‘Materially and formally’ cooperating with sin

Cardinal Burke explains why Catholic employers can’t obey Obama administration’s contraception mandate … [Read more...]

We Cannot Give Scorpions

Bishop Vasa, Congressman Fortenberry, Walter Hoye Address Christus Medicus Conference … [Read more...]

Vatican gives the green light

‘Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb’ approved by Rome News release from USCCB WASHINGTON (March 26, 2012) -- The Vatican has approved the publication of the "Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb," which will be printed in English and Spanish in a combined booklet and should be available for parishes by Mothers' Day. The U.S. bishops who collaborated … [Read more...]

“How dare the government”

Californians rally against contraception mandate By Gibbons J. Cooney Special to California Catholic Daily Hundreds of Californians joined their counterparts at more than 140 locations nationwide on Friday, March 23, at “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” rallies held to protest the Obama Administration’s contraception mandate. Across the country, more than 50,000 people … [Read more...]

“We have clarified our policy regarding sterilization”

No more tubal ligations at this Catholic hospital The following are excerpts from a March 11 story in the Napa Valley Register. A link to the full story is provided below. Queen of the Valley Medical Center is tightening its rules regarding tubal ligations -- a permanent form of birth control in which a woman’s fallopian tubes are blocked, tied or cut. Following … [Read more...]

Friday, March 23, Noon to 1 p.m.

Bishops, other religious leaders to participate in massive nationwide protests against Obama Administration’s contraception mandate Bishops from opposite ends of the state are scheduled to participate March 23 in “religious freedom” rallies, part of similar events planned nationwide to protest the Obama Administration’s contraception mandate. Oakland Bishop Salvatore … [Read more...]

Dishing out dissidence

Week after speaking at meeting of discredited ministry to homosexuals, USD professor headed to L.A. Religious Education Congress A dissident University of San Diego theology professor who spoke at the recently concluded New Ways Ministry conference in Baltimore, Maryland, is also scheduled to present two workshops at the upcoming 2012 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress … [Read more...]

“Catholic Green Initiative”

San Jose bishop asks parishioners to take ‘Saint Francis Pledge’ on Earth Day The following letter by San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath has been posted to the diocesan website. It is dated March 9. Dear Friends, In 2009, the Diocese of San Jose formed the Catholic Green Initiative and asked all parishioners to sign the “Saint Francis Pledge.” With this Initiative, we … [Read more...]

Lopsided

How the NY Times frames the debate on the HHS mandate The following excerpts come from a March 13 post on Get Religion.com. Now that we’re approaching two months of lopsided coverage on the matter, and just after a couple of weeks of particularly histrionic “war on women” coverage, I wanted to point out a couple of stories as well as a couple of polls. Last week, Karen … [Read more...]

“Use of force must always be a last resort”

Bishops urge caution on handling Iran’s nuclear threat News release from USCCB WASHINGTON -- The U.S. bishops urged U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to work to reduce nuclear arms and maintain security in the Middle East in a March 2 letter about Iran from Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines. Bishop Pates chairs the Committee on International Justice and Peace … [Read more...]