Category Archive for: Vatican

Biden administration moves to reinstate Planned Parenthood funding

The Biden administration announced Thursday that it would rewrite a Trump-era policy that barred federal family planning funding from going to Planned Parenthood and other clinics that refer patients to abortion. The Department of Health and Human Services will rewrite the 2019 rule that withheld federal funding through the Title X Family Planning Program from…Read More

US bishops urge Biden to reject abortion rights after ‘deeply disturbing’ statement

President Joe Biden’s statement backing legal abortion on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade drew swift reaction from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, whose pro-life chairman said the no president of the United States should ever defend denying the right to life of unborn children. “We strongly urge the president to reject abortion and…Read More

US bishops approve use of coronavirus vaccines with ‘remote connection’ to abortion

The United States bishops’ conference has said that Catholics can take two of the three available COVID-19 vaccines, even though they were developed with a “remote connection” to “morally compromised” cell lines. In a statement released Monday, the bishops also said it is morally permissible in some circumstances to receive a third vaccine, developed in…Read More

Federal Executions Pit The Trump Administration Against The Catholic Church

For the ninth time in six months, the Trump administration is preparing to put a federal prisoner to death. Brandon Bernard, 40, is due to be executed Thursday evening at the U.S. Penitentiary Terre Haute in Indiana, as punishment for the murder of a young couple in Texas in 1999. The Justice Department plans another…Read More

Citing pope’s warnings about drugs, Catholic bishops speak on ballot proposals

This Election Day, voters in multiple U.S. states will consider several proposals to legalize drugs, ranging from medical and recreational marijuana to harder drugs. Catholic bishops in several states have said voters should look to Pope Francis’ warnings that legalization is ‘highly questionable,’ as it becomes a compromise with drug addiction. The Oregon Catholic Conference…Read More

Catholic Mobilizing Network Lauds Denunciation of Death Penalty in “Fratelli Tutti”

In “Fratelli Tutti,” the latest papal encyclical released by Pope Francis on Oct. 4 on the topic of “fraternity and social friendship,” the Holy Father makes an unequivocal reaffirmation of the inadmissibility of capital punishment in the eyes of the Catholic Church. “There can be no stepping back from this position,” Pope Francis writes. “Social…Read More