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Catholics urged to oppose HHS mandate
Thursday, February 16, 2012 by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

On January 20, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reaffirmed a rule that virtually all private health care plans must cover sterilization, abortifacients, and contraception. The rule exempted "religious employers," but excluded those that served or employed people who were not members of their religious community. This was so narrow that it failed to cover the vast majority of faith-based organizations, including Catholic hospitals, universities, and service organizations that help millions every year. 

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Six More Things Everyone Should Know About the HHS Mandate
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 by Sister Mary Ann Walsh, RSM

 

1. The rule that created the uproar has not changed at all, but was finalized as is. Friday evening, after a day of touting meaningful changes in the mandate, HHS issued a regulation finalizing the rule first issued in August 2011, “without change.” So religious employers dedicated to serving people of other faiths are still not exempt as “religious employers.” Indeed, the rule describes them as “non-exempt.”

2. The rule leaves open the possibility that even exempt “religious employers” will be forced to cover sterilization. In its August 2011 comments, USCCB warned that the narrow “religious employer” exemption appeared to provide no relief from the sterilization mandate—only the contraception mandate—and specifically sought clarification. (We also noted that a sterilization mandate exists in only one state, Vermont.) HHS provided no clarification, so the risk remains under the unchanged final rule. read more...
Bishops renew call to legislative action on religious liberty
Saturday, February 11, 2012 by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
WASHINGTON – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have issued the following statement:

The Catholic bishops have long supported access to life-affirming healthcare for all, and the conscience rights of everyone involved in the complex process of providing that healthcare. That is why we raised two serious objections to the "preventive services" regulation issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in August 2011.
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Bishops studying initial White House movement on religious liberty
Friday, February 10, 2012 by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued the following statement, responding to President Obama’s announcement about religious freedom that was made at the White House on Feb. 10, 2012.

The USCCB statement is fully-endorsed by Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, and will serve as the statement of the Diocese of Buffalo. The diocese will not have any further public comment on this issue until the U.S. bishops have examined the details of the president’s proposal.

WASHINGTON - The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) sees initial opportunities in preserving the principle of religious freedom after President Obama’s announcement today. But the Conference continues to express concerns. “While there may be an openness to respond to some of our concerns, we reserve judgment on the details until we have them,” said Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, president of USCCB. read more...
Majority of Catholic voters oppose federal contraception rule
Wednesday, February 08, 2012 by Catholic News Agency

Most Catholic voters oppose the federal rule requiring religious institutions to buy insurance that covers contraception and sterilization, according to new research published Feb. 7.

Public Religion Research Institute's poll found that 52 percent of voting Catholics do not believe the contraception coverage mandate should apply to religiously-affiliated colleges and hospitals. Only 45 percent of Catholic voters said the rule should apply to these ministries.

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A tapestry in Buffalo may hold pieces of saints
Thursday, February 02, 2012 by Currents

This interview with Msgr. James Campbell, rector of St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo, focuses on a rare reliquary that was recently discovered after being stored away for more than 100 years.  Currents is produced by the Diocese of Brooklyn.

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Bishops vow to voice government edict forcing contraceptive coverage
Friday, January 20, 2012 by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

                         

                               

The Catholic bishops of the United States called “literally unconscionable” a decision by the Obama Administration to continue to demand that sterilization, abortifacients and contraception be included in virtually all health plans. The Jan. 20 announcement means that this mandate and its very narrow exemption will not change at all; instead there will only be a delay in enforcement against some employers.

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Bishop Kmiec hails appointment of new cardinals
Saturday, January 07, 2012 by Office of Communications

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec issued the following statement upon the appointmenet of 22 new cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI

Today’s announcement by the Holy Father that he has named Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York and Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto to the College of Cardinals has brought great joy to me and to the faithful of the Diocese of Buffalo.

Cardinal-designate Dolan is a caring priest who shepherds the people of the Archdiocese of New York with great pastoral care, especially when it comes to his concern for the voiceless and the disadvantaged. I have great respect and admiration for him, and I feel blessed to have known him for the past 18 years.

Cardinal-designate Collins is admired for his wisdom and for his service to the Church in Toronto and throughout Canada.

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Archbishop Dolan elevated to cardinal
Friday, January 06, 2012 by Office of Communications, Archdiocese of New York

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has announced that His Excellency the Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York, will be elevated to the dignity of Cardinal in a Consistory to be held on February 18, 2012.

Archbishop Dolan released a statement in which he expressed his gratitude to Pope Benedict XVI saying that he is "honored, humbled, and grateful."  He also thanked the people of the archdiocese of New York, “this is about an affirmation of love from the Pope to a celebrated archdiocese and community, and a summons to its unworthy archbishop to serve Jesus, His Church universal, His vicar on earth, and His people better.”

Cardinal-designate Dolan was among 22 new cardinals named today by the Holy Father.  Two other Americans will also be elevated to cardina:  Cardinal-designate Thomas Collins of the Archdiocese of Toronto and Cardinal-designate Edwin F. O'Brien, former archbishop of Baltimore and curernt grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.

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Bishop Kmiec celebrates 50 years of priesthood
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 by Kevin Keenan

In December of 1961, Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawaii” was number one on the album charts, President John F. Kennedy approved of the deployment of U.S. military crews and helicopters to Vietnam and young Edward U. Kmiec of Trenton, N.J. was preparing for his ordination to the priesthood.

His priestly journey would include an assignment as assistant pastor at St. Rose Parish in Belmar, N.J., secretary and master of ceremonies to the bishop of Trenton, and vice-chancellor of the Diocese of Trenton.

Following 12 years as bishop of Nashville, Bishop Kmiec has spent the last seven years as bishop of Buffalo.

Dec. 20, 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of Bishop Kmiec’s priestly ordination at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome (left).

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