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St. Louis Bishop’s Attack On Girl Scouts Backfires As Cookie Sales Skyrocket

A Missouri chapter of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. recently raised a record amount of money at its annual fundraiser, thanks in part to a backlash to critical comments from a prominent Catholic cleric.

In a February missive, Roman Catholic Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis slammed the Girl Scouts for supposedly promoting ideas that are “incompatible” with Catholic doctrine. Read more

Taxpayers And Evangelization: Who Should Foot The Bill For Preaching?

In late January, the Roman Cath­olic hierarchy celebrated “Catholic Schools Week.” To mark this event, the bishops issued a statement lauding Catholic schools for leading “the New Evangelization.”

 “Catholic schools have a rich history in supporting the work of on-going evangelization of the Catholic community in the United States,” observed Bishop Joseph P. McFadden of Harrisburg, Pa., in a media statement. He praised the role of parochial schools in “offering the life-giving Word of the Gospel” and “a challenging education in an atmosphere where Jesus Christ is the center.” Read more

Praying For Theocracy?: Across The Country, Groups Seek To Impose 'Religious Law'

The New York Times today reported on a sad and worrisome situation in Vallejo, Calif.

Though the community faces a financial crisis, much like the rest of the country, The Times asserts the town is also struggling because "its political system increasingly reflects the influence of evangelical churches." Read more

Amen, Sister!: Catholic Bishops' Media Rep. Preaches Nonpartisan Pulpits

I can't say I agree with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops all that often. The hierarchy's stands for tax aid to religious schools and against reproductive rights, civil rights for gay people, stem-cell research and other issues are often wrong from my perspective.

That's why I was surprised to see a recent Religion News Service essay on religion and politics from a USCCB representative that was pretty much on target. Read more