The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on January 29 filed amicus briefs in the United States Supreme Court in support of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8, both of which confirm the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
The U.S. Catholic bishops are planning to launch a five-part strategy or “call to prayer” after Christmas which will invite Catholics to pray for rebuilding a culture of life and for increased protections of religious liberty.
These reflections and readings from the Vatican II document Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignitatis Humanae) are intended for daily use during the Fortnight for Freedom, a national campaign designated by the U.S. Catholic bishops for teaching and witness in support of religious liberty. The readings and the questions that follow can be used for group discussion or for personal reflection. Read the rest…
Political strategists are warning that the U.S. bishops planned two weeks of protest in June and July could lead to powerful images of nuns and priests being led away in handcuffs, scenes that could have an enormous impact on the 2012 presidential election.
While commenting on the problems in Catholic parishes caused by Girl Scout programs that are associated with Planned Parenthood, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend revealed that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is in the process of investigating these problems.
With tensions between the Church and the Obama Administration at an all time high, President Barack Obama is said to have met “quietly” with New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan last week in an effort to “reach out” to faith leaders in advance of the 2012 election.
The leaders of 20 national Catholic organizations have published a joint statement protesting the “preventive services” mandate issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in two major Capitol Hill newspapers.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
In a statement to mark Respect Life Month, October 2010, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston addressed direct threats to human life and called Catholics to “constantly witness to the inestimable worth and dignity of each human life through a loving concern for the good of others.” He also encouraged participation in the worldwide “Vigil for All Nascent Human Life” called for by Pope Benedict XVI at the start of Advent.
Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
A well-known dissenting theologian is mocking plans by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to sponsor a special conference on the Liturgical and Pastoral Practice of Exorcism in Baltimore this November just before the bishops’ semiannual meeting.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
The U.S. Bishops have sent a letter to Congress expressing their opposition to the federal Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA), a bill which they say poses serious danger to marriage and will trample on the rights of those who speak the truth about homosexuality.