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August 21, 2012 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Henry Herx, who for more than 30 years prepared the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' movie ratings and wrote reviews that were distributed by the Catholic News Service, has died. He was 79. Herx died Wednesday at his home in Ramsey, N.J., of complications from liver cancer, his family told the Catholic News Service. Herx also edited movie guides, including "Our Sunday Visitor's Family Guide to Movies and Videos," in which he evaluated thousands of titles through the prism of Catholic doctrine and took stock of sexual content, violence and offensive language.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2012 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Henry Herx, who for more than 30 years prepared the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' movie ratings and wrote reviews that were distributed by the Catholic News Service, has died. He was 79. Herx died Wednesday at his home in Ramsey, N.J., of complications from liver cancer, his family told the Catholic News Service. Herx also edited movie guides, including "Our Sunday Visitor's Family Guide to Movies and Videos," in which he evaluated thousands of titles through the prism of Catholic doctrine and took stock of sexual content, violence and offensive language.
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NATIONAL
February 11, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
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.
NATIONAL
February 11, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
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.
NATIONAL
November 17, 2010 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
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.
NEWS
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.)
NATIONAL
April 4, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NATIONAL
March 9, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NATIONAL
December 10, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops during the height of the clergy sex abuse crisis, was appointed by Pope John Paul II to serve as Archbishop of Atlanta, the archdiocese announced. Gregory, 57, who had been serving as bishop in Belleville, Ill., will become Atlanta's sixth archbishop. He succeeds Archbishop John F. Donoghue, 76, who is retiring. Gregory was the first black president of the bishops conference.
NATIONAL
March 22, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling on the White House to end immigration raids that split up families. Cardinal Francis George spoke at an immigrant-rights rally at a northwest Chicago church. His comments were greeted by cheers from the hundreds gathered. The raids are part of stepped-up federal enforcement targeting illegal immigrants. George says stopping the raids would fulfill the administration's promises of working toward immigration reform.
NATIONAL
November 17, 2010 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
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.
OPINION
February 17, 2003
Re "States Follow California's Lead on Priest Abuse," Feb. 13: The general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops apparently believes that investigation of criminal acts by abusive priests will threaten freedom of religion in this country. Poppycock! An abuser is a criminal to be tried and punished. Religion has nothing to do with this type of behavior. Richard A. Hein Fullerton
BUSINESS
November 20, 1997
Despite the Vatican's rescinding meatless Fridays in 1965, fish consumption rose. Now the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is thinking about bringing back meatless Fridays, and environmentalists are concerned about overfishing. A look at per-capita fish consumption in the U.S., in pounds per year: 1996: 14.8 pounds Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service Researched by JENNIFER OLDHAM / Los Angeles Times
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