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Poll: Catholics approval of Obama mostly unchanged amid birth control battle

Catholics approval of President Barack Obama has remained relatively unchanged despite facing harsh opposition from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops over new contraception rules. A survey released Tuesday by Gallup found that 46 percent of Catholics approved of Obama last week. A week prior to that his approval was…

Jon Stewart mocks Santorum’s hypocrisy in contraception spat

Returning from his vacation, Jon Stewart on Monday analyzed the controversy surrounding new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulations on contraceptives. Catholic bishops have accused Obama of waging a war on religion because of a White House plan to require most insurance plans to cover birth control. “Yes,…

Catholics United on contraception battle: Bishops serving a political agenda

The group Catholics United, which tends to support progressive causes, has decried the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops opposition to new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulations on contraceptives. The White House said last week that it would change proposed rules requiring religious hospitals and universities to…

Nation’s oldest Catholic newspaper retracts column saying devil may control gays

CONWAY, Mass (Reuters) – The nation’s oldest Roman Catholic newspaper retracted an opinion column that said the devil may be behind gay attraction after the essay was condemned as cruel and wrong by gay rights groups. The weekly paper, the Boston Pilot, which is run by the Archdiocese of Boston,…

Catholic church trains priests to place renewed focus on exorcism

Citing a shortage of priests who can perform the rite, the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are holding a conference on how to conduct exorcisms. The two-day training, which ends Saturday in Baltimore, is to outline the scriptural basis of evil, instruct clergy on evaluating whether a person is truly possessed,…

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