August 1, 2012 |
The intersection of politics and religion can sometimes resemble one of those spaghetti freeway interchanges. Cars go in and cars go out, but not always in ways you might expect. Take the recent case of the fight between President Obama and the nation's Roman Catholic bishops. A new poll has found that Catholics who are familiar with the issue tend to side overwhelmingly with the bishops. That is, they agree that the Obama administration is threatening their religious liberty by mandating that some church-affiliated institutions, such as schools and hospitals, provide free contraceptive services to their employees, in violation of church teachings.
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June 17, 2010
Thomas W. Ludlow Ashley Ohio congressman fought poverty Thomas W. Ludlow Ashley, 87, a former Ohio congressman who spent 26 years in Washington and was a strong advocate for public housing, died Tuesday of melanoma at his home in Leland, Mich. A Democrat known as "Lud," Ashley represented the Toledo, Ohio, area for 13 terms in the U.S. House from 1955 to 1981 and put a priority on fighting poverty in urban areas. Ashley's great-grandfather, James Ashley, served in Congress from 1859 to 1869 as a Republican and helped shape the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery.
April 13, 2008 |
American Catholics said in a new survey that they were pleased with the leadership of Pope Benedict XVI, ahead of his visit to New York, the first in the U.S. since his election. The study found intense interest in faith among some young people. Yet few parishioners overall said they go to confession, and most believed they could be good Roman Catholics without going to Mass. The poll was commissioned by the nation's bishops and conducted in February by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University.
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November 20, 2006 |
In an event that mixed moments of sadness and exuberance, Roman Catholic members of the Vietnamese American community gathered Sunday to remember the difficult origins of their faith and celebrate their current triumphs. Nearly 5,000 people arrived at the UC Irvine Bren Events Center for the annual Mass celebrating the Vietnamese martyrs. The 117 martyrs, canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1988, were killed during the persecution of Catholics in Vietnam from 1798 until 1861.
May 14, 2005
Michael McGough's commentary ("Grappling With Catholic Feng Shui," May 9) is the latest version of what's become a treasured fairy tale among conservative Catholics: that all the troubles and challenges confronting the church can be blamed on the openness of Vatican II. In this little bit of make-believe, Catholics worldwide were frightened by the scary forest of freedoms that evolved from that period -- so we all left the church and now drift helplessly,...
April 21, 2005
It became clear shortly after Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was chosen that liberals and some in the media decided that it would be politically incorrect to like the new pope. I'm so glad that the Holy Spirit did not consult them before dispensing his infinite wisdom upon the College of Cardinals. Benedict XVI is a brilliant, prayerful and humble man who will surprise many people during his papacy. Long may he reign. Michael Marasco Glendale I'd like to think I'm not the only American Catholic who watched the election of a successor to Pope John Paul II hoping the church's new leader would be someone able and willing to guide its faithful in a direction more closely aligned to Jesus' message of forgiveness, compassion and redemption for all. Disappointingly (but hardly surprising)