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War Is Abortion: Pro-Life Christians Should Care About Gaza
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 4:46pm | Type: Press

July 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Brian Gorman ...

Chile OKs Some Abortions; LGBT Threats Are Global
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:54pm | Type: Press

June 20, 2014 Sojo in the News Womens eNews ...

Forget Republican or Democrat: Americans Divide by Their Values
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

Toss out the party and ideology labels: Republican, Democrat, conservative, liberal. Toss out the party and ideology labels: Republican, Democrat, conservative, liberal. The Pe ...

Hispanic Catholics Differ with Evangelicals — and with the Church
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

The Pew Research Center’s look at “The Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos in the United States” also examined their beliefs, behavior, and views on social issues. The Pew Rese ...

Pope Francis Broaches a Rare Topic: Abortion
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis reiterated his strong opposition to abortion on Friday, saying it “compounds the grief of many women” already succumbing to what he called the “pressures of secular culture.” ...

Sex and the Never-Ending Christian Adolescence
Originally Posted: 04/02/2014 - 7:31am | Type: Blog

I don’t know any adult who would willingly repeat adolescence. Yet here we are — we Christians seeking hope, grace, mercy, and purpose, we believers in a God of justice — treating our faith as an endless adole ...

Can Pope Francis Help 'Reset' Frayed Ties Between Obama and the Catholic Bishops?
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

When President Obama and Pope Francis sit down at the Vatican on Thursday, the meeting may well offer a vision of what could have been for Democrats and the Catholic Church over the last six years: a leader of ...

U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke: Pope Francis Opposes Abortion and Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 6:01pm | Type: Blog

As Pope Francis led the world’s cardinals in talks aimed at shifting the church’s emphasis from following rules to preaching mercy, a senior American cardinal took to the pages of the Vatican newspaper on Frid ...

Abortion Rate Hits Lowest Level Since 1973
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

The abortion rate in the U.S. has dropped to its lowest level since the procedure became legal in 1973, according to a new data analysis that reflects a 13 percent decline in both the abortion rate and the num ...

Some Protest, Others Celebrate Roe v. Wade with Festive Meals
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

Arriving home from school on Jan. 22, 1973, Mary Wissink noticed her mother was unusually animated. Arriving home from school on Jan. 22, 1973, Mary Wissink noticed her mother was ...

Anti-Abortion Activist Frank Pavone Is Back in Church's Good Graces
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

After years of tensions with various bishops, Rev. Frank Pavone has complied with demands to straighten out the group’s finances and to become accountable to his home diocese in New York. ...

Pope Francis: An Imitation of Christ
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 5:36pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is TIME's Person of the Year. But that is only because Jesus is his Person of the Day — every day. Pope Francis is  TIME's Person of the Year . But t ...

Behind Scenes, Catholic Bishops Seek Exit Strategy for Obamacare Mandate
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 5:46pm | Type: Blog

After a closed-door session at their annual meeting in Baltimore this month, the U.S. Catholic bishops issued an unusual "special message" reaffirming their long-standing opposition to the Obama admi ...

Catholic Bishops' New President Can Help Hierarchy Pivot Toward Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

After serving as vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for the past three years, there was little surprise when Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., was elected this week to the top ...

Catholic Bishops Challenged to Adapt to Pope Francis’ Priorities
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

As the U.S. Catholic bishops began their annual fall meeting on Monday, they were directly challenged by Pope Francis’ personal representative to be pastors and not ideologues — the first step of what could be ...

As Catholic Bishops Meet, the 'Francis Effect' Changes Everything
Originally Posted: 11/06/2013 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

When the nation’s Catholic bishops gather on Monday for their annual fall meeting in Baltimore, one of their chief duties will be choosing a new slate of leaders to guide the American hierarchy for the next th ...

Survey: Majority of Libertarians Do Not Identify with Tea Party
Originally Posted: 10/29/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

According to the new American Values Survey, an annual release from the Public Religion Research Institute, a full 61 percent of libertarians do not consider themselves part of the Tea Party. ... In fact, only ...

Gender-Based Abortions Spark Outrage in England
Originally Posted: 10/10/2013 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

A group of Christian lawyers plans to sue two medical doctors who have raised a storm of controversy for arranging the abortion of female fetuses because the parents wanted boys. ...

Survey: Hispanics Flock to Pope Francis, the Democratic Party
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

A new survey of Hispanic political and religious values finds they’re overwhelmingly Democrats who hold a largely negative view of the Republican Party. A new survey of Hispanic p ...

U.S. Asks Supreme Court to Review Hobby Lobby’s Birth Control Mandate Challenge
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

Federal officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the government mandate that private companies offer employees birth control coverage despite the business owner’s moral objections, with the compan ...

The Man I Didn't Want to Love
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 9:08am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis offered an avalanche of Love, a deluge of Compassion, a flight of Hope. What I found most striking as I read the article was the consistency of his theme, no matter how far-ranging the topic. It w ...

Pope Francis Stuns the Church — But Will It Have a Lasting Effect?
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Thursday rocked the Catholic Church and surprised the wider world with a free-ranging interview that charted a course away from an institution that’s “obsessed” with a few sexual and moral issu ...

The ‘Cold-Call Pope’ Reaches Out and Touches a Lot of People
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

Of all the novelties that Pope Francis has brought to the Vatican, few have endeared him to the public — and unsettled his aides — as much as his penchant for picking up the phone and calling someone out of th ...

Bans on Abortion by Telemedicine Growing
Originally Posted: 08/12/2013 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

Missouri last month joined six other states that have enacted bans on abortion by telemedicine this year. That’s a process in which women take pregnancy-ending medication that a doctor remotely administers dur ...

