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Catholic bishops maintain focus on same-sex marriage, abortion

| Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Participants listen during the morning general session at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in New Orleans, Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
NEW ORLEANS -- The nation's Roman Catholic bishops meeting Wednesday renewed their focus on same-sex marriage and abortion under Pope Francis. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted to make only limited revisions to a guide they publish every presidential election year on church teaching, voting and public policy.

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Nevada GOP removes opposition to gay marriage, abortion from platform

| Sunday, April 13, 2014
Nevada
LAS VEGAS --- The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values.

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Nev. county removes ‘traditional’ marriage definition from GOP platform

| Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Clark-County-GOP
LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County, Nev., Republican Party edited its official platform statement over the weekend to remove a section defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, cut out a statement opposing abortion and added a section affirming people of all sexual orientations.

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Vatican ambassador: U.S. bishops shouldn’t preach ideology

| Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Patrick Semansky, AP
BALTIMORE — The Vatican ambassador to the U.S., addressing American bishops at their first national meeting since Pope Francis was elected, said Monday they should not "follow a particular ideology" and should make Roman Catholics feel more welcome in church.

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Profiles in extremism: The Virginia GOP’s tea party ticket

| Monday, November 4, 2013
Ken Cuccinelli
This year, after switching its nominating process from a primary election to a convention system, the Virginia Republican Party selected three candidates for statewide office who are far out of the mainstream.

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Vatican polls parishes on birth control, same-sex marriage

| Thursday, October 31, 2013
Alessandra Tarantino, APPope Francis
NEW YORK -- The Vatican is taking the unusual step of conducting a worldwide survey on how parishes deal with sensitive issues such as birth control, divorce and gay marriage, seeking input ahead of a major meeting on the family that Pope Francis plans next year.

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Pope’s blunt remarks on gays, abortion pose challenge for outspoken bishops

| Sunday, September 22, 2013
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the bishops' conference, has been a polarizing figure in the same-sex marriage debate in the U.S.
NEW YORK — In recent years, many American bishops have drawn a harder line with parishioners on what could be considered truly Roman Catholic, adopting a more aggressive style of correction and telling marriage equality and abortion rights supporters to stay away from the sacrament of Communion.

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Despite Pope’s message, R.I. bishop to continue to speak against gay marriage

| Friday, September 20, 2013
Bishop Thomas Tobin
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, known for his activism against legalizing same-sex marriage, struck a conciliatory tone Friday after Pope Francis criticized the Catholic Church for being too obsessed with gays and abortion, but signaled little change in his anti-gay activism.

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Pope Francis criticizes Catholic Church’s obsession with gays, abortion

| Thursday, September 19, 2013
Riccardo De Luca, APPope Francis looks on during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis is warning that the Catholic Church's moral edifice might "fall like a house of cards" if it doesn't balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make the church a merciful, more welcoming place for all.

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R.I. bishop switches from Democrat to Republican over gay marriage, abortion

| Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Bishop Thomas Tobin
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Roman Catholic bishop of Providence says he has become a registered Republican because he can not be associated with the Democratic party's views on abortion and same-sex marriage.

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