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August 22, 2014

Bishops, Religious Groups Concerned Over Latest HHS Mandate Rule Change

USCCB president says new regulations “still requires provisions of objectionable coverage” of contraception, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs by religious employers.

July 11, 2014

Bishop Elizondo: ‘Our Broken Immigration System Is Not Working in a Humane Way’

In an exclusive Register interview, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration discusses the hot-button immigration issues that are generating national controversy.

July 3, 2014

President Obama Draws Fire Over Border Crisis

Critics allege that administration policies are a substantial contributor to the current flood of migrant women and children into the United States.

June 16, 2014

U.S. Bishops Ponder Challenges Posed by Family and Poverty Issues

At their annual spring meeting in New Orleans, the U.S. Church’s shepherds discussed how to fulfill Pope Francis’ vision for evangelization in the 21st century.

June 11, 2014

U.S. Bishops Unanimously Reauthorize Religious-Liberty Initiative

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November 11, 2013

Register Radio: Dolan USCCB Legacy/ Instruction on Medjugorje

August 30, 2013

CRS, Its Partners and the Appearance of Scandal

How Catholic Relief Services Determines What Is Morally Acceptable: Part 2 of a Register Special Report

March 6, 2013

Bishops’ Group Gives Nearly $1 Million for Immigration Reform

Funding will go to promote comprehensive reform and to aid Catholic organizations that serve migrant communities.

October 13, 2012

Bishops Call for 'Rosary Novena for Life and Liberty'

October 10, 2012

U.S. Bishops, Apostolates Ring in the Year of Faith

Catholic Church bells will resound for three minutes Oct. 11 at noon to start the yearlong effort to increase faith in Jesus Christ.

August 8, 2012

Time's Up: Catholic Business Owners Weigh Moral Options in HHS Mandate

National Catholic Bioethics Center issues guidelines for navigating First Amendment threat.

July 30, 2012

Catholic Relief Services Emphasizes Faithfulness to Church Teaching

U.S. bishops' overseas relief agency responses to recent concerns over funding.

July 27, 2012

U.S. Bishops’ Marriage Advocate to Lead San Francisco Archdiocese

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., the USCCB's leader on defense of marriage issues, has been named by Pope Benedict XVI as the ninth archbishop of San Francisco.

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 7, 2012

True Freedom

Saturday Book Pick: Cardinal Dolan's first e-Book takes up a timely topic: religious liberty.

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 28, 2012

Archbishop Lori Tells Rome Conference That Religious Freedom Must Be Defended

Baltimore Church leader was featured speaker at Religious Liberty Observatory.

June 18, 2012

Course Correction: Sister Carol Keehan Now Opposes Obama 'Accommodation' for HHS Mandate

The Catholic Health Association's president calls for a broader religious exemption.

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 14, 2012

Religious Freedom Dominates U.S. Bishops' Meeting

Archbishop Lori signals commitment to defense of individual conscience rights and the free exercise of Catholic institutions.

June 13, 2012

'Examination of Conscience': U.S. Bishops Review Progress Report on Sex-Abuse Crisis

The National Review Board report confirms a steady fall in new cases, but warns against 'complacency.' Bishop Conlon notes that the bishops approved plans for a review of the charter and that the board's recommendations would be considered.

June 13, 2012

Christlike Correction

June 17 issue editorial

June 7, 2012

Is the Girl Scouts Safe for Catholic Girls? Part 2

As the U.S. bishops take up an inquiry, parents continue to be concerned about the organization. Boys who 'identify' as girls are welcome to join in Colorado.

June 1, 2012

Nashville Dominican Sister Appointed to USCCB Education Post

New staffer will focus on evangelization, ‘Ex Corde Ecclesiae,’ Year of Faith.

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.

May 10, 2012

At Georgetown, Most Professors Critical of Ryan Fail to Sign Letter Protesting Sebelius Visit

Patrick Deneen gets signature of one colleague, but no response from nearly 90 others.

May 9, 2012

Blessing of a Child in the Womb Published

USCCB releases prayer ahead of Mother's Day

May 5, 2012

A Cardinal on Politics

Saturday Book Pick: Cardinal Donald Wuerl reminds readers of the importance of going into the voting booth with a well-formed conscience.

April 25, 2012

U.S. Bishops Continue Interreligious Dialogue

New meetings and publications have taken place recently.

April 19, 2012

Church's Annual Audit Shows Decrease in Current Cases of Abuse

Number of allegations by minors today can be counted on two hands. Majority of reported cases are decades old.

April 18, 2012

Bishops Appeal Court Ruling, Attempt to Restore Government Contracts for Trafficking Program

Archbishops Gomez and Lori warn that other faith-based programs will be affected by the ruling.

April 12, 2012

Excerpts From 'Our First, Most Cherished Liberty'

New USCCB statement on religious liberty: 'What is at stake is whether America will continue to have a free ... society — or whether the state alone will determine who gets to contribute to the common good.'

