- Jun 13, 2021
If voters legalize marijuana in California Nov. 8, the cannabis industry can expect sales to increase to $6.5 billion by 2020, a new cannabis industry marketing report predicts. The California Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state’s bishops, has officially taken “no position” on the ballot initiative.
There’s no problem with dissent in Catholicism, which is like a big Italian family, but the hypocrisy of invoking one’s faith to defend positions clearly at odds with Church teaching make politicians such as Tim Kaine, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi hypocrites.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chair of the US bishops’ pro-life committee, has called an ad campaign by “Catholics for Choice” promoting abortion rights “extreme” and “deceptive,” and insists that the group has no connection with the Catholic Church.
A new study finds that religious groups in America contribute $1.2 trillion to the national economy, much of it in charitable services, which would be enough to make U.S. religion the 15th largest economy in the world. Both the left and right should acknowledge that contribution.
Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, who heads the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, has blasted claims by the chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights that “religious freedom” is a code word for discrimination, calling it a “shocking suggestion.”
A new study finds that nearly half of Catholics can’t name any similarities between Catholicism and Islam, three in 10 Catholics admit to having unfavorable views of Muslims, and those surveyed who read Catholic publications had more unfavorable views of Muslims than those who didn’t.
A Pennsylvania monsignor is facing child pornography charges after a friend discovered a file with a reference to nude boys on the monsignor’s computer and reported it to the Allentown, Pennsylvania diocese, which in turn contacted the District Attorney’s office.
The dynamics of the 2016 race illustrate some worrying trends in American life, including deepening divisions and rising levels of rage. Seen through Catholic eyes, however, they also suggest a fairly unique potential for Catholicism to act as an ‘expert in humanity.’