A recent survey by the Boston-based Catholic Investment Services indicated that 90% of Catholics surveyed believed that church organizations should invest funds in ways that are consistent with church teachings. However, because of the sex-abuse scandals that have plagued the church, 31% stated that they are not as inclined to give as much to their parishes as previously.
The bishops argued in a March 22 statement that the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or MATS, are needed to protect pregnant women as well.
With divided government, the budget debate from now through the start of the fiscal year on Oct. 1, and perhaps later, may become contentious as congressional committee hearings shape how tax dollars are spent.
"I think it's more critical than ever for the public, for those of us working in the field, to stay engaged on the issues and remain motivated and committed to freeing the world of nuclear weapons."
Four Catholic Relief Service staff members on their way to a training session in Nairobi, Kenya, were among the passengers aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed moments after takeoff in the east African nation.
A campaign by faith-based investors and investment networks, spearheaded by a New York congregation of women religious, led the nation's largest consumer bank to announce it intended to stop investing in private prison firms.
A broad investor coalition involving religious orders, labor unions and state pension funds that control more than $3 trillion in assets is working with the nation's leading drug distributors as corporate annual meeting season nears.
In a recent Marist College survey, 61% of respondents who identify as "pro-choice" were not against some restrictions concerning abortion. The poll, taken in January 2019, is an annual event sponsored by the Knights of Columbus detailing Americans' views in the run-up to the yearly March for Life, held in Washington, D.C.
Catholic organizations called for greater personal responsibility in tackling climate change and stepped up their advocacy in opposing the rollback of U.S. environmental regulations during the last year.
Pope Francis' repeated invitations to practice mercy and charity have become the focus of efforts to defuse the widespread polarization that has wracked society and has crossed into Catholic circles.