Congress

September 30, 2014

Paul Ryan on ‘The Way Forward’ and the Catholic Faith

The chairman of the House Budget Committee discusses his new book and how his faith influences his approach to public policy.

July 2, 2013

Archbishop: Senate Bill Helps Migrants Come ‘Into the Light’

The Senate passed the immigration-reform bill to allow the estimated 11 million illegal residents of the U.S. to obtain provisional immigrant status if they meet certain conditions.

June 11, 2013

Women’s Caucus to Connect Pro-Life Lawmakers Nationwide

The creation of the caucus was announced by the Susan B. Anthony List, an organization that supports pro-life women in pursuing political office

June 7, 2013

New Pro-Life Coalition Aims to ‘Stop the Gosnells’

‘Stop the Gosnells’ is a group of national pro-life organizations dedicated to exposing the atrocities of the abortion industry and demanding that Congress take action.

May 22, 2013

Supreme Court Could Give Landmark Ruling on Public Prayer

Alliance Defending Freedom will support the town of Greece on the historic practice of seeking Divine guidance at public meetings.

May 21, 2013

Congressman Moves to Halt Late-Term Abortions Nationwide

After the Kermit Gosnell case, even pro-abortion-rights leaders admit that a limit to late-term abortion is worth discussing.

May 14, 2013

Justice Ginsburg Calls ‘Roe’ a Disappointing Decision

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted that, in the 40 years since ‘Roe v. Wade,’ pro-life advocates have successfully introduced restrictions on abortion access in many states.

March 22, 2013

U.S. Help for Jailed Iran Pastor ‘Woefully’ Inept, Congressmen Charge

Six members of Congress urged the State Department to use the full resources of the U.S. government to free the Christian pastor.

March 19, 2013

Congressional Delegates Praise Pope’s Loving Example

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., led a group of representatives to the Vatican for the inaugural Mass.

February 26, 2013

Pro-Life Groups Urge Grassroots ‘Call to Conscience’

Initiative asks Congress to include conscience protection in essential legislation in response to the HHS mandate.

December 27, 2012

Abortion Expansion in Defense Bill Gets Troubling Support From Pro-Life Senators

Pro-life advocates worry that the November elections might have resulted in a weakening of congressional pro-life sentiment.

November 23, 2012

A More Catholic Capitol Hill

The largest-ever Catholic contingent is one of the major features of the most religiously diverse Congress in U.S. history.

August 11, 2012

Paul Ryan, Catholic Who Looks to Church's Social Teaching, Tapped as Romney Running Mate

Wisconsin congressman cheered by some as strong pro-lifer, criticized by others as wanting to reduce deficit ‘on the backs of the poor.’

July 24, 2012

Catholic Business Owners Seek Injunction to Halt HHS Mandate Compliance

Churches exempt, ministries in question, but this lawsuit asks: what about individual conscientious objectors?

July 19, 2012

'Breakthrough' Effort to Secure Conscience Rights in HHS Mandate Fight

U.S. bishops welcome inclusion of conscience provisions in a House subcommittee appropriations bill for Health and Human Services funding.

July 19, 2012

Get Out the (Catholic) Vote

Groups stress the difference the swing vote bloc could make by voting its collective conscience.

July 16, 2012

Chen Guangcheng's Escape Marks New Era of Outrage Against Forced Abortions in China

Researcher charges that the U.N. Population Fund, a partner in the Gates Foundation birth-control campaign, ‘is directly responsible for forced abortions … in China.’

July 5, 2012

Robert Muise Extends His Marine Corps Oath to Law Practice

Fortnight for Freedom Profile: 'I swore to defend America against all enemies, foreign and domestic,' says founder of American Freedom Law Center.

June 29, 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Health-Care Law, Stage Set for First Amendment Showdown

Although the court ruled on the constitutionality of Obamacare, it left the door open to those pursuing the right to religious freedom.

June 29, 2012

What the Court Said About Obamacare

COMMENTARY

June 27, 2012

Vouchers Help Catholic Schools Survive

Poll shows 56% in support of government assistance. Programs expanding, helping to keep parochial schools afloat.

June 15, 2012

Bishops Critique Their Handling of Ryan Budget Before Approving New Statement on Economic Crisis

During the U.S. bishops’ meeting in Atlanta, several bishops questioned the conference’s recent statements on budget proposals.

June 12, 2012

Catholic Lawmaker Seeks Colleagues' Support for HHS Mandate Suits

June 10, 2012

Faith and Freedom on the New Haven Green

It was only one of scores of rallies June 8, but for religious liberty in America, this is 'hallowed ground.'

June 8, 2012

Americans Stand Up for Religious Freedom on Bill of Rights’ Anniversary

Rallies draw more than 75,000 people to protest HHS ‘contraceptive mandate.’

June 7, 2012

Prenda and Live Action Videos Amplify the Conversation About Sex-Selective Abortions in the U.S.

Group continues undercover videotaping, as Congress fails to pass law prohibiting procedure.

