US bishops unanimously reaffirm opposition to HHS mandate

Baltimore, Md., Nov 14, 2013 / 03:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At their annual fall gathering in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops issued a message voicing their continued opposition to the federal contraception mandate and the threats that it poses to religious liberty.“We stand together as pastors charged with proclaiming the Gospel in its entirety. That Gospel calls us to feed the poor, heal the sick, and educate the young, and in so doing witness to our faith in its fullness,” noted the … [Read more...]

Priest formerly of Newark agrees to seek laicization

Newark, N.J., Nov 14, 2013 / 02:05 am (CNA).- A priest formerly of the Newark archdiocese, accused of sexual abuse, will apply to be removed from the priesthood instead of facing criminal prosecution after breaking an agreement to avoid youth ministry. Father Michael Fugee, 52, entered a new agreement with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office that included laicization, the New Jersey Star-Ledger said. The agreement was announced Nov. 8. Fr. Fugee was accused of sexually abusing a … [Read more...]

US bishops’ new leaders commit to protecting human dignity

Baltimore, Md., Nov 13, 2013 / 05:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The incoming leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference voiced a commitment to reaching out in love to defend human life and dignity wherever it is threatened in the modern culture.“We’re responding to where the need is,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., the president-elect of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.At a Nov. 12 press conference during the U.S. bishops’ annual fall … [Read more...]

Church’s poverty work merits recognition, cardinal says

Baltimore, Md., Nov 13, 2013 / 04:56 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has said that the Catholic Church’s work in addressing poverty in the United States needs to be made “front and center” in people’s minds. “The U.S. bishops’ conference is very engaged in all of these issues, in Catholic Relief Services, immigration, Catholic Charities, but unfortunately those kinds of things fade into the background,” the cardinal told the Boston … [Read more...]

US bishops to address ‘pervasive’ challenges of pornography

Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2013 / 04:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops have overwhelmingly approved the creation of a statement on pornography to address the “serious pastoral challenges” and consequences that it poses on a spiritual, social and personal level.“Pornography comes in many forms but leaves its effects on all those exploited by or exposed to it. It is a great temptation that ravages men, women and children,” Bishop Richard J. Malone, chairman-elect of … [Read more...]

Bishops create new staff position to aid post-abortion healing

Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2013 / 03:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops have voted to add a bishops’ conference staff member to work with the post-abortion healing ministry Project Rachel at a national level, citing growing demand for help. “Over the past several years, diocesan interest in and expansion of post-abortion healing ministries have dramatically increased,” Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, the chair of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life activities … [Read more...]

Bishops extend initiative for life, marriage, religious liberty

Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2013 / 01:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops have voted overwhelmingly to continue their “Call to Prayer” aimed at the promotion of life, marriage and religious freedom.“The work of the New Evangelization requires prayer and ongoing conversion,” said Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.Addressing the gathering of U.S. bishops at … [Read more...]