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HHS offers new contraceptive insurance options, broadening exemptions

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Exemptions from certain requirements for contraceptive coverage in the Affordable Care Act will be broadened to include many more types of religious institutions and accommodate the needs of self-insured church entities.

Once more into the immigration law process: a familiar road

WASHINGTON (CNS) — They’ve been down this road before — trying to pass a far-reaching reform of the U.S. immigration system. The last time Congress passed a substantial immigration reform law in 1986, then-Father Nicholas DiMarzio, as director of Migration and Refugee Services for the U.S. Catholic bishops, was a part of coalition-building among interest […]

Cardinal Mahony relieved of public duties for past failure to protect children

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Cardinal Roger M. Mahony will “no longer have any administrative or public duties” as retired archbishop of Los Angeles because of past failures to protect children from clergy sex abuse, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez announced Jan. 31. The archbishop’s statement came the same day the archdiocese released 12,000 pages of personnel […]

Priests offer tips for Catholics long absent from the confessional

WASHINGTON (CNS) — After “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned” — even if they get that far — there are millions of Catholics who don’t exactly know what to say next. This is especially true for Catholics who have not gone to confession in years, or even decades. Despite parishes and dioceses inviting inactive […]

Archdiocese of Milwaukee seeks court relief to avoid financial woes

MILWAUKEE (CNS) — Nearly 25 months into the Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee continues to seek an answer to the question it has asked throughout the process: Who is eligible to make a claim? “How else are you going to satisfy them if you don’t know who has a claim?” Jerry Topczewski, […]

Experts, activists address effects of 40 years of legal abortion

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- To Gerard Bradley, leading constitutional scholar and professor at the University of Notre Dame's law school, "abortion is the greatest civil rights issue of our time." Bradley was one of several speakers from the legal and medical fields who joined activists at the National Press Club in Washington for a conference on "The Future of Roe: Women, Health and Law in the Obama Era," sponsored by Americans United for Life.

Harbaugh parents know one son’s team will win, another will lose in Super Bowl

BALTIMORE (CNS) — When the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving night in 2011 — and John Harbaugh beat younger brother, Jim, in the first NFL matchup of coaching brothers — Jack Harbaugh peeked into the Ravens’ locker room after the game. Jack Harbaugh, John and Jim’s father, was impressed by how […]

Musial recalled as a man who made ‘nobodies’ feel like ‘somebodies’

ST. LOUIS (CNS) -- A funeral Mass Jan. 26 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis for Stan Musial -- "a true American hero" -- brought comfort to those mourning the loss and a call for others to emulate his life of kindness to all. (Watch videos of Bishop Richard Stika's homily and broadcaster Bob Costas' words of remembrance.)

Judge calls HHS suit filed by Washington archdiocese and others, ‘premature’

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Jan. 25 dismissed a lawsuit filed against the federal contraceptive mandate by the Archdiocese of Washington and its co-plaintiffs, saying the case is premature in light of the government’s “promises to amend the mandate.” “Importantly, this ruling was not based on the merits […]

At annual March for Life, crowds show endurance, passion to continue

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Participants at the annual March for Life in Washington Jan. 25 demonstrated just how determined they are not only by showing up in such large numbers on a bitter cold day but by continuing a 40-year tradition of protesting the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion. “Forty years ago, people thought opposition […]