We say: Religious groups should step up and help educate the public, especially the poor and working poor, about how the Affordable Care Act can improve their lives.
As opening day for the new health care law approaches, almost half the states in the country have not agreed to go along with a provision to expand their Medicaid programs to include more of their uninsured poor. Social Service Sr. Simone Campbell wants voters to put pressure on those governors and legislators to change their minds about balking at the Medicaid expansion.
"It's straight party politics," she said during a speech Sept. 12 at Mount Marty College in Yankton. "Everyone is positioning for the 2014 election. We people of faith have got to stand up."
The number of Americans living in poverty last year stayed stuck at 46.5 million people, as did the national poverty rate of 15 percent, according to Census Bureau statistics.
A leadership group of bishops unanimously decided to continue fighting an Obama administration mandate regarding coverage of contraceptive services in health care plans, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Tuesday.
The U.S. bishops' international humanitarian aid agency has endured more than a month of allegations of distributing contraceptives in Africa.
A decade after a pastoral letter on immigration-related challenges, a panel of commentators observed that the situation remains the same.
The nation's Catholic bishops continue to have serious concerns about an Obama administration mandate regarding coverage of contraceptive services in health care plans, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said.
Faith-based advocacy in support of immigration reform is taking a multipronged approach as Congress resumes, with prayer and fasting being added to letter-writing and public speaking.
The rights of those who object to same-sex marriage continue to clash with those pursued by gay rights advocates.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is urging the Obama administration to comply with a long-standing policy against subsidizing federal employee health care plans that cover abortions for members of Congress and their staffs.
A new rule proposed by the federal government makes no "mention of any limitation with respect to abortion coverage" for members of Congress and their staff, according to comments submitted by the USCCB to the federal Office of Personnel Management.