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Former Maine bishop says voting for gay marriage ‘unfaithful to Catholic doctrine’

“We do, however, speak for an important group of Catholics, all of whom are part of the universal church,” he said. “In this perspective, the bishop does not speak for all Catholics either, at least i... read more

John Freml: Bishop Paprocki does not speak for all Catholics

He could have made his point using a more appropriate quote, such as this one from Imam Abdullah Khouj, an Islamic scholar and director of the Islamic Center, in Washington, D.C.: “You do ... that Bis... read more

What do the bishops have to lose by encouraging McCarrick to repent?

A public confession from McCarrick – or even a public plea for that confession, made by many of his colleagues – would demonstrate that Catholic ... When I speak of "systematic" corruption, I do not m... read more

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Duterte Will Speak to Catholic Bishops, Despite Numerous Attacks on the Religion

The Philippine president, during his December 5 speech, said people can steal from the Catholic Church and even kill bishops, reportedly saying “this stupid bunch serve no purpose – all they do is cri... read more

Pelosi: Bishops Don't Speak for the Catholic Church

the bishops speak for the Catholic Church, quite literally within their own dioceses, and in every other way when united as a group. They do not need an ex cathedra declaration to make decisions on pu... read more

Values Vary With `Catholic' Groups

... the Catholic bishops cannot speak for all the members of the church in the United States because some Catholics support legal abortion. It should be noted that when the bishops "speak for the chur... read more

Should a Sarah Palin adviser speak for America's Catholic bishops?

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the head of the U.S. Catholic Bishops' conference ... today is: How do we teach and share the Gospel effectively?.... How Catholics in the pews hear and what they hear plays a ... read more

Please, bishops: act now; you’re running out of time!

A public confession from McCarrick—or even a public plea for that confession, made by many of his colleagues—would demonstrate that Catholic ... When I speak of “systematic” corruption, I do not mean ... read more

Vatican: Abuse summit to help bishops know ‘what they need to do’

According to a statement by papal spokesperson Alessandro Gisotti Jan. 16, the February meeting “has a concrete purpose: the goal is that all of the bishops clearly understand what they need to do to ... read more

My Take: Catholic bishops against the common good

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN (CNN)–The U.S. Catholic bishops who claim, increasingly incredibly, to speak on behalf of American Catholics ... On Thursday, 15 of his fellow Catholic clerics (all ... read more

Bishops Speak Out Against HHS Mandate and Urge Faithful to Do Likewise As Deadline Looms

Bishop Van Thuan, who later became a cardinal, said that the “greatest failure” in leadership is for the leader to be “afraid to speak and act as ... “This is what a Catholic institution of higher lea... read more

Birth Control Debate: Why Catholic Bishops Have Lost Their Grip on U.S. Politics—and Their Flock

Yet in his refusal to cave completely to the religious liberty campaign, Obama has illustrated the reality that the bishops no longer speak for most U.S. Catholics ... back the bishops than Catholics ... read more

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