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efforts to fight the Defense of Marriage Act, senators and legal experts agree that the law will most likely not be repealed in coming months.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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