April 12, 2012

Bishops Issue Statement on Religious Liberty

'An unjust law cannot be obeyed,' they state, in face of growing threats to freedom.

April 4, 2012

Bishops Reiterate That Mandate Recommendations Are ‘Radically Flawed’

A new USCCB memo states that 'protecting a religious organization from being forced to act in conflict with its teaching by depriving it of the ability to act at all is no way to serve religious freedom.'

March 28, 2012

Judge Rules on Constitutionality of Defunded USCCB Contract

Bishops grant to help trafficking victims stated that subcontractors could not provide or refer for abortion services or contraceptive materials for its clients. The District of Massachusetts judge said the case is not about government forcing a religious institution to act contrary to its fundamental beliefs, but about 'the limits of the government’s ability to delegate to a religious institution the right to use taxpayer money to impose its beliefs on others (who may or may not share them).'

March 27, 2012

Vatican Approves 'Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb'

This prayer is intended to support parents awaiting the birth of their child and to encourage prayers for the child in the womb, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says.

March 20, 2012

U.S. Bishops Launch Religious Liberty Prayer Campaign

Campaign centers around new 'Prayer for Religious Liberty.'

March 16, 2012

U.S. Bishops Appeal for Peace in the Middle East

“We insist that peace, which is ultimately a gift of God, must be made the goal of every nation,” said the USCCB in a March 14 statement.

March 7, 2012

Bible Tech Tools, So How Far Can We Go?, Saint Thomas Aquinas Master of the Sacred Page, and more!

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March 7, 2012

Bishops Urge Diplomatic Resolution in Iran Conflict

Bishop Pates: 'A morally responsible non-proliferation strategy must be tied to a clear strategy for reducing and ultimately ending the reliance on nuclear weapons by any country.'

March 5, 2012

'Authentic Teachers' of the Faith

In light of the recent HHS mandate debate, March 11 issue editorial on the bishops' authority to speak for the Church.

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 27, 2012

Cardinal Dolan Joins Protest Over 'Unacceptable' Attack on Religious Liberty

500 signatures are now on Becket Fund for Religious Liberty's petition campaign to protect Americans' First Amendment rights.

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

Bishops Were Not Invited to White House HHS Discussions

Bishop William Lori: "No one from the administration has approached the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops for discussions on this matter of a possible ‘compromise.’"

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 7, 2012

160-Plus Bishops Speak Out Against HHS Mandate

More USCCB statements and USA Today editorial add to action alerts and letters from Catholic shepherds to counter administration's violation of Church beliefs and conscience rights. Updated from Feb. 6.

February 1, 2012

Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua Dies at 88

The Philadelphia archbishop was instrumental in implementing the new Code of Canon Law, serving on the Pro-Life Activities Committee and in immigration services.

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 29, 2012

NEW VIDEO: Dolan Sharply Criticizes HHS Decision

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.

January 20, 2012

HHS Secretary Sebelius: Church Groups Must Provide Contraception

‘We have a year to figure out how to violate our conscience,’ says Cardinal-designate Dolan. All options on the table

December 15, 2011

B16 to Bankers: Promote Life, Solidarity, Subsidiarity, and the Common Good, and much more!

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December 9, 2011

Evangelicals and Religious Liberty

As some ask why Catholics seem to be the only ones fighting for religious freedom, a high-profile theological group prepares to issue statement in early 2012.

December 6, 2011

Ad Targets Obama on Religious-Liberty Issues

Catholic Vote TV spot seeks to influence direction of Health and Human Services mandate.

December 2, 2011

House Investigates HHS Decision to Deny Grants to Bishops' Anti-Trafficking Program

Congressional hearing started Dec. 1.

November 29, 2011

Defending Religious Liberty and the Good

Dec. 4 issue editorial.

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 24, 2011

Feasts and Famines

How a look Eastward can make Americans more thankful — and vigilant

November 21, 2011

President Obama vs. Catholic Conscience

Did the president mislead Catholics in his 2009 Notre Dame speech? Columnists analyze administrations efforts against conscience-protection laws and religious freedom. But pro-life Democrats predict that the federal government will create a broader religious exemption to federal mandates requiring contraception coverage in all new health-care plans.

November 18, 2011

Register Radio: USCCB Meeting and Religious Freedom

Editor Joan Frawley Desmond and Belmont Abbey College President Dr. William Thierfelder

November 18, 2011

Campaign for Human Development Answers Charges

Is the bishops’ anti-poverty program complicit with practices against Church teaching?

November 17, 2011

Archbishop Aymond Clarifies New Missal's Use in Rites Outside of Mass

New Orleans archbishop answered questions at the USCCB meeting.

November 16, 2011

Bishops Urge Senate to Stop Funding Abortions, New USCCB Appointments and Anglican Ordinariate News

'At a time when Congress is tempted to reduce even vitally important programs that serve the poorest and neediest people here and abroad, the moral wrong of expanding subsidies for direct violations of human life and dignity is especially egregious,' Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities for the U.S. bishops’ conference, said in a Nov. 14 letter to senators.

