." The National Catholic Reporter's columnist John Allen talks tough. A he ...

The Morning News: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 TIME: Person Of The Year - The Protester Once upon a time, when major news events were chronicled strictly by professionals and pr ...

British Clergy to Support #OccupyLondon with Circle of Protection, Prayer
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

On Sunday (10/30), the Anglican Bishop of London, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Richard Chartres, met with Occupy London protesters who have encamped for several weeks now on the ground of St. ...

The Sanctity of Labor and the Challenges Before Us
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the U.S. and Canada celebrated Labor Day, a day honoring workers. What does it mean to honor workers at a time of high unemployment, job insecurity, and the threat of lay-offs? ...

Matthew 25 -- Why We Went to the White House
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Today is another intense day of politics at the White House. The debt default deadline is fast approaching. Today is another intense day of politics at the White House. The debt d ...

What is the Circle of Protection?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the leaders of more than 50 Christian denominations and organizations drew a line in the sand of the budget debate, and asked our political leaders to do the same. Ye ...

Leaders Create Alliance to Defend Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Piercing through the bitter, partisan bickering regarding the nation's budget, an unprecedented and diverse group of Christian leaders announced today the forming of a Circle of Protection agains ...

The Spiritually Viral Hunger Fast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The hunger fast for a moral budget has gone spiritually viral. Ten days ago, we announced at the National Press Club that the budget debate had become a moral crisis. The hunger f ...

Top 10 Religious Stories of 2010
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Every day as I review the news, I'm conscious of stories relating to religious faith. Every day as I review the news, I'm conscious of stories relating to religious fait ...

Senators Kyl and DeMint Exploit Faith for Political Means
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

While American troops will be working through the Christmas holidays, putting their lives on the line for our safety, and while millions of Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of the Prince o ...

Stop the Games in Congress
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In just the past few days, the <a href="http://www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2010/10-224.shtml" target="_blank">U.S. In just the past few days, the U.S. ...

The Right to Act in Conscience
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/conscientious-objection/" target="_blank"></a>This is the second installment of a series Logan Mehl-Laituri is writing for God's ...

Peace or Partisanship? New START Reaches a Critical Juncture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Nuclear policy typically moves at a glacial speed, with opportunities for progress few and far between. Nuclear policy typically moves at a glacial speed, with opportunities for p ...

Community Organizing Affirms Human Dignity For All
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>In</em> <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.home">Sojourners</a><em><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.home"> ...

An Open Letter to Pastors: Our Nation Needs Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Dear Pastors,</p> Dear Pastors, This week, a group called NumbersUSA sent out a message to hundreds of thousands of Americans to ask them to please contact their pastor. ...

Bad Theology in the House of Representatives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">Wednesday morning I listened to a House Judiciary Committee <a href="http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/294531-1">hearing on "The Ethical Imper ...

'Doing God's Work': A Moral Case for Financial Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As financial reform legislation stalls in the Senate for the moment and embattled Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein testifies today before a congressional subcommittee, faith-based organizations an ...

U.K. Catholic Bishops Address Abuse Scandal 'Directly and Unambiguously'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Late last week, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales released an <a href="http://www.catholic-ew.org.uk/catholic_church/media_centre/press_releases/press_releases_2010/statement_by_the_catholi ...

What Catholics Can Teach Glenn Beck About Social Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/24/what-catholics-can-teach-glenn-beck-about-social-justice/"></a>While it's generally not worth spilling any ink over Glenn Beck, his ...

A Flawed Step Forward on Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#693999782_w46kY"></a>We all know how much the media love conflict, and they have fallen ...

A Torture Apologist's Flawed Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

The <em>Washington Post </em>has a new op-ed page writer drawing scrutiny for his hearty endorsement of "enhanced interrogation," which translated from Orwellian into English means tortur ...

The Media's Favorite Catholic Culture Warrior
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Just in time for Halloween, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is once again spooked about all those "radical secularists" lurking ominously behind ever corner. ...

Conservative Catholicism's Political Enforcers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As a struggling Catholic, the uproar and division caused by conservative U.S. As a struggling Catholic, the uproar and division caused by conservative U.S. Catholic groups (with t ...

Bishops vs. The Bomb: Act II
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When the United States and the Soviet Union stared into the abyss of nuclear Armageddon during the Cold War, filmmaker Stanley Kubrick began reading obscure journals like the <em>Bulletin of the At ...

Obama's Catholic Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Against the backdrop of protest and spectacle that threatened to overshadow graduation at the University of Notre Dame last week, President Obama delivered a graceful commencement address that stan ...

A Good Friday Appeal to Abolish the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Ten years ago on Good Friday, the <a href="http://www.usccb.org/sdwp/national/criminal/appeal.shtml">United States Conference of Catholic Bishops</a> issued a statement and call to action ...

Be Not Afraid: Faith and Reason in the Notre Dame 'Scandal'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Notre Dame President Rev. Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins is facing furious backlash after inviting President Barack Obama to give the university's commencemen ...

A Fairness Issue
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>"Without justice, what are kingdoms but bands of robbers?"<br /> "Without justice, what are kingdoms but bands of robbers?" ...