United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 file photo, Pope Francis leaves after an audience with families in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

Vatican polls parishes on birth control, marriage

NEW YORK (AP) — The Vatican is taking the unusual step of conducting a worldwide survey on how parishes deal with sensitive issues such as birth control, divorce and gay marriage, seeking input ahead of […]

10/31/2013

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Pope’s blunt remarks pose challenge for bishops

NEW YORK (AP) – In recent years, many American bishops have drawn a harder line with parishioners on what could be considered truly Roman Catholic, adopting a more aggressive style of correction and telling abortion […]

09/21/2013

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Catholic hospitals accept birth control rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — A trade group for Catholic hospitals says it can accept the Obama administration’s compromise on birth control coverage. The Catholic Health Association says it’s pleased with final rules for faith-affiliated nonprofits from […]

07/09/2013

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Final gov’t birth control rule for faith groups

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration issued its final compromise Friday for religiously affiliated charities, hospitals and other nonprofits that object to covering birth control in their employee health plans. The Health and Human Services […]

06/28/2013

Catholic bishops stay course on gay marriage fight

BALTIMORE (AP) – The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops say they won’t change their strategy on gay marriage or birth control coverage despite the outcome of the election. Bishops have been in the forefront of opposing […]

11/12/2012