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.

Workers at Southwest Creations Collaborative in Albuquerque, N.M., learn delicate sewing skills, financial literacy and English, which is partially funded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development The women-owned company charges 25 cents an hour for child care. RNS file photo by Ken Touchton.

Donations recover at controversial Catholic charity

(RNS) Fundraising for the flagship anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic bishops, which has come under intense fire from conservatives and anti-abortion groups, is slowly recovering and even growing slightly after being battered by the recession and sharp attacks on its mission.

Gun Churches

Meet the ‘Catholic NRA’

(RNS) As the Senate prepares to take up gun control measures, Catholic bishops have urged new legislation in email blasts and Senate Judiciary Committee testimony. But among the Catholic faithful, there are many that oppose all gun control measures. Call them the NRA Catholics. By Aaron Schrank.

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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.

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Churches, synagogues press for federal rebuilding aid after Sandy

NEPONSIT, N.Y. (RNS) The waterlogged West End Temple and other nonprofits aren’t included in the $51 billion aid package to help rebuild areas devastated by Superstorm Sandy, and civil liberties groups think that’s how it should stay. Others say churches and synagogues should be eligible for federal rebuilding funds. By Solange De Santis.

Gun Campaign

As bells toll, clergy push Congress on gun control

WASHINGTON (RNS) As bells tolled across the country on Friday (Dec. 21) in memory of lives lost in Newtown, Conn., religious leaders gathered outside the Washington National Cathedral to push congregants and Congress to prevent further gun violence. By Adelle M. Banks.