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.
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
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.
Democrats Leave Party Over
Marriage, Religious Freedom Concerns
-- A wave of local and state Democrats throughout the U.S. are leaving the party due to controversy over its leaders’ support for “gay marriage,” as well as concerns about religious freedom and the defense of the unborn.
Dissenting Judges Scold Colleagues
Appeals Court Denies Petition for En Banc Review
Prop 8 Remains in Effect Pending Appeal
Case Moves to Supreme Court
SAN FRANCISCO, June 5, 2012 -- This morning, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a split decision, denied a request by the Prop 8 legal defense team for a review by the full court (en banc) of the 2-1 decision by a three-judge panel in February that struck down Prop 8. The court did not disclose how close the deciding vote of the judges was, but the denial was not unexpected. It clears the way for the case to defend Prop 8 to go to the United States Supreme Court. We are pleased that the court decided to issue a stay that keeps Prop 8 in effect pending the appeal.
Calif. Gay Therapy Restriction
Bill Passes Senate
Called Intrusive and Unscientific
SACRAMENTO, CA, June 3, 2012 -- California's senate has approved a bill restricting the therapeutic treatment of homosexuality in minors. Critics say the measure fails to respect scientific standards, as well as personal and family rights. Dr. Christopher Rosik, president of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), said the largely partisan May 30 vote represented a “triumph of political activism over objective science.”
Pope: The Married Family
Can Change the World
-- Pope Benedict XVI has told the 7th World Meeting of Families in Milan that the family based upon marriage can revolutionize modern society for the better.
1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down DOMA
Bishop Cordileone: Decision ‘Grave Injustice’
Respecting Reality of Marriage Protects Children
WASHINGTON, DC, June 1, 2012—A federal appeals court decision May 31 to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act is a matter of “grave injustice,” said Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.
Sex-selection Abortion Ban Draws
Majority Support but Fails in House
WASHINGTON, DC, June 1, 2012 -- Despite gaining the support of more than half of the U.S. House of Representatives, a bill to prohibit abortions based on the sex of the unborn child was defeated on May 31.