(RNS) U.S. Catholic bishops, concerned about Obama administration
policies on birth control and gay rights that they say see as an
unprecedented "assault" on the rights of faith groups, have established
a watchdog panel to combat threats to "religious freedom."
(RNS) Is Catholic opposition to the death penalty losing traction as
opposition to abortion, gay marriage, contraception and other causes
become the defining "pro-life" issues for the American hierarchy?
Back in 1905, Max Weber's landmark treatise, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, argued that a Calvinist belief in God's plan for the saved was crucial to the rise of capitalism because it inspired individuals to work hard and earn money as a sign of divine blessing on their lives.
(RNS) A leading Catholic anti-abortion group whose leader is under
scrutiny for failing to disclose financial details reported a $1.4
million deficit in 2010 despite collecting tens of millions of dollars
in donations during recent years.
NEW YORK (RNS) The nation's top Catholic bishop issued a stern challenge
to the Obama administration's decision not to support a federal ban on
gay marriage, and warned the president that his policies could
"precipitate a national conflict between church and state of enormous
(RNS) Just days after prominent anti-abortion activist Rev. Frank Pavone
was ordered to suspend his work as head of Priests for Life, Pavone and
his bishop, Patrick J. Zurek of Amarillo, Texas, are seeking a way out
of the tense standoff.
NEW YORK (RNS) One of the highest profile anti-abortion activists in the
Catholic Church in the United States says he will abide by but appeal a
suspension order from his bishop following allegations of financial
NEW YORK (RNS) Convincing the famously stubborn Mayor Michael Bloomberg
to change his mind could require a minor miracle, but critics hope
enough pressure will convince Bloomberg to allow clergy to speak Sunday
at ceremonies to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
(RNS) The earthquake that rumbled up the East Coast from Virginia on
Tuesday (Aug. 23) "significantly damaged" the central tower of
Washington National Cathedral, shaking carved stone finials from atop
the iconic church.
(RNS) Sending a small band of young people to talk about condoms at
orld Youth Day, the triennial Catholic jamboree that opens in Madrid on
uesday (Aug. 16), sounds like penance, if not a kind of martyrdom.
(RNS) The Obama administration is taking heat from religious groups,
particularly Catholic leaders, upset that new federal health regulations
may force them to pay for employees' birth control, a violation of
NEW YORK (RNS) The principal of a Catholic grade school in the Bronx
that serves mainly black and Latino students has been fired after his
racially charged views about minorities made headlines, and the priest
who hired him apologized for a "mistake in judgment."
(RNS) For many Americans, nothing is as exciting as an impending
apocalypse, except perhaps for the thrill of waking up the next day and
discovering that Armageddon did not arrive and we have been spared.
(RNS) The Vatican's highest-ranking official in the United States,
Archbishop Pietro Sambi, died Wednesday (July 27) night at Johns Hopkins
Medical Center in Baltimore, succumbing to complications from lung
surgery performed a few weeks earlier.
(RNS) The nation's Roman Catholic bishops are urging the GOP-led House
to reject a cuts-only approach to the budget as Washington tries to
avert an unprecedented government default on its multi-trillion-dollar
The mass murders in Oslo have raised a host of agonizing questions, but few have such an ancient lineage and contemporary resonance as whether Anders Behring Breivik, the right-wing extremist behind the attacks that killed 76 Norwegians on July 22, is a Christian.