Archive of February 23, 2012

Seven states, Catholic plaintiffs file largest lawsuit against HHS mandate

Feb 23, 2012 - 07:04 pm .- President Obama's contraception mandate is facing its biggest legal challenge yet, in a lawsuit brought by seven state attorneys general, a school, two women, a charitable group, and a major Catholic insurer.

GOP candidates slam contraception mandate as attack on family

Feb 23, 2012 - 06:08 pm .- The Republican presidential candidates denounced the Obama administration's contraception mandate as an attack on family and religious freedom, which they described as fundamental pillars of society.

Catholic charity struggles to help those affected by Greek crisis

Feb 23, 2012 - 04:05 pm .- Catholic charity Caritas Greece is working harder than ever to help those who are suffering, especially the poor and vulnerable, from the country's financial disintegration.

Government assault may have just begun, Cardinal Dolan warns

Feb 23, 2012 - 03:45 pm .- President Obama's contraception mandate may only be the beginning of a historic attack on religious freedom, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan warned his fellow U.S. bishops in a Feb. 22 letter.

Youth catechism is best selling Catholic book worldwide

Feb 23, 2012 - 03:13 pm .- The co-creator of the Church’s catechism for young people has revealed that it's now the top selling Catholic book in the world.

Vatican workshop focuses on ethical treatment of infertility

Feb 23, 2012 - 12:22 pm .- The Pontifical Academy for Life is hosting a one-day workshop on treating infertility in an ethical way.

Nuncio urges Mexican priests to spiritually prepare for Pope

Feb 23, 2012 - 12:08 pm .- Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Apostolic Nuncio to Mexico, called on priests in the country to prepare themselves spiritually to welcome Pope Benedict during his March 23-25 visit.

Wichita cathedral statues offer new look at Holy Family

Feb 23, 2012 - 09:12 am .- Wichita’s Catholic cathedral has commissioned two statues whose creator intends to provide a “powerful” depiction of the Crucifixion and to celebrate Mary being pregnant with Jesus.

Judge rules Wash. pharmacists cannot be forced to dispense contraception

Feb 23, 2012 - 04:07 am .- The state of Washington cannot force pharmacists and stores to dispense the “morning-after pill” against their religious objections, a federal judge has ruled.

US clergy declare 'state of emergency' over contraception mandate

Feb 23, 2012 - 02:05 am .- A group of ministers from numerous religious backgrounds sent a message to the White House declaring a “state of emergency” over a health insurance mandate that may force religious employers to violate their consciences.

Mandate's morning-after pill provision has only 38 percent support

Feb 23, 2012 - 12:00 am .- Mandatory insurance coverage of the “morning-after pill,” a key part of the Obama administration's contraception rule, has only 38 percent of likely voters' support according to a new survey.