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June 13, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
ATLANTA - The nation's Roman Catholic bishops have long prided themselves on being political without being partisan, throwing themselves into the scrum of public affairs without aligning themselves with one party or the other. Now, some Catholics are beginning to wonder out loud whether the bishops have abandoned their historic nonpartisanship - or, at least, are at risk of being seen that way - as they press forward with a vigorous campaign against contraception provisions in President Obama's healthcare plan.
April 24, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A week after suffering a stroke, Roman Catholic Bishop Cirilo Flores remains in the hospital "undergoing treatment and tests," the San Diego diocese said Thursday. The bishop "expects to go home from the hospital in the near future for continued recovery," said Msgr. Steven Callahan, the diocese vicar general. Flores, 65, suffered the stroke April 16 while in his office at the Pastoral Center. "Bishop Flores is grateful for all who have been praying for his recovery to good health," Callahan said.
June 17, 2012
Re "Losing faith in nonpartisanship?," June 13, and "Bishops defend their fight," June 14 What am I missing? I thought the exercise of faith meant doing what you believed to be right in spite of temptation. Generally, Mormons don't smoke or drink even when cigarettes or alcohol are offered to them. Why don't American bishops trust Roman Catholics not to use contraceptives even when they're free? Religious freedom is being able to act on our beliefs without being coerced or denied that right of choice.
April 18, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Authorities say the killing on March 1, 1976, began after William Bradford Bishop Jr. learned he'd been passed over for a promotion at the State Department earlier in the day. Bishop had been receiving psychiatric care for depression and suffered from insomnia when, the FBI alleges, he took a hammer to his wife, mother and kids at their home in Bethesda, Md. His wife, Annette; his 68-year-old mother, Lobelia; and three sons - William Bradford III,...
November 11, 1985
What those critics of the bishops and many others fail to realize is that the bishops, as Christians, tend to view things in what appears to be a rather narrow and unrealistic perspective. It's not a question of being a socialist, communist, liberal, conservative, or belief in free enterprise; but rather of having a Christian outlook and a Christian mentality concerning social issues. Christian teachings have always seemed impractical to the vast majority, and indeed they are if one considers politics, economics and material goods more important.
April 26, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - In a strong message of solidarity, Muslim clerics across Damascus on Friday denounced the kidnapping earlier this week of a pair of Syrian Christian bishops abducted at gunpoint. Imams and preachers at mosques throughout the Syrian capital said in Friday sermons that  the kidnappers were  “violating the sanctity of Christian and Islamic clergymen,” the official Syrian Arab News Agency reported. Greek Orthodox Archbishop Paul Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim were abducted Monday when gunmen stopped their vehicle near the battleground northern city of Aleppo, where both are based.
June 16, 2012 | By Paul Thornton
Each week, The Times' editorial and opinion pages receive a few thousand emails sent to, most of which are spam, messages sent as part of letter-writing campaigns and more. After deleting those messages, I'm usually left with 500 to 1,000 usable letters to the editor to consider for six weekly pages. Between 60 and 70 letters end up running in the paper during any given week. Here is a snapshot of this week's mailbag. 598 The number of usable letters to the editor submitted between 10 a.m. Friday, June 8, and 10 a.m. this past Friday.
November 20, 2012 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON -- The Church of England Synod on Tuesday voted down a measure to consecrate women as bishops, ending for now 12 years of debate on a question that has caused deep divisions between traditionalists and liberals and caused some members to flee to the Roman Catholic Church. The 470 participants of the annual synod were divided into three houses - bishops, clergy and laity, with a two-thirds majority in each house needed to pass the resolution. While a wide majority of bishops and clergy voted in favor, the laity vote, 132 to 74, caused the motion to just fall short of approval.
August 1, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
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.
February 13, 2013 | By Michael McGough
In Pittsburgh, where I was born and lived for most of my life, Ash Wednesday was a powerful reminder of just how Catholic that city was. On the first day of Lent, downtown streets and office buildings teemed with people with dusky foreheads, a kind of religious census by smudge. But ashes aren't just for Roman Catholics anymore . When I emerged from the Foggy Bottom Metro station Wednesday morning, I encountered a bishop in miter and flowing purple cope affixing ashes to passersby, a reminder to them that from dust they came and to dust they will return.  I knew it wasn't a Roman Catholic rite because the bishop was a woman, the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde of the Washington Episcopal Diocese.
