(RNS) U.S. Catholic bishops have voiced doubts about the Obama administration's plans to modify a mandate that employers provide free birth control coverage, and they are vowing a new campaign to rally Americans to defend religious freedom. By David Gibson.
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(RNS) The Catholic bishop leading the hierarchy's push against the White House's contraception mandate says the bishops hope to re-start contentious talks with the Obama administration but says church leaders “have gotten mixed signals from the administration” and the situation “is very fluid.” By David Gibson.
(RNS) It's never been easy for us to determine the boundary line between individual rights and civic responsibility. But it doesn't help when pundits resort to name-calling, nor when complexities are reduced to bumper-sticker sound bites. By James Calvin Davis.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI on Friday (March 9) denounced the “powerful political and cultural currents” that are working to “alter the legal definition of marriage” in the United States. By Alessandro Speciale.
(RNS) as the U.S. hierarchy stakes its claim as the first and final arbiter of the Catholic position in this hotly contested battle, the bishops are also facing a number of internal challenges. Left unchecked, they could undermine the bishops' position and weaken their future standing if they are seen as losing their faceoff with the White House. By David Gibson.
(RNS) The Obama administration is pushing back against charges by the nation's top Catholic bishop that talks to create a broader religious exemption from a controversial birth control coverage mandate are “going nowhere,” and that White House officials are dismissing the central role of the bishops. By David Gibson.
(RNS) The Senate voted 51-48 on Thursday (March 1) against an amendment that would have allowed health insurers and employers to refuse to provide services that violate their religious or moral beliefs.
(RNS) Anti-abortion zealots are behaving like radical Islamists: trying to balance society's moral ledger by scapegoating women and taking away their freedom. The abortion debate isn't about the unborn, it's about insecure men demanding the right to control women's lives.
Jeremy Lin does it again, and Tim Tebow may need a new nickname. Tim Dolan also (hearts) NY, and will tell pope why. China snubs Washington's religious freedom envoy, Oliver Stone becomes a Muslim — sorta. Hutaree militia was hunting the antichrist, not the Feds.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans are split on a federal mandate requiring nearly all employers — even institutions with strong religious affiliations — to provide insurance covering contraception. By Lauren Markoe.