Pope Says:
True Greatness Found
in Humble Service

- Pope Benedict XVI says that the path to real greatness in life is not found in self-promotion but in sacrificial love towards God and other people. 


Supreme Knight Says HHS Mandate has
Re-shaped Country's Political Landscape
- Whether the federal contraception mandate stands or falls, it has changed U.S. politics forever, the head of the Knights of Columbus observed during the 2012 Catholic Media Conference.


-- In a new column, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus says that Catholics can rise above political divides by committing to and living out the Church's teaching on social issues.


Archbishop Lori Kicks-Off
Fortnight for Freedom
with Call to Action
-- Catholics must fight against forces seeking to remove the influence of religion from American culture, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore told over 1,000 Catholics at a Mass beginning a 14-day campaign for religious freedom.


Blueprint for 2012 Evangelization Synod Unveiled
VATICAN CITY, June 19, 2012 -- The working document that will guide the deliberations of the 2012 synod of bishops on the New Evangelization has been unveiled.


Cardinal Dolan Contrasts True Freedom,
'Culture of Death' in New eBook

NEW YORK, NY, June 19, 2012  -- Society faces a choice between true human dignity, and a false concept of freedom culminating in the “culture of death,” New York's Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan explains in his new eBook.


California Bishop Says Defense of Marriage
Encounters Challenges, Hope
ATLANTA, GA, June 19, 2012 -- Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., emphasized that the U.S. bishops' ongoing efforts to defend marriage are critical in the face of continuing cultural and legal threats.


Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles

Archbishop Gomez:
Seminary Teachers Must Be

"Students of American Culture"
Editor's note: Archbishop Gomez' talk has relevance for the laity who are interested in participating in the New Evangelization.
PHILADELPHIA, PA, June 15, 2012 -- Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles told a gathering of seminary teachers and staff that they must study the American culture in order to form priests who can better serve the Church.


Catholic Health Association
Reverses
Course
On Mandate Accommodation 
WASHINGTON DC, June 15, 2012 -- In a call for broader religious exemptions, the Catholic Health Association has backtracked from its initial support for the Obama administration’s compromise on a rule that mandates employer coverage of contraception and sterilization. 


Court Favors Parents in
State Abduction of Home-Schooled Child
GOTLAND, SWEDEN, June 14, 2012 — A Swedish district court has ruled that the parental rights of a 10-year-old boy abducted by the government three years ago for being home-schooled will not be terminated. Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund and the Home School Legal Defense Association are legal advisors to the parents, who are represented by Ruby Harrold-Claesson of the Nordic Committee on Human Rights.


Study Finds Children of Same-Sex Partners
Face Difficulties as Adults
AUSTIN, TX, June 13, 2012 -- Children brought up by partners in same-sex relationships are encountering more difficulties in adulthood than their conventionally-raised counterparts, according to new findings published June 10.


Secrets are Like Land Mines
SAN RAMON, CA, June 12, 2012 --As we approach the Father's Day holiday, we can't help but think of those who do not know their fathers. Some don't know their fathers because they are adopted, because their fathers walked away, or because their fathers have died. But others do not know their fathers because their families have been intentionally structured so that they cannot know him—they were conceived through anonymous sperm donation.


State Department Separates Religious Freedom
From Human Rights in Report
WASHINGTON, DC, June 11, 2012 -- Catholic News Service has reported that the U.S. State Department for the first time has eliminated the status report on religious liberty from its annual human rights report. According to CNS, former US diplomat Thomas Farr, who served in the Clinton and Bush State Departments and as the first Office of International Religious Freedom, speculated that the move may be a reflection of the low priority that the Administration places on religious liberty compare to other issues they place under human rights.


Amb. Ray Flynn: HHS Mandate Driving Wedge
Between Catholics and Democratic Party
BOSTON, June 8, 2012 -- Ambassador Raymond L. Flynn expressed concern about the HHS mandate driving a wedge between Catholics and the Democratic Party as he addressed a Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally at the Boston Commons today.


CCG Receives $15,000 Matching Grant
Launching Campaign to Take Back Marriage
SAN FRANCISCO, June 7, 2012 -- Several weeks ago, the President gave us a gift by clarifying his position on marriage, making it a campaign issue. By redefining marriage, he has unwittingly proposed eliminating the only institution that unites children with their moms and dads. Voters are paying attention, and now the time is ripe for us to go on the offense. We are ready and will be telling you more about this, and some other significant developments over the next few weeks as we reveal our plans.




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