from Tales from the Trail:

Romney goes after Obama on healthcare, contraception

February 7, 2012

Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney on Monday joined a battle over a part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law that has outraged Catholic bishops.

from FaithWorld:

Vatican turns to Internet to stem sexual abuse scandals

June 19, 2011

(A computer mouse pad with an image of Pope John Paul II in Brazil, October 2, 1997/Gregg Newton)

from FaithWorld:

U.S. Catholic bishops approve slight shifts in clerical sexual abuse policy

By Reuters Staff
June 16, 2011

(Clergy abuse victims advocates protest near the courthouse before a hearing on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia sexual abuse scandal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 14, 2011/Tim Shaffer)

from FaithWorld:

China says respects religious freedom after pope laments pressure

May 19, 2011

(China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu in Beijing, December 7, 2010/David Gray)

from FaithWorld:

Report says U.S. Catholic sex abuse “historical”, critics see coverup

May 19, 2011

(Victims of sexual abuse by priests outside the Vatican Embassy in Washington, DC, March 25, 2010/Hyungwon Kang)

from FaithWorld:

Top Vatican expert on sexual abuse explains new Catholic guidelines

May 16, 2011

(Members of Survivors Voice Inc. protest at the Vatican in Rome October 31, 2010. The placard in Italian reads Chiesa senza Abusi ("Church without Abuses")/Max Rossi)

from FaithWorld:

Philippine Catholic bishops clash with Aquino over contraception bill

By Reuters Staff
May 10, 2011

(Participants sit below a huge banner during a mass against a reproductive health (RH) bill in Luneta park, metro Manila, March 25, 2011/Romeo Ranoco)

from FaithWorld:

Filipinos back contraception bill despite Catholic Church-poll

By Reuters Staff
November 30, 2010

philippines 1 (Photo: A reproductive health advocate dressed as a condom distributes condoms to jeepney passengers in Manila March 1, 2010/Romeo Ranoco)

Seven in 10 Filipinos support a reproductive health bill permitting education on contraception which would also help check population growth, despite opposition from the powerful Roman Catholic Church, a survey showed on Tuesday.

from FaithWorld:

Pope seeks Mideast religious liberty, bishops criticise Israel

October 24, 2010

synod 1 (Photo: Bishops at Mass marking the end of the synod of bishops from the Middle East in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican October 24, 2010/Alessia Pierdomenico)

Pope Benedict called on Islamic countries in the Middle East on Sunday to guarantee freedom of worship to non-Muslims and said peace in the region was the best remedy for a worrying exodus of Christians.

from FaithWorld:

Polish bishops call IVF “younger sister of eugenics”

By Reuters Staff
October 19, 2010

cloneBishops of Poland's influential Roman Catholic Church have branded in vitro fertilization (IVF) "the younger sister of eugenics" in a letter aimed at swaying lawmakers ahead of a parliamentary debate.