Catholic Bishops Keep Focus on Abortion, Marriage

Wednesday Jun 11, 2014

U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are staying focused on abortion and gay marriage under Pope Francis.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted Wednesday to make only limited revisions to the voting guide they publish every presidential election year. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Texas, says the document will continue to cite abortion as a top issue.

Francis has said he wants more focus on mercy than divisive social issues. DiNardo is among many bishops who say the pope wasn't seeking less attention to abortion, but instead wanted more attention on poverty.

The bishops meeting in New Orleans also reaffirmed their fight for broader religious exemptions to laws recognizing gay marriage and to a requirement in the Affordable Care Act that employers provide health insurance covering birth control.

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  • Bob K, 2014-06-11 17:56:49

    Do you want them to back off on marriage? PICKET! Do you want them to back off on abortion? PICKET! NO GAY PERSON, NOR THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY, should stand for this. And they certainly should not sit through mass and pretend everything is OK.

  • , 2014-06-11 19:43:50

    They have to focus on SOMETHING. I mean, God help them if they focused on themselves and pedophilia.

  • Wayne M., 2014-06-12 22:52:41

    I have a better idea for these bishops: Focus on ensuring bishops and archbishops who covered up the sexual abuse by priests are defrocked and required to face justice for their crimes. Then, if they truly want to strengthen marriage, perhaps they may want to ensure there are better support systems to help couples who are having marital difficulties instead of throwing troubled couples to the wolves.

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