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Struggle with porn? The Church can help you, US bishops say

Nov 29, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- For the first time, U.S. bishops have issued a historical pastoral letter specifically addressing the global crisis of pornography, looking at how the industry is affecting the parishioners in their pews and what the Church can do to offer mercy, healing, and hope to recovering pornography users.

Controversy over voting doc shows divisions among US bishops

Nov 20, 2015 - 03:30 am .- At their annual fall meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops voted to issue a new introductory note and make limited revisions to their quadrennial statement on political responsibility.

Confronting the porn epidemic: a major goal for the US bishops

Nov 19, 2015 - 12:30 am .- In a historic statement outlining the challenges pornography poses to the family and individuals as well as the tools available within the Church and society to combat its negative effects, the U.S. bishops say they have created a resource for healing and mercy.

When detention denies dignity: bishops offer look inside US migrant, refugee policy

May 14, 2015 - 03:20 am .- “Please help us, please pray for us.” These were the words of detained migrants and refugees at a Karnes, Texas facility who spoke Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio and his visiting delegation of religious leaders last year.

Bishops push for religious freedom protections in adoption, foster care

Mar 12, 2015 - 11:21 am .- With increasing pressure on adoption and foster care agencies to act against their religious beliefs, the U.S. bishops are pushing for legislation to protect them.

Religious freedom battle 'daunting,' but bishops urged to persist

Nov 12, 2014 - 05:05 pm .- The leader of the U.S. bishops’ religious freedom committee encouraged his fellow bishops not to lose heart, but to place their trust in God, in the ongoing battle for religious liberty.  

US bishops elect new secretary, discuss health care ethics guide

Nov 11, 2014 - 08:22 pm .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted Tuesday on several committee leadership positions, also considering several liturgical proposals and moving forward with a New York canonization cause.  

Archbishop Kurtz: Want to strengthen families? Witness 'truths of the faith'

Nov 10, 2014 - 02:10 pm .- In responding to crises faced by modern families, the Church must work to restore hope and confidence that the call of the Gospel can be lived out, the head of the U.S. bishops’ conference said.  

Bishops laud Catholic Relief Services for Philippines aid

Jun 14, 2014 - 06:04 am .- Catholic Relief Services' chairman has affirmed the international aid agency's strength and effective representation of the bishops' conference, especially lauding its aid to the Philippines.

Bishops embrace Pope Francis, Benedict in voting document

Jun 12, 2014 - 05:12 pm .- The updated voting guide issued by the U.S. bishops will maintain Church teaching as explained by both Pope Francis and Benedict XVI, said leading bishops at a recent gathering.

US bishops unanimously reauthorize religious liberty group

Jun 11, 2014 - 01:38 pm .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has voted to reauthorize its Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty for a second three-year term.

US bishops to tour Mexico border, say Mass for fallen migrants

Mar 7, 2014 - 12:05 pm .- American bishops will gather in Arizona at the end of March to tour the U.S.-Mexico border and offer a Mass in memory of migrant persons who have died trying to gain entry into the United States.

Catholic leaders lament food aid cuts in US farm bill

Jan 30, 2014 - 12:05 am .- The U.S. bishops and other Catholic leaders in social services gave a mixed reaction to the advance of a farm bill in Congress, noting several areas of concern including funding cuts for food stamp programs.

Archbishop Kurtz elected president of US bishops' conference

Nov 12, 2013 - 07:25 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has elected Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville as its next president, giving national prominence to a prelate with significant experience in Catholic social services.  

Catholic bishops urge US to oppose massive food aid cuts

Sep 15, 2013 - 07:01 am .- Catholic bishops have asked the U.S. House of Representatives to reject $40 billion in proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the food stamp program.

Abuse report finds few allegations against clergy in 2012

May 11, 2013 - 01:04 pm .- The latest report on child protection in the U.S. Catholic Church found a total of 11 credible allegations of abuse of minors by diocesan clergy in 2012, with a 20 percent decrease in the numbers of new credible abuse allegations about incidents in the past 60 years.

Pennsylvania mourns sudden loss of Bishop McFadden

May 3, 2013 - 11:34 am .- Church and public officials from Pennsylvania are saddened by the unexpected death of Bishop Joseph P. McFadden, who shepherded the Diocese of Harrisburg.

US bishops name religious freedom advocate as president's spokeswoman

Apr 30, 2013 - 04:22 pm .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has hired religious liberty attorney and mother of six Kim Daniels as spokesperson for conference president Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan.

US bishops say budget should prioritize poor

Apr 30, 2013 - 12:03 am .- The U.S. bishops have responded to President Barack Obama's 2014 budget proposal with a call to give high priority to funding for those in need.

US bishops urge support for international arms treaty

Apr 13, 2013 - 01:02 pm .- In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, a representative of the U.S. bishops' conference asked that the Obama Administration hasten to review and sign a treaty to decrease arms trade.

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