COMMENTARY: Immigrants Are Us

WASHINGTON (RNS) Some have questioned the Catholic bishops’ involvement in the national debate over immigration, perhaps wanting the church to stay neutral. But if they did so, they’d be untrue to their roots.

Washington, DC -Portrait of Sr. Carol Keehan, President of Catholic Health Association on August 20, 2012. Photo by Susan Biddle/courtesy Catholic Health Association

Catholic hospitals at odds with bishops over birth control mandate

(RNS) The organization representing Catholic hospitals across the country says it no longer objects to the Obama administration’s mandate that all employees receive free birth control coverage. The decision by the Catholic Health Association puts the hospitals at odds with the Catholic hierarchy, which last week rejected the White House’s final regulations.

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Catholic bishops reject new contraception proposals

(RNS) The nation’s Catholic bishops on Thursday (Feb. 7) rejected the Obama administration’s latest proposals to broaden the religious exemptions and accommodations in regulations that will require insurance companies or employers to provide free birth control coverage.

Catholic hospital says fetus defense was ‘morally wrong’

(RNS) After an uproar and an investigation by the state’s bishops, a Catholic hospital in Colorado has reversed course and said its attorneys were “morally wrong” to defend the hospital against a lawsuit by arguing that twin fetuses who died there should not be considered legal persons.

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Chicago cardinal leads new fight against gay marriage

(RNS) Chicago Cardinal Francis George has launched a last-ditch campaign to convince the lame-duck Illinois legislature not to legalize same-sex marriage, saying that government “has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible.” By David Gibson.

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Did Isaiah really predict the Virgin birth?

(RNS) A new Catholic translation of the Bible tweaks an Old Testament text — Isaiah 7:14 — that many Christians consider a prophecy about Jesus’ birth. So, why did they alter a 2,745-year-old prophecy, and does it change what the church teaches about Jesus’ virgin birth? By Daniel Burke.