Friday, January 28, 2022



Waiting for Dobbs

The Supreme Court’s long-awaited decision on abortion almost certainly is a done deal. The justices and their clerks know the result but they aren’t letting on, while the rest of us won’t find out for another five months.

Dobbs v. Jackson: What Did Roberts, Kavanaugh, and Barrett Say?

As the wait begins for a decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization abortion case, close attention will be paid to the comments and questions of three conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court that some observers view as possible swing votes: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., and Associate Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.

One Core Issue May Decide the Dobbs Abortion Case; Here’s Why

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments about the constitutionality of Mississippi’s 15-week state abortion ban on Dec. 1, a high-stakes test of the settled-ness of legalized abortion in a deeply unsettled nation still sharply divided over the right to life.

House Responds to Texas Pro-Life Law, Passes Bill Codifying ‘Right’ to Abortion

The House on Friday passed legislation overriding state pro-life laws and removing limits on abortion up to the point of birth in some cases.

U.S. Bishops Condemn Abortion Funding in House-Passed Spending Bill

Leading U.S. bishops opposed last week the House passage of appropriations bills that fund abortions and exclude some existing conscience protections in health care.

PCC Commends Senate for Passage of Human Trafficking Bills

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference commended members of the Pennsylvania Senate for the passage of three bills on June 25, designed to fight human trafficking. The PCC supports these measures in its on-going efforts to tackle the problem.

U.S. Bishops Approve Drafting of Eucharist Document

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this week voted to move forward on a draft of a teaching document on the Eucharist.

Bishop Rhoades: ‘There’s a Great Need to Better Understand Eucharist’s Centrality’

In the months leading up to the U.S. Bishops’ spring general assembly held June 16-18, headlines in both secular and Catholic media focused primarily on one issue: the potential of a document on Eucharistic consistency and what that would mean in the political sphere.

‘Eucharistic Revival’ to Begin in 2022: ‘We Want to Start a Fire, Not a Program’

The bishops of the United States discussed on June 18 a program of “Eucharistic Revival” which will aim to foster deeper devotion and knowledge about the Eucharist nationwide beginning next summer.

U.S. Bishops Approve Action Items on Their Agenda at Spring Meeting

The Catholic bishops of the U.S. met for their Spring General Assembly, June 16-18 in a virtual format. Their meeting agenda included votes on nine action items.

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