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The American voter is a gullible idealist

Column: The mystery is why so many citizens allow themselves to be sucked into the political miasma and be complicit. How? By voting.


Gay Washington senator remains rooted in faith

Sen. Ed Murray has made it his life's work to represent the vulnerable and marginalized. But as a devout Catholic, his position on same-sex marriage has invited scrutiny.


Simone Campbell tells Paul Ryan to fund aid programs


Failure of the U.S. Congress to pass funding for nutritional aid programs for those facing poverty is "wrong morally," a key Catholic sister told the House's Budget Committee Wednesday.

Social Service Sr. Simone Campbell, head of the Catholic lobbying group NETWORK, was one of four panelists who testified before the committee during a session dedicated to "The War on Poverty: A Progress Report."

Congressman: On immigration reform, Catholics need pulpit speak


The coalition of Catholic leaders pushing for immigration reform -- a triumvirate of the nation's bishops, nuns and university presidents -- need to address the matter from the pulpit to help get reform passed in Congress, a Catholic member of the House judiciary committee said Thursday.

"Everyone takes notice when their priest speaks to them, when their nun speaks to them," said Democratic Congressman Joe Garcia of Florida. "It has impact and it tends to deflate these phony arguments about the fear of the stranger, the fear of the traveler, and this fear of the outsider."

Federal judge stops enforcement of North Dakota fetal heartbeat law


A federal judge's temporary injunction stopping enforcement of a new North Dakota law barring abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected "is not surprising and is typical in most legal challenges to pro-life laws," said the North Dakota Catholic Conference.

U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland issued the ruling Monday in a suit filed by Red River Women's Clinic, the state's only abortion clinic.

Texas stiffens abortion restrictions; pro-lifers rally to support bill

The drama in Texas over abortion that drew national and international attention came to an end for the moment after the state House of Representatives then the state Senate voted to adopt tougher abortion regulations.

Gov. Rick Perry signed the measure into law during a ceremony Wednesday.

The new law prohibits abortions in the 20th week of pregnancy, requires abortion clinics to be certified as surgical centers and increases regulations on doctors and abortion-inducing drugs.


Mass. Supreme Court to hear case against 'under God' in Pledge of Allegiance

The suing family, who are secular humanists, say the phrase "under God" in the pledge is a violation of the state's constitutional ban on religious discrimination.


Editorial: 'Intrinsically evil' canard is a deception

Editorial: Catholic voter's guides that use "intrinsic evil" as the measuring stick to choose "nonnegotiables" are partisan distractions and should be ignored.


Seattle pastor to parishioners: 'Authority never supplants conscience'

A Seattle pastor urged his parishioners to use their consciences when it comes to voting for a same-sex marriage referendum Nov. 6.


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