May 21, 2012

Unprecedented Legal Action Takes HHS Mandate Battle to the Courts

Bishops say the federal law is still 'unjust' and 'coercive,' as 43 Catholic dioceses and institutions file lawsuits May 21.

May 18, 2012

Sebelius Speaks at Georgetown Despite Protests

HHS secretary refers to JFK speech on religion and politics, as she encourages students to embrace public service.

April 28, 2012

Sebelius Says She Sought Religious 'Balance,' But Ignored Key Precedents

March 16, 2012

HHS Issues Statement Confirming Outlines of Contraception Mandate 'Accommodation'

Catholic universities will also be subject to policy that attempts to shift costs for contraception services to insurance companies, though critics call this an ‘accounting trick.’

March 16, 2012

Subsidized Abortions Will Be Offered in State Health Exchanges

Plans that include this provision will not be able to inform customers of a required abortion surcharge until after they enroll.

March 2, 2012

How Catholics Voted on the Blunt Amendment

More on the March 1 vote.

February 29, 2012

'We Are Crossing the Rubicon': House Tackles HHS Mandate Threat

Bishop Lori, legal and policy experts raise concerns; a representative of the Institute of Medicine defends the federal rule.

February 20, 2012

Congress Continues to Oppose HHS Mandate

Members of Congress convened last week to reiterate their support for the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act.

February 17, 2012

Religious-Exemption Amendment Stalls in Senate

Legislation to ensure religious liberty in HHS mandate did not come to a vote this week.

February 10, 2012

U.S. Bishops to White House: 'Rescission of Mandate Only Solution'

While critics dismiss the president's move as an election-year ploy, the Catholic Health Association’s Sister Carol Keehan and Planned Parenthood applaud the modification.

February 9, 2012

Boehner vs. HHS: 'Attack by the Federal Government on Religious Freedom ... Must Not Stand'

House Speaker John Boehner says Congress will reverse contraception rule if administration won't. Rep. Fred Upton has also announced plans to advance legislation 'to reverse the controversial decision and restore long-standing conscience protections.'

February 8, 2012

Christian and Religious Leaders Also Oppose HHS Mandate

Said a Lutheran leader: 'We would be in a very bad way without the Catholics standing up.'

February 8, 2012

Congress Urges Obama Administration to Suspend HHS Mandate

Letter by 154 members says policy violates religious freedom.

January 31, 2012

Rubio Introduces Bill to Protect Church Organizations Against Obama's Mandate

HHS contraceptive requirement, with narrow exemption, 'tells us a lot about the administration's overreach in all parts of our lives,' Florida senator says.

January 23, 2012

Pro-life Congressmen Speak About the Fight Against Abortion

January 23, 2012

Youth Lead March for Life 2012

Church leaders and politicians join young people at the Washington event calling for an overturn of Roe v. Wade. Speakers target HHS contraceptive mandate.

December 29, 2011

Presidential Hopefuls: Newt Gingrich

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, a convert to Catholicism, has evolved on life issues.

December 22, 2011

Military Chaplains Get 'Religious Exemption,' but Does It Do the Job?

Critics assert that the language in the 2012 military-spending bill won’t protect clergy.

December 9, 2011

Sebelius's Surprising Plan B Decision

Was the HHS secretary’s override of allowing emergency contraceptive to be sold over the counter politically motivated?

November 29, 2011

Kathleen Sebelius' Gruesome Moral Calculus

Health and Human Services policy may be furthering the exploitation of sex-trafficked women.

November 28, 2011

Will U.S. Religious Freedom Commission Continue?

Congress votes to keep commission through Dec. 16. But what about after that?

November 18, 2011

The Supreme Court and Obamacare

As Catholics and pro-lifers welcome the news that the high court will take up the health-care issue, the future remains murky.

November 18, 2011

Presidential Hopefuls: Ron Paul

Although committed to the protection of life, his libertarianism prevents him from voting for federal pro-life legislation.

November 15, 2011

New Jersey's 'Nurses of Conscience'

Congressman Chris Smith urges the University of Medicine and Dentistry to allow health-care professionals to opt out of abortions.

November 1, 2011

Presidential Hopefuls: Michele Bachmann

Minnesota senator spent time in the 1970s campaigning for Jimmy Carter — but also doing sidewalk counseling. Her campaign is fueled by her pro-life views.

October 18, 2011

What the Protect Life Act Means for America

Bill passed the House last week by a vote of 251-172. Bishops' spokeswoman: 'By passing the Protect Life Act, the House has taken an important step toward authentic health-care reform that respects the dignity of all, from conception onward.'

October 14, 2011

China's Population Control Continues

Nation’s economic clout grows in the face of its 1-child policy and persistent religious persecution.

October 12, 2011

Bachmann Introduces Heartbeat Informed Consent Act in Congress

The U.S. bishops and other pro-life groups support the bill that would require abortion providers to make an unborn child’s heartbeat visible and audible to its mother in order for her to give her informed consent for an abortion.

September 29, 2011

Congress Investigates Planned Parenthood

House committee requests documentation of billing practices, use of federal funds and reporting on criminal conduct.

