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U.S. bishops view Supreme Court’s rulings as ‘tragic day for marriage’

Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service Washington — U.S. Catholic bishops said the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 rulings on same-sex marriage were a “tragic day for marriage and our nation.” The court, in separate 5-4 rulings, struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which defined marriage as between one man and one…

Cardinal Dolan: HHS rules create ‘second’ and ‘third-class citizens’

Catholic News Service Washington — The new proposed rules issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding insurance coverage of contraceptives show movement but fall short of addressing the U.S. bishops’ concerns, New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said in a Feb. 7 statement. The cardinal, who is president of the U.S.…

HHS offers new contraceptive insurance options, broadening exemptions

Catholic News Service Washington — Exemptions from certain requirements for contraceptive coverage in the Affordable Care Act will be broadened to include many more types of religious institutions and accommodate the needs of self-insured church entities. A new set of proposed rules announced Feb. 1 by the Department of Health and Human Services appear to accommodate…