November 15, 2011

Blesseds John Paul II and Marianne Cope Added to U.S. Proper of Saints

More from the USCCB meeting.

November 15, 2011

Archbishop Chaput: 'Religious Freedom Should Be an Election-Year Issue'

November 15, 2011

U.S. Bishops Establish Permanent Subcommittee on Health Care Issues

More on Nov. 14 USCCB vote.

November 15, 2011

Cardinal Wuerl on Religious Freedom, Threats to Marriage, and Welcoming Anglicans Into the Church

U.S. Anglican ordinariate will be official on Jan. 1.

November 15, 2011

The Bishops on Iraq

November 14, 2011

Former Adviser to U.S. Bishops Explains His Resignation

Daniel Avila says he resigned from his position at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops because of his 'desire to see the bishops continue their effective and courageous witness without distraction.'

November 14, 2011

Archbishop Dolan Fires Up Assembly

The Church is 'hardly some ... outmoded club of sticklers.'

November 14, 2011

Live From the U.S. Bishops' General Assembly: Religious Freedom Surfaces as a Key Issue

Archbishop Dolan gives a bold opening address.

November 10, 2011

Bishop Lori: 'Place of God and the Place of Organized Religion ... Has Begun to Erode'

U.S. bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty will meet for the first time Nov. 13.

November 7, 2011

Great Mass Resource for Kids, Siena Cathedral, How to Free a Soul from Purgatory, and much more!

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November 1, 2011

Bishops Urge Senate to Reauthorize Religious-Freedom Commission

'Today the mission of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is more important than ever,' said Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany, N.Y.

November 1, 2011

Bishops Support FCC Proposal

Broadcasters will submit documents about their programming to an online file, which will be available to the public. The proposal was supported by the USCCB.

October 19, 2011

U.S. Bishops Will Discuss Adding John Paul II Prayer to Liturgical Calendar

USCCB will vote on the measure during their upcoming general assembly.

October 17, 2011

HHS Ends Contract With Church Program for Trafficking Victims, Stressing Need for Contraception

A former director of the HHS trafficking program argues that contraceptives may facilitate coercive prostitution.

October 14, 2011

U.S. Bishops and Other Catholic Groups Issue Ad Opposing HHS Mandate

Oct. 11 statement ran in Politico and The Hill in Washington: 'Support access to health care? Protect conscience rights.'

October 14, 2011

Obama Administration Defunds Bishops' Migration and Refugee Services Work

Grant funding cut to the USCCB's campaign against human trafficking after ACLU challenge related to the Church's opposition to abortion and contraception.

October 7, 2011

Register Radio: The New Translation of the Roman Missal

Professor Dr. Edward Sri and Apologist Jimmy Akin

September 28, 2011

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

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September 3, 2011

Holy Obligation to Participate in Politics, Consecrated Virgins, The Real Population Bomb, and more!

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July 28, 2011

U.S. Bishops Pray for Norway

Archbishop Dolan: 'The almost unfathomable tragedy and the deaths of so many innocent people touch the hearts of people all around the world and call us to special prayer for the victims, their families and the people of Norway especially.'

July 2, 2011

12 Degrees of Humility, Finding a Good Man, The 7 Sorrows of Mary, Self-Control, and much more!

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June 20, 2011

New Mass Music Coming to a Church Near You

Parishes will learn settings ahead of full-scale missal implementation, bishops decide.

June 17, 2011

Bishops' 'Made for Life' Video Defends Marriage

Second film in USCCB series to promote the union of one man and one woman.

June 16, 2011

U.S. Bishops Revise Abuse Charter

Updates include new Vatican guidelines to protect children.

June 16, 2011

U.S. Bishops Target Physician-Assisted Suicide

At Seattle meeting, first topic focuses on the human dignity of ill and suffering.

June 2, 2011

Bishops Will Vote on Statement Opposing Assisted Suicide

First priority at upcoming meeting in Seattle.

May 7, 2011

What the Church Has Given the World, How St. Helen Found the True Cross, Veils and Burses, and more!

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February 14, 2011

Bishop Cordileone Fights to Save Marriage

After getting some ‘practice’ in California, Oakland’s shepherd maps out a national plan for Catholics in the public square.

November 16, 2010

Archbishop Timothy Dolan Speaks

The new president of the U.S. bishops’ conference discusses the unexpected election result and the U.S. bishops’ conference’s mission.

November 16, 2010

Getting to Know Archbishop Dolan and Archbishop Kurtz

Get the backstory on the new USCCB president and vice president.

November 16, 2010

Archbishop Timothy Dolan Wins Upset as USCCB President

November 15, 2010

Blogging from the Bishops' General Meeting

November 11, 2010

Elections Do Matter…Especially Among Bishops

July 22, 2010

Thoughts on the USCCB Guide to Social Media

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