Bishop Lori Urges Action:
Testifies on Threats to Religious Liberty -- The U.S. bishops’ point man on religious liberty urged the U.S. Congress to protect the right to religious freedom in America because of several actions taken by the Obama administration.
Religious Liberty Threatened in America
Archbishop Gomez Warns -- In an article for First Things, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles pointed to several recent examples of religious freedom being suppressed in the U.S. and warned that the basis of the country's democracy is at stake.
Shameful Indifference by U.S. to
Persecution of Middle East Christians
BOSTON, MA, October 11, 2011--The following statement was released by Catholics for the Common Good Adviser, Ambassador Raymond L. Flynn about the lack of response by the U.S. government to the "horrific mistreatment of Christians in the Middle East."
Amb Ray Flynn: Religious Bigotry In Politics
Should Be Rejected
BOSTON, MA, October 10, 2011 -- "With the killing and brutality of Christians in the Middle East and throughout the world, it is the height of hypocrisy and religious bigotry for Evangelicals to be attacking Mitt Romney because of his Mormon faith," said CCG Adviser Ambassador Raymond Flynn. "Any candidate who does not reject this anti American Constitution rant and bias, should be disqualified from holding elected office."
Bishops' New Religious Freedom Chairman
Sees Government Playing God
WASHINGTON D.C., September 30, 2011 -- Emerging threats to religious freedom have inspired the U.S. bishops to establish a new committee for its protection. Its chairman sees government taking God's place as the source of the “first freedom.”
HHS's Contraceptive Mandate
Violates Conscience Rights
Send Comments Before September 30
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 1, 2011 -- In implementing the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently issued guidelines requiring almost all private health plans to cover FDA-approved contraceptive methods and sterilization as “preventive services” for women. On August 3, HHS published an interim final rule that references these guidelines, and allows HRSA to implement a very narrow and inadequate religious exemption. This action poses an unprecedented threat to the religious freedom of individuals and institutions. Until now, no federal law has required private health plans to cover these services.
Sunny in Madrid, Stormy in Damascus
ROME, August 18, 2011-- The few Arab Christians present at World Youth Day ask not to be forgotten. In Libya, and even more so in Syria, they are afraid that the fall of the regimes will bring them more harm than good. The caution of Vatican diplomacy.
US Bishops' Spokesperson Rips
Health and Human Services
for Interfering in Religion
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 8, 2011-- U.S. bishops' spokesperson Sr. Mary Ann Walsh blasted the Department of Health and Human Services for interfering in the work of religious hospitals that want to opt out of providing free contraceptives.
Pope: Defend and Promote Right to Freedom
Message to Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences
VATICAN CITY, May 4, 2011 (VIS) - Today was made public the Pope's message to Mary Ann Glendon, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, and the members of that institution at the closure of their seventeenth plenary assembly held in Rome from 29 April to 3 May on the theme: "Universal Rights in a World of Diversity: The Case of Religious Freedom".
Bishop Lori Addresses
Increasing Threat to Religious Freedom
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 27, 2011-- Americans must be on guard against the government’s tendency to treat Christians’ right to stand for the truth as a “carveout” granted or taken away by legislators at will, said Bishop William Lori of the diocese of Bridgeport on Wednesday.
Illinois Court Protects Pharmacists’
Rights of Conscience
SAN FRANCISCO, April 6, 2011-- Life Legal Defense Foundation reports that the Illinois Circuit Court for Sangamon County issued a ruling on Tuesday which held that pharmacists with conscientious objections to dispensing emergency contraceptives cannot be forced to do so.
Proposed Rulemaking Threatens
Faith-Based Participation in Fed Housing Programs
WASHINGTON (March 25, 2011)——The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has urged the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) not to adopt a proposed regulation that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected categories for which discrimination in HUD programs is prohibited.
Interracial Marriage Bans Were About Eugenics,
Not Redefining Marriage
Claimed "Fundamental Right to Marry" is Bogus
People defending the reality of marriage often have difficulty responding to claims that excluding same-sex couples from marriage is similar to the bans on interracial marriage that were in place in some U.S. states as lated as 1967. From the cases overturning those bans, those advocating for the redefinition of marriage alsofalsely claim that the courts established a fundamental right to marriage that applies to same-sex couples. What is going on is another attempt to confuse people about the redefinition of marriage, trying to claim discrimination against same-sex couples is similar to discrimination against interracial couples seeking marriage. This is a scurulous distortion and cover up of one of the most ugly eras in American history.
UC Davis Rescinds Anti-Christian Policy
DAVIS, CA, February 17, 2011— The University of California at Davis agreed Wednesday to either revise or eliminate its problematic definition of religious discrimination that characterized Christians as oppressors of non-Christians. The definition was the subject of a letter sent to UC-Davis by an Alliance Defense Fund allied attorney on behalf of more than 25 concerned students that same day.