Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, CCG Catholics for the Common Good, Episcopal Adviser

- The legalization of “gay marriage” in America, even on a civil level, is unjust to children and poses a threat to religious liberty, warned Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of Oakland, Calif.


- Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore believes that the fight for religious liberty has not been damaged the Supreme Court’s ruling that President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is constitutional.


Liberal Justice's Opinion May Help
Fight Against HHS Mandate
-- Challengers of the Obama administration's contraception mandate may have been handed a surprising advantage by the Supreme Court's liberal wing, in its partial dissent on the health care reform law.


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.




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