Congress

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.

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