- Bishops Respond to House Speaker Pelosi's Misrepresentation of Church Teaching Against Abortion
August 26, 2008
WASHINGTON--Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Bishop William E. Lori, chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Doctrine, have issued the following statement:
In the course of a "Meet the Press" interview on abortion and other public issues on August 24, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi misrepresented the history and nature of the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church against abortion.
- Documentary on Francis, Clare of Assisi Slated for ABC
August 26, 2008
WASHINGTON—The TV documentary "Assisi Pilgrimage: Walking in Faith with Francis and Clare" will be distributed to ABC-TV stations and affiliates on Sunday, September 14.
The hour-long documentary is part of the "Vision & Values" series sponsored by the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission, which includes the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Broadcast of the program is at the discretion of the local affiliate. Further information is available at www.interfaithbroadcasting.com.
- Bishops Welcome HHS Regulations Protecting Conscience Rights in Health Care
August 21, 2008
WASHINGTON—Federal regulations protecting health care providers' conscience rights were released for public comment August 21, by Secretary Michael Leavitt of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The U.S. Catholic bishops' spokesperson on abortion, Deirdre A. McQuade, welcomed the proposed regulations as a way to protect medical personnel from being coerced to violate their consciences in federally funded programs.
"Doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel face pressure to participate in abortion – a practice that many find abhorrent in good conscience," McQuade said. "The enforcement of federal laws designed to protect their freedom of conscience is long overdue."
- Bishops Ask Catholics To Pray Election Novena
August 19, 2008
WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) invites U.S. Catholics to pray before the November election a novena for life, justice, and peace called Novena for Faithful Citizenship. It is a podcast and available for download.
Joan Rosenhauer, Associate Director for the USCCB's Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development, said that the special novena is part of "the bishops' campaign to help Catholics develop well-formed consciences for addressing political and social questions." The bishops issued their statement on forming consciences for faithful citizenship in November 2007.
- Labor Day Message Calls For Action On Just Economy, Dignity, Workers' Rights
August 18, 2008
WASHINGTON – An American Catholic Tradition, the U.S. bishops’ 2008 Labor Day statement calls for "renewed vigor as we seek to build together a society that cares for its own, reaches out to the poor and vulnerable, and offers true hope to all."
Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre, New York, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, issued the statement to highlight the needs of the nation’s workers, economic inequalities and the responsibilities of all citizens to help improve working conditions.
- USCCB Participates In Latin American Missionary Congress, Launch Of Great Continental Mission
August 15, 2008
WASHINGTON—A delegation representing the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) participates this week in the Third American Missionary Congress taking place in Quito, Ecuador. The delegation includes Bishop Daniel F. Walsh of Santa Rosa, CA, Bishop Octavio Cisneros, Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn, and Bishop Martin D. Holley, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, as well as six staff members representing the USCCB’s offices of Catholic Home Missions, Secretariat of Cultural Diversity and Collection for the Church in Latin America.
- U.S. Bishops Congratulate Olympic Athlete Lopez Lomong On Selection As Flag Bearer For U.S. Olympic Team
August 7, 2008
WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) today expressed congratulations to Lopez Lomong, Olympian athlete and former refugee from Sudan, for being chosen as the flag bearer for the U.S. Olympic team at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
- Second Book Of Pope's Spiritual Thoughts Series To Honor Saint Paul
August 7, 2008
WASHINGTON—Saint Paul, a new book featuring quotes and reflections of the Holy Father on the Apostle Paul will be published on August 29. The publishing office of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has reached an agreement with the Vatican’s publishing office to launch a series of books by Pope Benedict XVI called Spiritual Thoughts.
August 6, 2008
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has posted on www.faithfulcitizenship.org/media a series of articles by USCCB experts on issues pertinent to the November elections.
Articles are in both English and Spanish.
Topics include Immigration, Voting by Conscience, the Environment, Poverty, Iraq, Stem Cells, Gay Marriage, Abortion, Health Care and Economic Policy.
- Catholic Bishops Welcome Passage And Signing Of National Housing Trust Fund
August 1, 2008
WASHINGTON – Calling the housing needs of low-income Americans a "national priority," the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) commended bi-partisan congressional and Bush administration efforts in creating a national Housing Trust Fund. The fund will assist the lowest income households in the United States by helping to build and preserve affordable rental housing. It was created as a provision in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, which was signed into law by President Bush on July 30. It is the first new federal housing production program for the nation’s lowest income families in decades.