Defending the religious rights of the Catholic church against the government's contraceptive mandate is tied to the church's ministry to those in need, Archbishop William Lori said.
As the Thanksgiving holiday neared, both the White House and Catholic Rural Life raised the specter of possible huge cuts in funding for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
But the silence from the House-Senate conference committee working on the farm bill -- which includes funding for SNAP -- and the abbreviated work schedule for Congress leaving little time in December for lawmakers to arrive at a compromise mean the specter could still be present as Christmas nears. The latest extension of the farm bill expires New Year's Day
The Supreme Court will decide whether for-profit businesses can be treated like religious entities in a test of the Obama administration's mandate that employers include free contraception coverage.
Belmont Abbey College filed a new lawsuit Nov. 20 in its long-running fight against a federal law requiring most employers to provide free contraceptives in their health insurance plans.
In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the college calls the contraceptive mandate "constitutionally flawed," "arbitrary and capricious," and says it "discriminates against religious organizations because of their religious commitment to promoting the sanctity of life."
Terri Steinberg said she never thought about the death penalty until her son was put on death row.
Analysis: After drawing a line in the sand on health care, a growing number of bishops are pushing back, arguing that hard-line rhetoric puts them in an untenable position.
Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory and Savannah Bishop Gregory Hartmayer called on lawmakers in Washington to listen to the needs of the hungry at home and abroad as they negotiate the 2013 farm bill.
"At stake in this political wrangling are programs that help the hungry here at home and abroad," the two prelates said in an op-ed published Nov. 13 in the Savannah Morning News daily newspaper.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday to allow Texas to continue enforcing abortion restrictions that require doctors who perform abortions in clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
Review: In Occupy Spirituality, the authors summon us to a dialogue of openness to the genuine needs and insights of the people, especially the "new generation."
Column: Passing the farm bill, approving a budget, and enacting comprehensive immigration reform have topped the agenda for Congress and Catholics this year.