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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

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The Best in Catholic Blogging

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.

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