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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Cardinal Daniel DiNardo elected president of U.S. bishops

Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez chosen as vice president, LA auxiliary Robert Barron elected chairman of Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis

The following comes from a November 15 USCCB press release: BALTIMORE—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) during today's annual fall General Assembly in Baltimore. Cardinal DiNardo has served as vice president of the USCCB since 2013. Archbishop Jose Gomez was elected as USCCB vice … [Read more...]

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Three California bishops seek USCCB posts

Oakland Bishop Michael Barber, San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy and Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron among nominees for committee posts

The following comes from an October 17 USCCB press release: WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will be voting for the chairman-elect of five standing committees at the upcoming annual 2016 General Assembly taking place November 14-16 in Baltimore, Maryland. Each bishop elected will serve for one year as chairman-elect before beginning a three-year … [Read more...]

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