Final HHS rule confirms religious exemption to contraceptive mandate

A rule finalizing the religious exemption to the contraceptive mandate should be "the end of a long cultural war fight" over the issue and confirm that the U.S. government "never needed nuns to give out contraceptives" to women, said the president of the Becket law firm.
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USCCB president condemns shooting at synagogue, all ‘acts of hate’

The U.S. Catholic bishops stand with "our brothers and sisters of the Jewish community," the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Oct. 27 after a horrific shooting earlier that day in Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life Synagogue.
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Kavanaugh says he feels no ‘bitterness’ over confirmation process

New Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh said Oct. 8 he has no "bitterness" over a contentious confirmation process that ultimately ended with a Senate vote Oct. 6 to confirm him for the seat on the high court left vacant by the July 31 retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.
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Call for senators’ ‘miserable death’ seen as more than ‘free speech’ issue

A Georgetown University associate professor's tweets that white Republican men should die a "miserable death" for supporting Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court is more than just about free speech, said the head of Students for Life of America.
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Church plans third-party abuse reporting system, code of conduct

Pledging to "heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us," the U.S. bishops' Administrative Committee Sept. 19 outlined actions to address the abuse crisis, including approving the establishment of a third-party confidential reporting system for claims of any abuse by bishops.
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Group says structural changes in church needed to address abuse

Catholic theologians, educators, parishioners and lay leaders across the United States expressed their disgust with the abuse scandal in the church, saying the details in a Pennsylvania grand jury's report "evince a horror beyond expression."
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Anderson calls for ‘full accounting of misdeeds’ that have led to scandal

After years of Catholics having to confess their sins to the clergy, it is now time for priests and bishops "to come clean about what they have done and what they have failed to do," the CEO of the Knights of Columbus said.
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Cardinal DiNardo announces plan to address ‘moral catastrophe’ of abuse

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Aug. 16 announced three key goals and a comprehensive plan to address the "moral catastrophe" of the new abuse scandal hitting the U.S. church.
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Cardinal lays out broad plan for parishes to implement ‘Amoris Laetitia’

"'Amoris Laetitia' is a call to compassionate accompaniment in helping all to experience Christ's love and mercy," Cardinal Wuerl said in the 58-page pastoral plan.
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Every child ‘a precious gift from God,’ Trump tells pro-life rally

President Donald Trump said that his administration "will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life."
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U.S. bishops’ predecessors read ‘signs of the times’ in founding USCCB

The USCCB began as National Catholic War Council, founded in 1917 to coordinate Catholic response to the war, including recruitment of military chaplains and a focus on displaced people and child welfare.
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At Baltimore Mass, Cardinal Parolin praises USCCB for century of working for ‘a more just society’

"The church in your country seeks to bring not only material assistance but also the spiritual balm of healing, comfort and hope to new waves of migrants and refugees who come knocking on America's door," Cardinal Pietro Parolin said.
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