Debate over ‘Faithful Citizenship’ at meeting of U.S. bishops

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy: 'Faithful Citizenship' “doesn’t reflect the full-bodied teachings of Pope Francis,” document undermines current thinking in the Church "by its tendentious use of ‘intrinsic evil"

What some expected would be a brisk vote turned out to be a lengthy discussion at the USCCB general assembly meeting on Thursday, covering the future of the bishops’ guide to political engagement, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. At the end of the vigorous discussion, when the bishops eventually voted on the action item June 14 in Ft. Lauderdale, 77 percent … [Read more...]

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Created male and female

US bishops join other faith leaders in letter affirming "the goodness of the creation of humanity as male or female"

Following the USCCB General Assembly in November 2017, a group of ecumenical and interfaith partners gathered with bishops of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage to discuss gender ideology. As a result of this discussion, faith leaders today issued an open letter entitled "Created Male and Female". Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. of Philadelphia, … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Naumann elected US bishops’ pro-life committee chair

Seen as endorsement of St. John Paul II's “culture of life” approach

Urgent appeal from California Catholic Daily staff Dear California Catholic Daily reader, This coming year, we hope to bring you even more original stories and videos about the Church in California. We intend to do this as part-time staff spread throughout the state — on a limited budget. However, in order to stay afloat, we need more of our readers to donate. You … [Read more...]

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Keep the welfare programs and remove tax cuts for rich, says USCCB

"This proposal appears to be the first federal income tax modification in American history that will raise income taxes on the working poor while simultaneously providing a large tax cut to the wealthy"

Proposed tax legislation under consideration in Congress needs many changes to avoid further harming the poor, the U.S. bishops have said. “Doubling the standard deduction will help some of those in poverty to avoid tax liability, and this is a positive good contained in the bill,” they said. “However, as written, this proposal appears to be the first federal income tax … [Read more...]

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‘Progressive’ archbishop in the running to head U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee

Cardinal Blasé Cupich of Chicago will face Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City next month in an election to chair the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities

 Cardinal Blase Cupich, regarded as one of the “progressives” in the Catholic Church hierarchy, is in the running to head the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee. Cupich will face Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, next month in an election to chair the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities. The USCCB will vote on the pro-life … [Read more...]

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US bishops unhappy with Obamacare repeal bill passed by House

Bishop Frank J. Dewane, chairman of U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on Senate to strip out 'the harmful provisions of the bill'

The House passed a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and a replacement health care bill on Thursday, but one bishop warned that the new bill poses serious problems for the vulnerable. Bishop Frank Dewane, chair of the domestic justice committee for the U.S. bishops' conference, said the legislation “still contains major defects, particularly regarding changes to Medicaid that … [Read more...]

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Follow the money trail

Over the past nine years, the USCCB has received $534,788,660 in taxpayer money for refugee resettlement programs, leading some to question bishops' motives in opposing President Trump's beleaguered refugee policy

Is a conflict of interest behind some of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ strong criticisms of President Trump’s immigration policy, in particular his two temporary travel bans? That’s the question being raised by a number of experts in foreign policy and Catholic charitable work, including a former adviser to President Bush and a leading figure in conservative Catholic media. These … [Read more...]

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LMU ethics professor appointed consultant to U.S. bishops

Professor Christopher Kaczor named as one of four doctrinal consultants to the USCCB's doctrine committee

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has appointed philosophy professor Christopher Kaczor as a doctrinal consultant to its Doctrine Committee. Kaczor will be one of four doctrinal consultants who advise the U.S. Catholic bishops as they shape church policy and teaching. Kaczor will serve as the committee’s primary consultant on ethics. Kaczor is a … [Read more...]

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U.S. bishop rips Church teaching on homosexuality

‘That was not Jesus’ approach’

The following comes from a December 23 LifeSiteNews article by Pete Baklinski: A U.S. bishop first appointed last year by Pope Francis is defending his decision to speak at a gay activist conference in April 2017 put on by a “Catholic” group condemned by the Vatican. The bishop argues that he is following the pope’s example of being “merciful” while reaching out to those in … [Read more...]

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Staffer tied to abortion, gay ‘marriage’ advocacy resigns from U.S. bishops-linked climate group

Sarah Spengeman, director of programs for Catholic Climate Covenant, had been featured in San Diego newspaper article headlined: "Catholic leaders: climate change on same level as abortion and death penalty"

The following comes from a December 19 LifeSiteNews article by Lisa Bourne: An employee of a climate change non-profit associated with the U.S. Bishops has resigned after publicly advocating that opposition to the disputed notion of climate change is as important as the sanctity of human life while also apparently supporting other issues that contravene Catholic … [Read more...]

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