February 11, 2012 |
Catholic bishops say they remain opposed to President Obama's plan to require insurers to provide free birth control, even if religiously affiliated employers such as Catholic hospitals and universities aren't forced to pay for it. "The only complete solution to this religious liberty problem is for HHS [the Department of Health and Human Services] to rescind the mandate of these objectionable services," the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a statement. The statement, issued late Friday, makes clear that the bishops' opposition goes beyond the "religious freedom" dispute that had riled Washington in recent weeks.
November 17, 2010 |
The nation's Catholic bishops bucked decades of tradition Tuesday to select Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York as their new leader, cementing his reputation as a star of the American church and prompting some commentators to suggest that the U.S. Catholic hierarchy may be turning rightward. Dolan's election as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops "signaled a clear ascendancy of the conservative bloc," the National Catholic Reporter said. Others, however, said it primarily reflected Dolan's personal charisma.
February 21, 2014 |
HARLINGEN, Texas - They come from Central America with slips of paper sewn into their pockets bearing names they are sometimes too young to spell. Parents send them with Bibles, rosaries and small wooden crosses in their backpacks. The flood of undocumented immigrants has slowed compared to five years ago - likely due to tighter border enforcement and the economic downturn in the U.S. - but in its place is a new immigration surge even more confounding: children and teenagers traveling through the rugged border lands into south Texas, lured by the promise of safety.
November 15, 2009
Healthcare bill and abortion: In a Nov. 8 article about an abortion funding provision in the House healthcare overhaul bill, a statement in support of the bill by Catholics United was misattributed to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. (Both groups endorsed the bill.)
April 4, 2008 |
During his first papal trip to the United States, Pope Benedict XVI will visit a synagogue led by a rabbi who survived the Holocaust, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said. Benedict will make a brief stop April 18 at Manhattan's Park East Synagogue, whose leader, Rabbi Arthur Schneier, lived under Nazi occupation in Budapest.
March 9, 2006 |
A woman has filed a claim alleging that she was sexually abused 40 years ago by Bishop William Skylstad, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops and leader of the Spokane Diocese. Skylstad issued a statement categorically denying the accusation, saying he has not violated the vow of celibacy he took 47 years ago.