Crux looks back on US Church in 2017

Tension in the time of Trump

NEW YORK - When Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, offered a prayer at the inauguration of President Donald Trump last January, he stressed that his role at the event was not political, but rather, pastoral. “Many people may have reservations of the president-elect and I certainly do, as with any incoming president,” Dolan told reporters before the inauguration. … [Read more...]

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“A palpable sense of terror is gripping Planned Parenthood and its camp”

President Trump has set about undoing his predecessor’s destructive pro-abortion legacy

We are living through a remarkable time in history. Almost daily, those in influential positions who once appeared untouchable are falling out of popular favor as their abuses are exposed. Earlier this month, one particularly corrupt institution was dealt back-to-back blows: Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business. On Nov. 13, The Hill reported that the FBI … [Read more...]

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President Trump eliminates HHS birth-control mandate

New policy, announced today, allows virtually any employer to claim a religious or moral objection to Obamacare's birth-control coverage requirement

The Trump administration will allow virtually any employer to claim a religious or moral objection to Obamacare's birth control coverage mandate under a sweeping rollback announced Friday. The new policies, which take effect immediately, reignite a fierce battle over one of the health care law's most controversial provisions and quickly drew legal challenges. The requirement … [Read more...]

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Defying Catholic appeals, Trump moves to end DACA program

Calling the program an “unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said administration wants Congress to act

Five years after the Obama administration enacted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, protecting immigrants who entered the United States as minors from deportation, President Donald Trump has decided he will end it if Congress does not come up with a permanent solution before March 5, 2018. The decision was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on … [Read more...]

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President Trump bans transgender people from military service

“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” says the president

President Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States will no longer “accept or allow” transgender people in the United States military, saying American forces “must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory” and could not afford to accommodate them. Mr. Trump made the surprise declaration in a series of posts on Twitter, saying he had come to the decision after … [Read more...]

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Trump won’t issue ‘Pride’ proclamation

President has declined to issue a proclamation designating June as a time for celebration of LGBT Pride, breaking with a tradition started under the Obama administration

President Trump has declined to issue at the start of June a proclamation designating the month as a time for celebration of Pride, breaking with a tradition started under the Obama administration. By the end of the last weekday in May, President Obama each year during his two terms in the White House issued a proclamation recognizing Pride. Trump, on the other hand, has thus … [Read more...]

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‘A slap in the face for the Vatican’

Vatican official says If President Trump takes US out of Paris deal on climate change, “it would be a disaster for everyone"

One of Pope Francis’s closest collaborators in the Vatican’s fight against climate change has called President Donald Trump’s reported plan to pull out of the Paris accord a “disaster” and a “slap in the face for the Vatican.” Argentine Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, said that if … [Read more...]

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Trump administration plans to eliminate contraceptive mandate for religious institutions

No more bullying by the federal government

Federal officials, following through on a pledge by President Trump, have drafted a rule to roll back a federal requirement that many religious employers provide birth control coverage in health insurance plans. The mandate for free contraceptive coverage was one of the most hotly contested Obama administration policies adopted under the Affordable Care Act, and it generated … [Read more...]

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Melania Trump reveals she is Catholic

First Lady shares her faith with the world after meeting Pope Francis

When Melania Trump recited The Lord's Prayer before a Melbourne, Florida presidential rally in February, the Internet went hog wild. Now we know one reason why the first lady began with 'Let us pray' and 'Our Father who art in heaven' when she introduced the president that evening: She's a practicing Roman Catholic. Her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham confirmed that to … [Read more...]

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US bishops distressed by proposed increase in military spending

President Trump’s budget proposal may make deep cuts to Medicaid and other programs, while increasing military spending and immigration enforcement funding

Leading U.S. bishops have expressed serious concerns with President Donald Trump’s reported budget proposals for the 2018 fiscal year, noting among other fears that the proposals would decrease funding for diplomacy efforts while increasing military spending. “The human consequences of budget choices are clear to us as pastors,” leaders of various committees of the U.S. … [Read more...]

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