(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.
Articles tagged “Obama”
(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. By Daniel Burke.
(RNS) A group of Democratic-leaning Catholics on Wednesday (Feb. 29) released a 2012 voter guide that includes abortion among a range of “pro-life issues,” such as war, euthanasia and poverty, and highlights economic and social justice issues as concerns Catholics should weigh as they consider which candidate to support. By David Gibson.
(RNS) Saying “I'm not anti-Semitic, I'm just telling the truth,” Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan told followers that Jews control the media and entertainment industries, and said President Obama could be assassinated in an inside plot that could be blamed on Muslims. By Omar Sacirbey
(RNS) Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's claim that U.S. colleges drive young adult Christians out of church, was disputed by Protestant and Catholic experts. By Cathy Lynn Grossman.
In recent days, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum has criticized President Obama for having a “phony theology'' not based on the Bible. Here's a sample of five of Obama's most personal statements on Christianity since becoming president. By Daniel Burke.
While challenges to President Obama's contraception rule could take the form of legal and legislative assaults, the White House and the Obama re-election campaign are comfortable with the revised rule, believing most Americans — and particularly most women — are on their side.
President Obama today said that all insurers — not all religious institutions — will be required to offer free contraceptive services to women. Here's what people are saying about it.