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It’s About Life: U.S. Catholic Bishops Outline Principles on EPA Carbon Regulations
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

Since last Monday and even in the months leading up to the release of the new EPA rules governing carbon pollution, there’s been a battle royale in the media and the blogosphere between the fossil fuel industr ...

If It Weren’t for Jesus, I Might be Pro-Death Penalty Too
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

We dare not forget the story – of a God who so loved the world that Jesus was sent, not to condemn the world but to save it. We must not forget that much of the Bible was written by murderers who were given a ...

Capital Punishment and the Power of Art
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma on Tuesday has refocused the nation on the inherent contradictions in the death penalty. But here in Wisconsin last week, an opera helped focus the attentio ...

Tennessee Death Row Inmates Invite Governor to Pray With Them
Originally Posted: 04/26/2014 - 7:25pm | Type: Blog

Last week, the men on Tennessee’s death row, four of whom have scheduled execution dates in the near future, invited Gov. Bill Haslam, the man who signs the death warrants, to join them for prayer ...

Pope Francis Breathes New Life into Cardinal Bernardin’s Contested Legacy
Originally Posted: 10/25/2013 - 3:12pm | Type: Blog

The election of Pope Francis in March heralded a season of surprises for the Catholic Church, but perhaps none so unexpected – and unsettling for conservatives – as the re-emergence of the late Chicago Cardina ...

Gender-Based Abortions Spark Outrage in England
Originally Posted: 10/10/2013 - 2:41pm | 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. ...

The ‘Cold-Call Pope’ Reaches Out and Touches a Lot of People
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 4:22pm | 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 - 2:14pm | 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 ...

The Accidental Moral Mirror of Monsters University
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 9:29am | 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 ...

Gun Violence: How Valuable is a Life?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

What about all the images of God erased from our lives and families every year through gun violence in the U.S.? Earlier this month, my friend and colleague,  Richard Twiss , co ...

Will He Find Faith?
Originally Posted: 02/11/2013 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

I do feel like a disembodied voice crying in the wilderness as I struggle, like a fish swimming upstream, to believe that the Gospel is real and solid and still matters.  C.S. Lew ...

Children Conceived Through Rape Open New Front in Abortion Culture Wars
Originally Posted: 02/05/2013 - 9:59am | 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 ...

The Abortion Debate: We’re All in This Together
Originally Posted: 01/22/2013 - 10:29am | 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 ...

PHOTO ESSAY: 'Pro-Life' Redefined
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 12:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey People of all stripes are redefining what it means to be “pro-life” by upholding a consistent ethic of life—from womb to tomb. Take conservative luminary Richard Vigu ...

Pro-Life, Pro-Left
Originally Posted: 01/11/2013 - 4:58pm | Type: Press

September 28, 2012 Sojo in the News Molly Worthen ...

Woman Crusades to Save Sister’s Life, End the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

SPOKANE, Wash. -- They stood in front of a shopping mall, shackled together, heads down, nameplates dangling around their necks, bearing the names of men and women who have died on America’s death row. Cal Bro ...

Catholic Bishops: Unemployment Benefits are Pro-Life
Originally Posted: 12/15/2011 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released a letter to Congress on Monday concerning unemployment benefits. Bishop Leonard Blaire of Toledo, Ohio, the letter's signatory, makes the argument ...

Perry Defends his "War on Religion" Attack Ad
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

Yes, the Obama administration is going to have differences with some of the Catholic bishops. But that doesn’t mean it’s a war. The Governor should know that if he was elected President he would have some big ...

A Tribute to Mark O. Hatfield
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Mark O. Hatfield's political witness shaped a whole generation of students, teachers, pastors, and social activists in the evangelical community and beyond. Mark O. Hat ...

Is George W. Bush Pro-Life? Is Any Politician?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Former President George W. Bush <a href="http://www.ocregister.com/news/bush-232385-life-president.html">receives a pro-life award</a> this weekend from Legatus, an organization ...

Advent and Advocacy: A Year of Activism in Review
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Advent is with us again, calling us to reflect and review, and the Sojourners policy team wants to thank you for walking with us in 2009. Advent is with us again, calling us to re ...

The Media's Favorite Catholic Culture Warrior
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Just in time for Halloween, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is once again spooked about all those "radical secularists" lurking ominously behind ever corner. ...

Health Care: Where Do We Go from Here?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Sixteen Christian leaders talk faith, policy, justice, and reform. Featuring Jim Wallis, Harry R. Sixteen Christian leaders talk faith, policy, justice, and reform. Featuring Jim ...

A Good Friday Appeal to Abolish the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Ten years ago on Good Friday, the <a href="http://www.usccb.org/sdwp/national/criminal/appeal.shtml">United States Conference of Catholic Bishops</a> issued a statement and call to action ...

Changing the Image of Religion: The New Faith Coalition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The day after the inauguration, I will be joining with Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, and Christian leaders at the National Prayer Service for our new president. The day after the inaugur ...

Keeping the 'Consistent' in 'Consistent Ethic of Life'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Twelve years ago this week, the Catholic Church lost one of her great and humble leaders, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin.</p> Twelve years ago this week, the Catholic Church lost ...

A New Faith Coalition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Most elections are just power rearrangements; this one was a transformational moment in our history. Most elections are just power rearrangements; this one was a transformational ...

A Consistent Ethic of Life from the Unborn to Baghdad
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Two pictures rotating on my laptop's screen-saver instantaneously rotate in my mind each time I hear a candidate or a preacher address the "value of human life."</p> ...

Confessions of an Alternative Voter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

I'm pretty sure I have more sympathy for <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=3293">Shane and his treatment of what I'll call "alternative voting"</a> (pr ...

Audio: Evangelical and Catholic Leaders Offer Alternative Pro-Life Position
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

<em>Editor's Note: During a teleconference today, evangelical and Catholic leaders challenged people of faith to evaluate candidates on a consistent ethic of life that protects life from the "w ...

Voting as Damage Control
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Every day I am asked how I will be voting.</p> Every day I am asked how I will be voting. Principled Christian non-voters and secular anarchists have written to urge a p ...

James Dobson's 'Letter From 2012 in Obama's America'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

James Dobson, you owe America an apology. James Dobson, you owe America an apology. The fictional letter released through your Focus on the Family Action organization, titled &q ...

My Personal 'Faith Priorities' for this Election
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

In 2004, several conservative Catholic bishops and a few megachurch pastors like Rick Warren issued their list of "non-negotiables," which were intended to be a voter guide for their followers. ...

What is the Meaning of "Life"? -- Seeking Common Ground on Abortion Reduction
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

For too long abortion was seen as the only "life" issue in our culture and politics, but there is a growing conviction among Christians that poverty, disease, war, the health-care crisis, human tra ...