Dolan on Obama meeting: “Extraordinarily friendly”

The head of the USCCB spoke with reporters the other day about his recent meeting at the White House. Details: The standoff between the White House and the nation’s Catholic bishops over gay marriage and other hot-button issues may be easing after a quiet Oval Office meeting between President Obama and the head of the [Read More...]

Is the Obama White House anti-Catholic?

After looking at the controversial dispute over some HHS funding that has made headlines, one writer takes a closer look: You can argue Catholic bishops have a legitimate beef with HHS on this grant, but the Obama administration has not exactly put the freeze on Catholic groups or turned its back on engaging Catholic organizations. [Read More...]

Morning must-read: on HHS, Catholics and conscience

Sister Mary Ann Walsh at the USCCB offers this eyebrow-raising overview of a story in yesterday’s Washington Post: The most memorable line since Richard Nixon’s “I am not a crook” has just come out of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Ta da: “ I’m not trying to get anyone off the [Read More...]

How Catholics could affect the GOP race for president

Catholics — making up about a quarter of the Republican primary electorate — could form a formidable voting bloc in the months ahead.  And so TIME magazine looks at some of the choices: There is no natural fit for the conservative Catholic voter. Or, as Deal Hudson, who directed Catholic outreach for both Bush/Cheney campaigns, [Read More...]

Was Jesus a conservative?

Herman Cain argues as much, in a column he wrote last Christmas that’s getting wider circulation this week: Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain wrote last December in a RedState column titled “The Perfect Conservative” that Jesus was killed by a “liberal court.” The column claims Jesus as a conservative. “He helped the poor without one [Read More...]

Bishop on "Faithful Citizenship": "We felt it was important to keep it intact"

One of the bishops who worked on that landmark document explains why it was not rewritten this year: Four years after the bishops’ overwhelming approval of their teaching document “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” key leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops did not feel that they needed to reinvent the wheel. The document [Read More...]

"Faithful Citizenship" reissued, with new introduction

This just in, from the USCCB: A new introduction to the U.S. bishops’ document on political responsibility reminds Catholics that some issues “involve the clear obligation to oppose intrinsic evils which can never be justified,” while others “require action to pursue justice and promote the common good.” The brief Introductory Note to the 2011 reissue [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words

Vice President Joseph Biden blesses himself after receiving communion at the memorial Mass for Archbishop Pietro Sambi on 14 September 2011. Photo: by CNS/Leslie E. Kossoff [Okay.  This has gone far enough.  Comments now closed. -- Ed.] [Read more...]

The pro-life party? — UPDATED

I saw parts of last night’s debate and was surprised by this response, too: A bit of a startling moment happened near the end of Monday night’s CNN debate when a hypothetical question was posed to Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). What do you tell a guy who is sick, goes into a coma and doesn’t [Read More...]

"Faithful Citizenship"? What's that?

With another presidential election year looming, a new poll suggests most Catholics are unaware that America’s bishops have published guidelines for voting — and those who do know about it, don’t care: Every four years, the Catholic bishops of the United States publish a detailed statement about how Catholics should think about key political issues [Read More...]


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