Pastor, Prophet, Pope
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 4:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Stephen F. Schneck Francis—refreshingly candid and seemingly repelled by the perks of the papacy—offers new hope for the Catholic Church ...

The Accidental Moral Mirror of Monsters University
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

It struck me that the movie presents – probably quite by accident – an opportunity to talk about a deep moral reality. So what follows will only begin obliquely by talking about cute monsters ...

White House Denies Contraception Exemption to Private Businesses
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

The Obama administration on Friday issued final rules for religious groups for its controversial contraception mandate, maintaining its position on who qualifies for religious exemption and allowing no carve-o ...

Abortion Bill Reopens Tricky Terrain for Republicans
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

As the House debates a bill to limit abortion, Republicans are reopening a subject that cost them dearly in 2012 and continues to present perils for the party’s attempt to appeal to women voters. ...

Activists Rally to Bury the Bodies from Gosnell Abortion Trial
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

Now that the trial for abortion provider Kermit Gosnell has ended with a conviction, many are asking what public officials in Philadelphia plan to do with the 47 bodies from the case. ...

Kermitt Gosnell Spared the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

A Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies will not face the death penalty. A Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of first- ...

Will the Kermit Gosnell Verdict Change the Abortion Debate?
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

Even before rogue abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted in Philadelphia on Monday of delivering and then killing late-term infants, abortion opponents were convinced they had a case that could reshape an ab ...

U.S. Anti-Abortion Leaders Join Rome’s March for Life
Originally Posted: 05/09/2013 - 9:20am | Type: Blog

American anti-abortion leaders will be in Rome on Sunday to participate in Italy’s third March for Life and lend their expertise to the nation’s small anti-abortion movement as it tries to learn from its Ameri ...

Irish Abortion Debate Reflects Growing Church-State Tensions
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

Most European countries allow abortion on demand during the first trimester, but in Ireland, where there is still a palpable struggle between Catholic influence and an increasingly secular state. In many ways, ...

Catholic Bishops Oppose Violence Against Women Act Over Sexual Orientation Provisions
Originally Posted: 03/08/2013 - 5:47pm | Type: Blog

Five key Catholic bishops are opposing the newly authorized Violence Against Women Act for fear it will subvert traditional views of marriage and gender, and compromise the religious freedom of groups that aid ...

Across the Board, Peace
Originally Posted: 03/22/2013 - 4:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg Jim Balmer Jim Balmer is an antiwar activist whose commitment to no ...

Real-World Solutions
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:53am | Type: Magazine Article

Marcia Pally Abortion rates have dropped, and many people of faith are very interested in the reasons why. BE ...

Children Conceived Through Rape Open New Front in Abortion Culture Wars
Originally Posted: 02/05/2013 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

Forty years after the Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion, children who were conceived through rape — and women who were raped and chose to end the pregnancy — are speaking out, opening a new front in the ...

State Bill Calls Abortion After Rape ‘Evidence Tampering’
Originally Posted: 01/25/2013 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

A New Mexico lawmaker has drawn fire for proposing legislation to classify an abortion after a sexual assault as “tampering with evidence.” A New Mexico lawmaker has drawn fire fo ...

Abortion Foes Debate Best PR Approach
Originally Posted: 01/24/2013 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

When thousands of abortion opponents gather Friday on the National Mall for their annual protest march, they will be united in their fierce passion for ending a procedure that the Supreme Court legalized 40 ye ...

How Abortion Became An Evangelical Issue
Originally Posted: 01/24/2013 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

Were America’s evangelical Christians always stalwartly pro-life and opposed to abortion? Sadly, we were not. Evangelicals haven't always been part of the pro-life coalition. ...

40 Years After Roe v. Wade, How Do Americans Really Feel About Abortion?
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 11:31am | Type: Blog

In the past four decades, American attitudes have changed markedly on gay marriage, smoking, bullying, and a host of other cultural issues. In the past four decades, American atti ...

The Abortion Debate: We’re All in This Together
Originally Posted: 01/22/2013 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

This is a memorable week: on Monday the inauguration of President Obama on the holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., and today, the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court. Some p ...

40 Years After Roe v. Wade, Abortion Roes Are Winning — And Losing
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 6:00pm | Type: Blog

Four decades after Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion, many opponents of the decision are in a celebratory mood while those backing abortion rights are glum, feeling that mo ...

Once Again, Pro-Life Democrats Fail to Persuade
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 5:20pm | Type: Press

September 7, 2012 Sojo in the News Michael New ...

Chastened Catholic Bishops Told They Have to Reform Themselves
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

After sweeping setbacks to the hierarchy’s agenda on Election Day, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Monday told U.S. Catholic bishops that they must now examine their own failings, confess their sins and ref ...

Is There a Political Plan B for the Bishops?
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

Clearly the political strategy of the bishops is not working. So where do the bishops go from here? As the bishops gather in Baltimore this week for their annual meeting, they li ...

Religious Consistency and Hypocrisy: Election 2012
Originally Posted: 11/01/2012 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

Let’s be clear: On Nov. 6, neither a Republican nor Democratic victory will bring in the Kingdom of God. Most people in America, whether they are religious or not, prefer consist ...

Millennials' Reflections on the New American Values Survey
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

On Tuesday, the religion, policy, and politics project at Brookings and the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) hosted a forum to release PRRI's fourth American Values Survey (AVS), a large national ...

Young Evangelicals Disagree With Their Political Party on Range of Issues, Study Suggests
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 3:42pm | Type: Press

October 18, 2012 Sojo in the News Napp Nazworth ...

Values of a Public Faith (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 10/19/2012 - 1:42pm | Type: Blog

In this year of presidential elections, I have decided to summarize key values that guide me as I decide for whom to cast my vote. Editor's Note:  This is part two of a ...