Catholic bishops to scrutinize Girl Scouts

(RNS) The nation's Catholic bishops are reviewing the church's ties to the Girl Scouts of America after complaints that some of the venerable organization's programs and policies might run afoul of church teachings on contraception and abortion. By David Gibson.

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Poll: Catholics don’t see contraception mandate as threat to religious freedom

Even though Catholic bishops are leading the charge that the new White House contraception mandate is a threat to religious liberty, Catholics reject — by a 57 to 38 percent margin — the idea that religious liberty is under siege, according to a new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute and Religion News Service.

Sparks fly as House GOP blasts contraception mandate

WASHINGTON (RNS) A House committee holds hearings Thursday that will find the Obama administration guilty of trampling on religious freedom by requiring employers to provide insurance that includes contraception coverage. By Lauren Markoe.

Vatican to host global summit on sexual abuse

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican will convene a global summit next week to bring together bishops and experts to review strategies to prevent abuse and to assist victims. By Alessandro Speciale.