Archive of February 9, 2012

Obama using state coercion against religious, Rep. Smith charges

Feb 9, 2012 - 09:00 pm .- President Barack Obama’s decision to require religious employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception and sterilization is an “unconscionable” violation of religious freedom, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) says.

Center for child protection unveiled at Rome conference

Feb 9, 2012 - 06:43 pm .- An international symposium addressing clerical sex abuse concluded on Feb. 9 with the announcement of a new internet-based Center for Child Protection.

Spanish bishops denounce TV censorship of religion ad

Feb 9, 2012 - 06:05 pm .- Catholic bishops in the Spanish dioceses of Bilbao, San Sebastian and Vitoria criticized the public television station EITB for pulling an ad that promoted religion classes in public schools.

A bishop’s love can overcome his fears, Cardinal George says

Feb 9, 2012 - 02:08 pm .- A bishop’s love for Jesus Christ and the Church can overcome all his fears, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago said at St. Peter's tomb on Feb. 9.

Rebel group should cease violence, Colombian archbishop says

Feb 9, 2012 - 02:07 pm .- Archbishop Ruben Salazar of Bogota, head of the Colombian bishops' conference, insisted that the local rebel group FARC put an end to the decades-long civil conflict in the country.

EWTN sues US government over contraception mandate

Feb 9, 2012 - 10:00 am .- Catholic media network EWTN sued the federal government Feb. 9, challenging the Obama administration's rule requiring many religious ministries to subsidize contraception and sterilization in their health plans.

White House fails to call Catholic bishops for mandate talks

Feb 9, 2012 - 05:01 am .- Despite rumors of a compromise on the government's controversial contraception mandate, the White House has not offered any concessions to the U.S. bishops’ conference and has not contacted them about possible negotiations.

Vatican official: Culture of silence is deadly for handling abuse claims

Feb 9, 2012 - 03:05 am .- The Vatican’s sex crimes prosecutor says the Church should fight against a culture of silence as it combats the “sad phenomenon” of sexual abuse in society. 

Poll finds half of Americans oppose contraception mandate

Feb 9, 2012 - 01:08 am .- A recent national poll found that 50 percent of Americans oppose the Obama administration's mandate forcing religious groups to cover contraception in health insurance plans.