(RNS) as the U.S. hierarchy stakes its claim as the first and final arbiter of the Catholic position in this hotly contested battle, the bishops are also facing a number of internal challenges. Left unchecked, they could undermine the bishops' position and weaken their future standing if they are seen as losing their faceoff with the White House. By David Gibson.
(RNS) The Obama administration is pushing back against charges by the nation's top Catholic bishop that talks to create a broader religious exemption from a controversial birth control coverage mandate are "going nowhere," and that White House officials are dismissing the central role of the bishops. By David Gibson.
(RNS) The Senate voted 51-48 on Thursday (March 1) against an amendment that would have allowed health insurers and employers to refuse to provide services that violate their religious or moral beliefs.
(RNS) A group of Democratic-leaning Catholics on Wednesday (Feb. 29) released a 2012 voter guide that includes abortion among a range of "pro-life issues," such as war, euthanasia and poverty, and highlights economic and social justice issues as concerns Catholics should weigh as they consider which candidate to support.
WASHINGTON (RNS) "I regret any comments I have ever made which may have cast any doubt on the personal faith of our president, Mr. Obama," evangelist Franklin Graham said. "I apologize to him and to any I have offended for not better articulating my reason for not supporting him in this election." By Adelle M. Banks.
WASHINGTON (RNS) For the fourth year in a row, President Obama is proposing lower tax deductions for the wealthy on donations to churches and other nonprofit organizations. And for the fourth year in a row, nonprofit groups say the change would lead to a dramatic drop in charitable giving. By Annalisa Musarra.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans are split on a federal mandate requiring nearly all employers -- even institutions with strong religious affiliations -- to provide insurance covering contraception. By Lauren Markoe.
(RNS) Some critics of President Obama's compromise on contraception have called it a "game of let's pretend." Yet that "game" is actually a venerable tradition in Catholic moral theology that for centuries has provided a way for Christians to think about acting virtuously in a fallen world. By David Gibson.
WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama speaks Thursday at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, overshadowed by tensions with Catholic and evangelical groups over a decision to mandate contraception coverage for almost all insurance plans. By Lauren Markoe.