Category: Issues & Action

U.S. bishops urge Trump, Barr to stop upcoming federal executions

WASHINGTON | In response to the upcoming federal execution of Orlando Hall Nov. 19, and two more federal executions scheduled to take place in December, two U.S. bishops’ committee chairmen called on the government to end this practice. “We ask President (Donald) Trump and Attorney General (William) Barr, as an act of witness to the… Read more »

Court says N.Y. pandemic limits on houses of worship restrict religious freedom

WASHINGTON | In a 5-4 decision issued just before midnight Nov. 25, the Supreme Court lifted the pandemic restrictions on congregation sizes at houses of worship imposed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The Diocese of Brooklyn, New York, and two Orthodox Jewish synagogues in separate filings appealed to the nation’s high court, claiming the… Read more »

All Catholics called to work of public advocacy

ORLANDO  |  The 2020 Culture of Life Conference might have been virtual, but one of its messages was as real as life itself. Advocates do not just want abortion to be illegal, but also unthinkable. Those were the words spoken by Ingrid Delgado, associate for social concerns and respect life for the Florida Conference of… Read more »

Pro-life advocacy makes a difference

ORLANDO  |  Pro-life advocates  were reminded they are women and men of the Gospel of Life, and they truly make a difference. Those were the words of Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito of Palm Beach during his homily at the 34th annual Culture of Life Conference held virtually Oct. 24. While hosted by his diocese in… Read more »

Pro-life leaders welcome ‘Born Alive Executive Order’

WASHINGTON | The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee Sept. 26 applauded President Donald Trump’s signing the “Born Alive Executive Order” to ensure babies born alive receive care. The order, which Trump signed the evening of Sept. 25, means “babies born prematurely or with disabilities receive a basic medical assessment and appropriate care as… Read more »

U.S. bishops say ‘enough’ on federal executions

WASHINGTON | Just hours before the sixth federal execution took place this year, and two days before the next one was scheduled, two U.S. bishops’ committee chairmen called on the government to end this practice. “We say to President Trump and Attorney General Barr: Enough. Stop these executions,” said Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma… Read more »

Fasting for justice an invitation to address many types of social sin

CLEVELAND | Bishop Shelton J. Fabre’s recent call to fast in response to racism on the feast of St. Peter Claver, Sept. 9, was a call to be attentive to the inequalities across society and acknowledge the sin of racism that continues to exist. The day was chosen because St. Peter Claver is known as… Read more »

Profit over safety, especially in pandemic, ‘unjust,’ says Labor Day statement

WASHINGTON | Given the “somber” realities imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, for companies to put profits over safety is “unjust,” said Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, in the U.S. bishops’ annual Labor Day statement. Even before the pandemic, “a significant number… Read more »

Louisiana priests provide hurricane relief to parishes in need

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana priests that support each other with ongoing camaraderie and spiritual nourishment are now also providing very essential hurricane relief to priests and the parishes they serve in areas that were devastated by recent storm damage. Just days after Hurricane Laura pounded the Diocese of Lake Charles in southwest Louisiana and damaged… Read more »

Pope: Jubilee for the Earth a time for restoring bond with God, creation

VATICAN CITY | The exploitation and plundering of the Earth’s resources at the expense of the poor and vulnerable cry out for justice and the forgiveness of debts, Pope Francis said. In his message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation Sept. 1 and the Season of Creation, which runs through… Read more »