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November 17, 2012
I and many other active Catholics, and apparently including many in the clergy, are becoming more and more disgusted with our bishops. If marriage is only between a man and a woman according to natural law, and it is the most perfect way to live in family as human beings, as they proclaim, why have they wasted so many millions on interfering with state law and not working on a real problem in their own backyard. Why don't they have the courage to stand up and campaign against the "mandatory celibacy law" of our own priests - surely this is against the natural law, and it certainly didn't come from Jesus.
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NEWS
January 23, 2014
I recently read The Sun article, "Notre Dame Prep rejects alumna's same-sex wedding announcement" (Jan. 15), regarding the omission of Sarah Rupert-Sullivan's wedding announcement. I would like to offer my assistance in helping Notre Dame Preparatory School edit its publication policy so it may be aligned with Catholic doctrine. Although same-sex marriage is a very charged topic, we are fortunate that our Catholic beliefs provide us with a path that can guide us to a course of action that is right and just.
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NEWS
November 15, 2012
Commentator John Gehring asserts that Catholic hospitals and universities would not have to pay for birth control coverage for their employees under an accommodation with the Obama administration that requires insurance companies to pick up the tab ("Finding common ground," Nov. 12). This is not true. Neither the Affordable Care Act nor the finalized implementing regulations contain any such provision. Rather, that arrangement is discussed in the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published by the Department of Health and Human Services in March, which is not law. It is true that the president held a press conference to announce the proposed compromise, commonly referred to as the "accommodation.
HEALTH
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | January 1, 2014
A Roman Catholic order of nuns who care for the elderly poor was hopeful Wednesday after the Supreme Court temporarily blocked an Obamacare provision that would have required it to authorize birth control coverage for employees starting with the new year. The Obama administration has allowed some religious nonprofits to sidestep the so-called contraception mandate by filing a form that would allow a third-party administrator to provide the coverage at no cost to the organization.
FEATURES
By Matthew Hay Brown | matthew.brown@baltsun.com | November 18, 2009
The nation's Catholic bishops approved a broad new document on marriage Tuesday, laying what its writers described as the foundation for the American church's efforts to promote the institution as the joining of one man and one woman. "Thank goodness this is out there, clearly stated, with ample documentation and very reasonably put forward," said Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien of Baltimore, which is hosting the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this week.
NEWS
February 12, 2012
The argument by Catholic bishops and other conservatives that providing contraception and reproductive health services for all women is a denial of Catholics' religious freedom is without merit ("O'Brien's quixotic fight," Feb. 9). The law is not forcing anyone to use contraception. It is saying it should be available without cost for those who want it, even those employed by religious-run institutions like universities and hospitals. Let's relegate to the past the many women who suffered debilitation or death because of too frequent pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases.
NEWS
By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2012
Meeting for the first time since voters in Maryland and two other states legalized same-sex marriage, members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Tuesday that they have no plans to soften their position that genuine marriage can occur only between one man and one woman. "Are [the results] concerning? Sure they are," William E. Lori, the archbishop of Baltimore, said between sessions at the organization's fall general assembly in Baltimore, which has drawn about 300 bishops and archbishops to the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Harbor East this week.
NEWS
By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | November 11, 2013
The nation's top Catholic bishops will convene this week in Baltimore to choose a new leader, a decision that will help set the course for an American church striving to build its appeal while grappling with stances on immigration and contraception coverage. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops expects close to 300 active and retired members as it holds its annual convention at the Waterfront Marriott Hotel. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York is to begin the four-day gathering Monday with his final address as president after serving a three-year term.
NEWS
By Knight-Ridder Newspapers | November 11, 1990
WASHINGTON -- When the nation's 300 Catholic bishops gather in Washington for their annual meeting tomorrow, the most controversial topic within the U.S. Catholic church, the role of women, won't be a major point of discussion.The bishops delayed a position paper on women for another year because of opposition from both conservative and liberal Catholics.In controversial areas outside the church, the bishops take clear stands, putting them in direct opposition to recent Bush administration policy on drugs, gun control and the death penalty.
NEWS
By New York Times News Service | November 13, 1994
NEW YORK -- In their first meeting since Pope John Paul II "definitively" ruled out the possibility of female ordination, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops are convening in Washington tomorrow for discussions on promoting church leadership and equality for women.Similar issues will confront the members of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in debates on the use of inclusive -- "gender-neutral" -- language in certain parts of the liturgy, an area in which past efforts have been stymied by the Vatican and by some clerics in the United States.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2013
In a case that could have implications for ministries across the country, a Catonsville-based group of nuns who care for the elderly poor are awaiting a federal judge's decision on whether it must comply with the federal health care law's requirement to provide free contraceptive coverage for lay employees. The Little Sisters of the Poor say they could face substantial IRS fines beginning in January if they don't comply with the rule. While the federal health care law exempts churches, the Little Sisters of the Poor don't fall under the government's definition of a religious employer - and providing free access to birth control violates their religious vows, they say. The Catholic Church teaches that artificial contraception is immoral.
