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Illinois Catholic Charities foster care programs end

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CNS) — Catholic bishops in Illinois announced Nov. 14 that they were dropping their lawsuit against the state for requiring Catholic Charities agencies to provide their services to same-sex couples. The agencies also will end their adoption and foster care programs, which have been in place for 50 years.

US Supreme Court to hear challenges to federal health care reform law

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Supreme Court Nov. 14 agreed to take three separate cases challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, granting an unusually lengthy time period for oral arguments. The court Nov. 14 agreed to hear three cases out of Florida, each raising questions about different aspects of the national […]

Bishops discuss religious liberty, marriage, finances at annual meeting

BALTIMORE (CNS) — At the start of their annual three-day fall assembly in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops were urged to restore the luster, credibility and beauty of the Catholic Church in the hearts of its members. Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York called on his fellow bishops Nov. 14 to communicate to the world […]

Reclaim truth about Jesus’ Church, Archbishop Dolan tells bishops

BALTIMORE (CNS) — Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York called on his fellow bishops Nov. 14 to communicate to the world that the sinfulness of the Church’s members is not “a reason to dismiss the Church or her eternal truths, but to embrace her all the more.” In his first presidential address since election […]

Bishop Blaire calls for good stewardship to protect God’s gift of air

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (CNS) — The gift of clean air provided by God to humanity deserves to be protected through strong environmental stewardship by making changes in daily life so that fewer pollutants enter the atmosphere, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice Human Development.

Bishops from northeastern US begin ‘ad limina’ visits with prayer

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Praying together at the tombs of the Apostles Peter and Paul and meeting Pope Benedict XVI should be a moment for bishops to reconfirm and strengthen their faith, said Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston.

Bishops urge Senate committee to uphold Defense of Marriage Act

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. bishops have urged the Senate Judiciary Committee not to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA, calling it important for human rights and the common good. “DOMA advances the common good in a manner consistent with the human dignity of all persons,” Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of […]

Bishops’ pro-life official hails House passage of ‘Protect Life Act’

WASHINGTON — The Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) welcomed passage in the House of the ‘Protect Life Act’ (H.R. 358). Sponsored by Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA) and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) and 144 co-sponsors, the Protect Life Act would apply longstanding federal policies on abortion funding, and conscience […]

US bishops’ agency denied federal grant to help trafficking victims

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Since 2006, the U.S. Catholic bishops’  Migration and Refugee Services has helped more than 2,700 victims of human trafficking obtain food, clothing and access to medical care. That service has come to a halt because the agency recently learned it did not receive a new grant award for this work from the […]

Response to bishops’ document gives glimpse of coming political season

WASHINGTON (CNS) — It didn't take long for a number of different perspectives to come to light after the U.S. bishops reissued their 2007 document, "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship," with a new introductory note signed by the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the chairmen of nine USCCB committees.