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.
Members of Congress are out of town and immigration reform legislation may be stuck until this fall, but the recess has given Catholic activists time to rally their forces.
New Jersey's newly enacted ban on gay-to-straight conversion therapy for minors violates a licensed therapist's obligation to "respect the rights of clients to make decisions," according to a federal lawsuit filed by a Christian counselors group and professionals who use the practice.