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Congress combats targeting of traditional marriage advocates

Jun 26, 2015 - 12:00 am .- A new bill protecting the religious liberty traditional marriage advocates has the support of two leading U.S. bishops. But will the First Amendment Defense Act be enough to stem the rising tide of anti-discrimination lawsuits across the nation?  The First Amendment Defense Act establishes protections – largely regarding federal taxes and benefits – for individuals and organizations who conscientiously believe that marriage is between one man and one woman and that no sexual relations should take place outside this bond. “In a climate of increasing intolerance, these protections are very much needed,” wrote Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore in a letter to the bill’s sponsors.

California legislators renew push against Junipero Serra, saint and Hispanic 'founding father'

Jun 25, 2015 - 02:37 pm .- A statue of Franciscan missionary and saint-to-be Father Junipero Serra has stood in the U.S. Capitol since 1931, but its future may depend on an upcoming hearing in the California legislature and the success of a “Let's Save Serra” campaign.

The dark side of living 'childfree'

Jun 25, 2015 - 04:02 am .- A few months ago, several writers opened up a conversation they felt was long overdue in a book titled “Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision to Not Have Kids.”

Coming to the World Meeting of Families: Andrea Bocelli

Jun 25, 2015 - 12:00 am .- Renowned classical tenor Andrea Bocelli is accustomed to performing sold-out concerts around the world. He is comfortable center stage at Carnegie Hall and has sold over eighty million records during his musical career.   But come September, Bocelli will change his pace and join another award-winning musician - Colombian superstar Juanes - to perform for Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. 

Don't overturn social order, faith leaders urge Supreme Court before marriage case

Jun 24, 2015 - 05:06 pm .- As the Supreme Court will rule on same-sex marriage before the month’s end, over 50,000 Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Jewish leaders have united to stand up for marriage as between one man and one woman.

The one theologian you need to know about when reading Laudato Si'

Jun 24, 2015 - 04:32 pm .- With so many interpretations being presented for Pope Francis’ new encyclical, Fr. Robert Barron says only one theologian can give us the proper context for reading Laudato Si': Romano Guardini.

Father Flanagan founded Boys Town. Will he be recognized as a saint?

Jun 23, 2015 - 04:58 pm .- The case for the sainthood of Servant of God Edward Flanagan, the priest who founded Nebraska’s famous Boys Town community for orphans and other boys, is now headed to Rome.

Have a family, grow a garden, be holy – conclusions from Laudato Si

Jun 23, 2015 - 03:46 pm .- The vision behind Pope Francis’ newest encyclical is one that offers a holistic proposal of stewardship rooted in faith, offering a lens through which to view the environment, said several Catholic theologians and ecologists.

Modern martyrs should inspire US Christians, archbishop says

Jun 22, 2015 - 04:11 pm .- The plight of persecuted religious believers overseas should inspire American Catholics and others to continue their defense of religious freedom at home, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore said.

Dorothy Day had nothing to say to this theologian – or so he thought

Jun 20, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- Ever since entering the Church 27 years ago, theologian Lance Richey had always known about the Catholic social activist Dorothy Day in passing.

Infallible? Informal? How binding is the new encyclical on Catholics?

Jun 19, 2015 - 04:25 pm .- With the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment this week came a wave of controversy over the Pope’s statements about climate change, species extinction and other scientific topics.

US bishops on 'Laudato Si' – it's about conversion

Jun 18, 2015 - 02:05 pm .- Several leading U.S. bishops praised the new papal encyclical as an invitation to turn away from sin and grow closer to God through a relationship to the created world.

After mass shooting horror, S.C. Catholics mourn with Charleston church

Jun 18, 2015 - 12:30 pm .- A mass shooting at a historic African-American church in Charleston, S.C. drew prayers and sympathy from the state’s Catholics, aghast at the horror of the crime which may have had racial motivations.

Top US bishops unwavering in support of traditional marriage ahead of Synod

Jun 17, 2015 - 03:04 am .- In their spring general assembly held last week, just four months before the Synod on the Family in Rome, top U.S. bishops took a united stand in support of marriage and family life as the Church has always understood it.

Ahead of Supreme Court marriage decision, states act to protect religious freedom

Jun 16, 2015 - 07:24 pm .- As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to deliver a ruling that could lead to sweeping changes in the definition of marriage nationwide, two states have enacted new legal protections for those with religious objections to recognizing same-sex ‘marriages.’

How the US bishops believe America can overcome racial violence

Jun 16, 2015 - 03:43 pm .- The head of the U.S. bishops’ conference pledged support for reconciliation and healing efforts in areas around the country that have been the site of racial tension and violent clashes between police and citizens.

For Archbishop Gomez, assisted suicide bill is empty compassion

Jun 16, 2015 - 12:02 am .- People suffering from terminal illness deserve true compassion and care – not violence, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles said as the California legislature’s assisted suicide bill advances.

Minn. archbishop resigns with 'clear conscience' amid sex abuse charges

Jun 15, 2015 - 08:43 am .- Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the archbishop and an auxiliary bishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, less than two weeks after the archdiocese was charged with mishandling sexual abuse cases.

Married couples to Catholic Church: Give us clear, positive teaching on marriage

Jun 14, 2015 - 04:34 pm .- Alice Heinzen was with her dad and siblings on a ski trip when she froze on top of what looked like a treacherous mountain path. Her dad was waiting at the bottom, and so were her other siblings – who had all fallen down along the way.

Priests needed: As Church growth explodes worldwide, parishes can't keep up

Jun 12, 2015 - 05:11 am .- The global Catholic population is growing – so quickly, in fact, that priest and parish numbers cannot keep up, says a new study on trends in the worldwide Church.

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