Being Catholic Means 'Paying a Price,'
Says Detroit Archbishop

VATICAN CITY, February 3, 2012 -- Being Catholic in 2012 involves “paying a price” for loving Jesus Christ and his Church, says Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit.


CCG Summit Gathers CA Leaders
Momentum for Action Building
Stand with Children,
An Expression of the New Evangelization

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Feburary 2, 2012 -- Stand with Children statewide leaders gathered recently at the 4th Annual CCG Leadership Summit in San Francisco to kick off the campaign to reposition marriage in public dialogue. The campaign focuses on the marriage crisis and the need to develop legislation, curricula, and public support to encourage people to marry before having children. Both Archbishop Niederauer and Bishop Cordileone were on hand to provide support and encouragement to the CCG leadership team.


Seattle Archbishop Testifies Against
State's Attempt to Redefine Marriage

OLYMPIA, WA, JANUARY 25, 2012 -- A Washington state bill that would recognize same-sex “marriage” poses a “grave challenge” to the common good, Archbishop of Seattle J. Peter Sartain warned.


San Diego Leaders Share their Story
From Hesitant Observers to Front Line Leaders
"Being Strong Catholic Not Enough"
SAN FRANCISCO, December 30, 2011 -- Amy and Jon Vance, CCG leaders in San Diego, share their story of how they became involved in the marriage movement. Like many of us, they were reluctant at first to speak on the issue. Now they are in the front lines, working with media, and leading others throughout their community. They share their story with us.


Record Drop in US Marriages
Caused by Social Changes
WASHINGTON D.C., December 16, 2011-- The fact that the number of Americans getting married is at a record low is due to changes in society’s values, public policy decisions and economic factors, says sociologist Dr. W. Bradford Wilcox.


Prop 8 Defense Lawyer Makes Strong Close
In 9th Circuit Conflict of Interest Argument
See Video
SAN FRANCISCO, December 9, 2011 -- The Prop 8 Legal Defense team went to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals again on Thursday to present arguments on two motions. The first hearing was to appeal the decision of Federal District Court Chief Judge David Ware to reverse the commitment of trial Judge Vaughn Walker that a video he made for his own use would never be made public. In the second hearing, Charles Cooper, on behalf of the voters of California, argued that Walker's decision must be set aside and a new trial granted because he did not disclose that he was in long-term committed same-sex relationship, the same circumstances as the plaintiffs seeking to overturn Prop 8. In other words, Walker was sitting in judgment of his own case, the defense team argued.


Papal Preacher:
Mary is the Star of Evangelization

VATICAN, December 9, 2011--Gathered with members of his household Friday morning in the Redemptoris mater Chapel of the Apostolic Palace, Pope Benedict XVI heard the second in a series of sermons dedicated to the theme of the New Evangelization.
 


Holy Father:
New Evangelization Depends on Families
VATICAN CITY, December 1, 2011 - "In our time, as in the past, the eclipse of God, the spread of an anti-family ideology and the abasement of sexual morality appear interconnected," Pope Benedict XVI told participants in the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Family today. This is why "the new evangelisation is inseparable from the Christian family. The family is the Church's 'path', because it is a 'human place' in which we encounter Christ. ... The family founded on the Sacrament of Marriage is an individual microcosm of the Church, a community which is saved and saves, which is evangelised and evangelises. Like the Church, the family is called to live, irradiate and express to the world the love and presence of Christ".


Illinois Bishops Announce
Shutdown of Adoption Services- Bishops in three Illinois dioceses announced Nov. 14 that they have dropped their lawsuit against the state and will shut down their adoption and foster care programs, after a civil union law required them to provide their services to same-sex couples.

DOMA Unlikely to Disappear
Before 2012 Elections
-- Despite multiple legislative and judicial efforts to fight the Defense of Marriage Act, senators and legal experts agree that the law will most likely not be repealed in coming months.

CCG to Senate Judiciary Committee:
Don’t Oppose Only Institution Uniting Children with Parents
SAN FRANCISCO, November 7, 2011 -- In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, CCG President, William B. May cautioned the Senators that voting to repeal DOMA is “a statement that the government has no interest in the only institution that promotes that children be raised by their mothers and fathers.”


Bishop Cordileone to Senate Judiciary Committee
Don't Redefine Marriage
Defend Human Rights of Children
WASHINGTON, D.C. November 2, 2011—The Senate Judiciary Committee should uphold the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage at the federal level as the union of one man and one woman, because of its importance to human rights and the common good, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Promotion and Defense of Marriage efforts. In a November 2 letter, Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland and an episcopal adviser to Catholics for the Common Good, asked the Committee to oppose any bill that would repeal DOMA, particularly the Respect for Marriage Act (S. 598).




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