Health Care Debate

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Why claims of conscience matter

Lest we forget, our Framers put religious liberty, or freedom of conscience, first on the list of fundamental rights protected … Continued

Flaws of the King hearing on Islam

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, will begin holding hearings Thursday on “the extent of … Continued

Abortion issue not going away

By Connie Mackey It was with some surprise to see Mr. Stevens-Arroyo, a self-proclaimed Catholic, upset that Archbishop (soon to … Continued

Vote your conscience on ALL the issues

I too believe that voting is a “serious moral obligation.” “Moral” in this sense means treating voting as an ethical … Continued

Teaching Capitol Hill to work with negative emotions

By Frank Rogers, Andrew Dreitcer, and Mark YaconelliClaremont School of Theology Contemplative activists from Claremont School of Theology report on … Continued

Time to heal hateful rhetoric

By Graylan S. HaglerUCC pastor A friend who I often disagree with wrote me from Massachusetts the other day in … Continued

Time to heal the hate

A friend who I often disagree with wrote me from Massachusetts the other day in response to an announcement I … Continued

Health care and the residual effects of race

The health care debate raged for more than a year and a half. During that time we did not experience … Continued

Catholic views on health care reform unchanging but complicated

By Michelle Boorstein Catholic clergy may be weighing in increasingly on the health care debate, but polling seems to show … Continued

Why Catholic bishops must fight for health reform

By Patricia PignatielloCatholics United On June 24 of last year, my family entered a nightmare. My brother James was admitted … Continued

Catholic bishops too powerful?

By Jon O’BrienPresident, Catholics for Choice It’s rarely a pretty sight when the internal workings of the political process in … Continued

U.S. overreacting to underpants bomber?

The fallout from the botched attempt by a Nigerian Muslim to blow up NW Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit … Continued

Muslims, not minarets, were targeted by the Swiss

Q: What’s your reaction to Sunday’s decision by voters in Switzerland to ban construction of minarets, the slender towers from … Continued

Do Catholic bishops have same influence in the Senate?

By Michelle Boorstein The role of the U.S. Catholic bishops in the health care debate has gotten a ton of … Continued

Bravo to the bishops

Religious leaders are first of all citizens and they enjoy the same rights as any other citizens and civic leaders … Continued

Bishops should proceed with caution

Q: U.S. Catholic bishops are defending their direct involvement in congressional deliberations over health-care reform, saying that church leaders have … Continued

What’s the “pious” view on health care? Activists rally today

By Michelle Boorstein Christian clergy and labor leaders will be praying together on Capitol Hill this morning and in rallies … Continued

4 Ways to Judge “Values Voter Summit”

By Robert P. Jonespresident, Public Religion Research This weekend, conservative Christian activists will gather at the fourth annual “Values Voter … Continued

Early Religious Reaction to Obama’s Health Care Speech

By William Wan Religious folks on both sides of the health care debate are coming out in full force after … Continued

Bishops Want Health-Care Reform

THIS CATHOLIC’S VIEW By Thomas J. Reese, S.J. In the Gospels, Jesus spends much of his time trying to teach … Continued