April 5, 2014 | By Michael McGough
In a dramatic show of support for immigration reform, some U.S. Roman Catholic bishops celebrated Mass Tuesday at the border fence in Nogales, Ariz. The ceremony produced some poignant imagery, including the bishops' distribution of Holy Communion through gaps in the fence's steel slats. In his homily , Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston invoked Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan and the Epistle to the Hebrews. The author of that New Testament letter, he noted, “urges us to practice hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.” Without actually using that hackneyed catchphrase, O'Malley asked: What would Jesus do about immigrants who come to this country without permission?
April 1, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
NOGALES, Ariz. - It had been years since Maria Miranda of Tucson attended Catholic Mass with her son Jorge Lopez.  Tuesday they finally did. But they were separated by the U.S.-Mexico border fence in southern Arizona. "I'm just a couple of bars, a couple steps away from her," the 35-year-old said he told himself. "There's a fence but it's the same ground. " At one point Lopez even forgot he was on the Mexican side. He forgot about his banishment from the U.S. He forgot about how immigration officials, he says, denied him an extension to his green card and finally caught up with him at work three years ago and deported him. Lopez was one of an estimated 300 people who gathered at the border fence in Nogales to attend a transnational Mass led by Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston and bishops from across the West and Southwest, including Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle; Gerald F. Kicanas, bishop of Tucson; Mark Seitz, bishop of El Paso; and Oscar Cantu, bishop of Las Cruces, N.M. The Mass to celebrate the lives of those who have died crossing the U.S.-Mexico border is an attempt by the Catholic Church to call on President Obama to use his executive powers to limit deportations of people who are in the country illegally.
March 31, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 In a consolation game of the Boras Classic on Monday, Scott Hurst had three RBIs and Christian Moya contributed three hits in Bishop Amat's 9-1 win over San Fernando. Cypress defeated Grossmont, 7-1. Isaiah Parra had a home run and James Acuna struck out six in six innings. Great Oak defeated Gardena Serra, 12-3. Brandon Stewart had two hits. In the final game of the first round for the championshp bracket, San Dimas defeated Aliso Niguel, 3-2. Josh Avila struck out three and walked none in six innings.
March 30, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Now that a seemingly never-ending high school basketball season is over, the next season can begin. That would be travel ball. And let the transfer season begin too. If you think one-and-done is popular in college, then get ready for one-and-done in high school basketball. Those are the players who spend one year at a high school, then move on to the next best deal. The CIF doesn't seem to mind. Its approach is, we'll send you to the Open Division to compete against the other schools who want to win badly.
March 29, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
SACRAMENTO -- Let the trash talking begin in the Thompson household. Junior guard Stephen Thompson Jr. and his younger brother, freshman guard Ethan, haven't been able to challenge their father, Stephen Sr., who won two state titles at Crenshaw High in 1985 and 1986. On Saturday at Sleep Train Arena, the Thompson brothers came through with 20 and 14 points, respectively, to help Torrance Bishop Montgomery defeat Hayward Moreau Catholic, 85-44, in the Division IV state final. It was the largest margin of victory in state final history.
March 29, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Let the trash talking begin in the Thompson household. Stephen Thompson Jr. and his younger brother, Ethan, haven't been able to challenge their father, Stephen Sr., who won two state titles during his days at Crenshaw High in 1985 and 1986. On Saturday at Sleep Train Arena, the Thompson brothers came through with 20 and 14 points, respectively, to help Torrance Bishop Montgomery defeat Hayward Moreau Catholic, 85-44, in the Division IV state final. It was the largest margin of victory in state final history.
March 29, 2014 | By Steve Galluzzo
Bishop Montgomery didn't just defeat Moreau Catholic, 85-44, to capture the Division IV state championship at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, it set a record in the process. The Knights' 41-point blowout is the largest margin of victory in state finals history, eclipsing the previous mark of 36, which was reached twice -- both times in Division IV.   Stephen Thompson led the way with 20 points, four assists, three steals and two blocks for Bishop Montgomery (28-6), which built a 17-point halftime lead.  Bishop Montgomery out-rebounded the Mariners, 50-35, didn't allow a three-point basket, made 13 of 15 free throws and forced 22 turnovers.  Ethan Thompson had 14 points, Justin Bibbins had 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists and Christian Oshita added nine points for the Knights, who won their third state title in four finals appearances.
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