The Catholic Health Association is opposing a regulation in the law that forces Catholic hospitals and other organizations to provide contraception, sterilization and abortifacients to employees. The CHA initially said it was "very pleased" in February after President Barack Obama's administration announced an "accommodation" that would require Catholic organizations' insurers, and not the organizations, to provide contraceptive drugs and services. CHA President Sister Carol Keehan and two CHA officials said June 15 that after a review of the rule, they have concluded that the accommodation does not address their concerns.
Irish report errors
Four Irish archbishops said they told the Vatican that a report on a January 2011 visitation to the Pontifical Irish College in Rome contained factual errors, including incorrect names. The visitation was led by New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan as part of the Church's response to the sexual abuse crisis in the Irish Church.
Cardinal Raymond L. Burke voiced optimism about reconciliation talks with the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X. Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the SSPX, met with Vatican officials June 13.
Bishops prepare message
U.S. bishops approved a proposal to draft a statement on work and the economy at their mid-year meeting June 13. Titled "Catholic Reflections on Work, Poverty and a Broken Economy," the message would advance the bishops' priority of human life and dignity to demonstrate the new evangelization in action. The statement should be ready by November.
Seeking solar energy
The Catholic Church in Kerala state has adopted a new conservation policy to help fight a "looming environment crisis." At the end of its early June assembly, the Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council adopted "Toward Green Meadows," which calls for eco-friendly measures.
Catholic Web domain
The Vatican is in line to control the new Internet address extension ".catholic" and decide who is allowed to use it. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers announced the Vatican's formal application June 13 in London.
Knights set record
The Knights of Columbus announced June 11 that it set new all-time records for charitable donations — $158 million — and volunteer service hours — 70 million — in 2011.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has made the Catechism of the Catholic Church available online.
"We hope that they can handle it in a P.C. way, and that means 'prayerfully collaborative.'"
— Mercy Sister Mary Ann Walsh, spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, speaking about the dispute between the Vatican and American nuns.
"It is so easy in American politics today to be nudged toward being only half-Catholic."
— Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America.
"Anyone good at politics does not pick a fight with the Catholic Church during an election year."
— Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal columnist, on Obama's re-election campaign.
"We can't claim to work for our beliefs and at the same time work against them."
— Bishop James D. Conley of the Archdiocese of Denver, defending the end of grants to an immigrant resource center because of its partnerships with groups that support same-sex marriage.
RAIN OR SHINE: Pilgrims endure the rain as they attend a Mass during the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin June 14. See stories, Pages 4 and 26.
ACTION ITEM: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis and Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta prepare to vote during the U.S. bishops' mid-year meeting in Atlanta June 13.