September 28, 2011

Pastoral Response to Homosexuality, Origin of Monasticism, St. Wenceslas, and much more!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

September 22, 2011

Home-School Records Privacy Bill Introduced in Congress

If passed, home-schooled students' records, like those of public or private-school students, would only be released with written permission from a parent or guardian.

September 20, 2011

New York Surprise: A Look at Bob Turner's Victory

Catholic Republican businessman wins congressional seat long held by Democrats.

September 19, 2011

Speaker Boehner and School Vouchers — The Personal Is Political

Amid partisan gridlock, a reauthorized scholarship program remains a bright spot.

August 5, 2011

House Passes Bill to Establish Middle East Religious-Freedom Envoy

On Aug. 2, four days after the bill's passage, an early-morning car bomb attack struck a Catholic church in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, injuring 23 people.

July 27, 2011

Church Leaders: Budget Cuts Hurt the Poor

As default looms, fiscal conservatives stress wealth creation over redistribution.

July 15, 2011

NBC Pledge of Allegiance Gaff Part of Anti-Faith Trend?

Rep. Randy Forbes: 'It’s a pattern of things that we’re seeing growing by leaps and bounds to take any reference to faith away from a nation that had faith built in its DNA from its conception.'

June 14, 2011

Priest Is the Speaker’s Choice

Father Patrick Conroy, the new House of Representatives chaplain, is the second Catholic priest to hold the job.

June 3, 2011

Congress Takes on 'Gendercide'

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., leads call to combat China's one-child policy that jeopardizes baby girls. India is also of concern.

April 12, 2011

Budget Showdown Fallout

‘Big Abortion’ vs. American taxpayers: Who won the budget standoff?

April 12, 2011

We Need More Sex Education

April 8, 2011

Government Shutdown Showdown

Is it really the Republicans’ ‘waging war on women,’ or being good stewards of the people’s money?

March 6, 2011

DOMA and 2012

A Register editorial

March 4, 2011

Thanks to DOMA’s Defense…

Social issues — like it or not — are taking center stage in the economic debate.

March 4, 2011

Good Fridays: Apps, Videos and the Pope's Home

March 1, 2011

Is DOMA Really Dead?

As Obama decides not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, Republicans in Congress promise action.

February 3, 2011

Now is the Time to De-fund Planned Parenthood, More shocking videos

January 31, 2011

Defund Planned Parenthood?

The family planning group could reap a financial windfall, if healthcare reform includes contraceptive services with mandated preventive care for women.

January 25, 2011

March for Life 2011

Pro-lifers — mostly young people — flood the streets and churches of our nation’s capital to mark the 38th anniversary of Supreme Court abortion decision.

December 23, 2010

What the Military Must Learn from the Church

October 29, 2010

Pro-Life Prognosis

Will next week’s elections help the pro-life cause? An interview with insider Charmaine Yoest.

October 28, 2010

Susan B. Anthony List Defends Campaign Ads in Ohio

Are these pro-life billboards telling the truth about health-care reform?

September 30, 2010

Military Physicians Oppose Abortion Mandate

July 27, 2010

Not Preaching to the Choir?

Bishops Struggle to Air Their Views on Immigration

June 18, 2010

Year of the Pro-Life Woman?

Fiorina, Angle, Others Show Early Promise in Congressional Races

April 19, 2010

A ‘Catholic’ Social Justice Lobby?

April 1, 2010

How ObamaCare Will Affect Catholic Hospitals

March 26, 2010

Courage and Conviction: The Obama Difference

March 24, 2010

Health-Care Postmortem

What Went Wrong? What Comes Next?

March 23, 2010

The Remedy for Health-Care ‘Reform’

March 22, 2010

Pro-Life Democrats Ripped for Support of Health Bill

Stupak Switch Assists Bill's Passage

March 19, 2010

Fewer Babies=Lower Costs?

Stupak: Democrats Say Abortions Will Cut Health-Care Costs

March 19, 2010

Health Bill Pits Catholic vs. Catholic

Pro-Lifers Challenge Legislation’s Catholic Support

March 16, 2010

Abortion Funding to Remain in Final Bill

March 1, 2010

Health Reform Would Now Fund Still More Abortions

January 28, 2010

State of the Union From Their Point of View

January 27, 2010

Was Brown’s Win a Victory for Pro-Lifers in Health-Care Debate? Activists Wary

January 25, 2010

March for Life Adds New Feature: White House Vigil

January 25, 2010

Stupak Sees Ascendant Pro-Life Position Impacting Legislation and Elections

January 25, 2010

What Not to Learn From Massachusetts

January 22, 2010

March for Life: Pro-Life Strength Grows in Congress and Coming Election

January 20, 2010

Massachusetts' Inaugural Address

Imagine Obama's Words Coming from Bay State Voters ...

January 20, 2010

Throw them out! It's the loving thing to do

January 14, 2010

Amish Granted Health-Care Exemption

January 12, 2010

Not Giving Up

Pro-Life Catholics Mobilize on Health-Care Bill as Pressure Builds on Pro-Life Democrats

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