NEWS
By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau and High court to take up contraception issue | November 26, 2013
- The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to jump into a growing legal dispute between businesses run by conservative Christians and the Obama administration over whether a company must pay for birth control drugs that conflict with its owner's religious beliefs. The decision to hear the case, which could affect millions of women with employer-provided health plans, means that for a second time, the justices will decide the fate of a key part of President Barack Obama's health care law. Last year, the court in a 5-4 decision upheld the requirement that individuals obtain basic health insurance or pay a tax penalty.
NEWS
By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2013
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops took a step Tuesday toward aligning themselves with Pope Francis, selecting as their next president Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky. — a man who built a career on a foundation of personal faith and service to the poor. Kurtz, 67, was the overwhelming choice of the nearly 300 prelates on hand for the annual fall meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at the Waterfront Marriott Hotel in Baltimore. The Pennsylvania native received 125 of the 236 votes cast to easily outpoll the second-place finisher, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, for a first-ballot victory.
NEWS
By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | November 11, 2013
The nation's top Catholic bishops will convene this week in Baltimore to choose a new leader, a decision that will help set the course for an American church striving to build its appeal while grappling with stances on immigration and contraception coverage. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops expects close to 300 active and retired members as it holds its annual convention at the Waterfront Marriott Hotel. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York is to begin the four-day gathering Monday with his final address as president after serving a three-year term.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
The Rev. Terrence "Terry" Toland, former president of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia who had also been campus minister at Loyola University Maryland, died Oct. 18 of heart failure at Manresa Hall, Loyola Center, in Merion, Pa. He was 90. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Father Toland graduated in 1939 from St. Joseph's Preparatory School and entered the Society of Jesus. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Loyola University in Chicago and his theology degree from the old Woodstock College in Baltimore County.
NEWS
June 23, 2013
It is most unfortunate that Archbishop William E. Lori has chosen to use his pulpit to engage in the fear-engendering tactics so favored by the far right in our society ("Religious freedom under threat in U.S.," June 16). His statement that "the government is eroding" freedom of religion in this country is simply untrue. This country has become less sectarian and more tolerant of religious diversity than ever before. It sounds like the Catholic bishops in this country are upset because the laws of the land prevent them from imposing their beliefs regarding contraception and abortion on everyone else through the use of our tax dollars.
NEWS
By New York Times | September 14, 1990
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops have delayed action on a pastoral letter concerning women after widespread criticism of it and demands that it be dropped.The National Conference of Catholic Bishops had been scheduled to vote in November on a final draft of the policy-setting pastoral letter on women's concerns, but the conference's administrative committee postponed the vote yesterday after the Vatican requested that they consult their fellow bishops in other nations on the matter.The pastoral letter has sharply divided Catholics who want more change in church practices regarding women and those who uphold traditional restrictions.
NEWS
By Knight-Ridder News Service | November 16, 1990
WASHINGTON -- The nation's Roman Catholic bishops wound up their annual meeting yesterday with a tense discussion of a pastoral letter on women, indicating that the role of women in the church is almost sure to be a matter of violent controversy for years to come.In their four-day meeting, the bishops dealt with women in a statement on sexuality, in the new guidelines for the use of gender-neutral language in some church readings, and in a proposed pastoral letter condemning sexism in society and in the church.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2013
With a productive General Assembly session behind him, Gov. Martin O'Malley said Wednesday that he will use the second half of the year to consider whether to run for the White House. "I need to be spending a lot more energy and time giving serious consideration and preparation to what - if anything - I might have to offer should I decide to run for president in 2016," O'Malley said during a wide-ranging interview with editors of The Baltimore Sun. O'Malley has typically demurred from answering questions about his potential candidacy, though it has been the subject of news articles and rampant political speculation both in and outside of Maryland.
NEWS
November 17, 2012
I expect the Catholic bishops to hold the line on abortion and contraceptives. No surprise. ("Catholic bishops vow to hold line," Nov. 14.) Too bad, over the years, the bishops did not speak out as fervently about the "unjust war" the United States waged on Iraq where thousands of military, civilian men, women and children died. Too bad, that the bishops were not as fervent in exposing and excommunicating the pedophile priests in their midst. Too bad the bishops did not send letters to all the churches about the slanderous, vitriolic, unfounded accusations about President Barack Obama.
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