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Catholics For The Common Good: Wedding rings and Flowers by Alena KratochvilovaFlorist Faces Second Lawsuit
Over Gay Wedding Refusal
SEATTLE, WA, April 23, 2013-- A florist in Washington is being sued for a second time after choosing not to provide flower arrangements for a gay customer's upcoming wedding.  


Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Catholics for the Common Good Adviosor and chair of the USCCB Subcommittee on Promotion and Defense of Marriage

Bishops Object To Defense Department
Same-Sex Domestic Partners Policy
WASHINGTON, DC, February 15, 2013— Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, voiced concern February 15 about a new Department of Defense (DOD) policy on "same-sex domestic partners" and about related comments made by President Obama in his State of the Union address.


Cardinal George speaks of martydom secularization culture

Cardinal George Warns US Secularization
Is More Serious than Elections
Fears Imprisonment, Martyrdom for Successors

CHICAGO, IL, October 23, 2012 -- Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has said that the “secularizing” of American culture is a “much larger issue” than political causes or the outcome of the presidential elections, warning against a rise of anti-religious sentiment and restating his fears of a future persecution in the United States.


USCCB Responds To Biden Mistatement
Clarifies Facts On HHS Mandate
WASHINGTON
, DC, October 12, 2012 — Today, the USCCB release a statement disputing a misrepresentation by Vice President Joseph Biden of the consequences of the Federal HHS Mandate on the Catholic Church and people of faith. The statement was made in the course last night's Vice Presidential Debate with Republican challenger Rep. Paul Ryan. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is forcing virtually all employers to include sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion, in the health insurance coverage they provide their employees. In many cases, Catholic institutions are self-insured, meaning they will have to pay for such services directly.


Auxiliary Bishop MadisonUS Bishops Say Muslims, Catholics Share Religious Freedom Concerns
-- In a statement of support and friendship toward the Muslim community, the U.S. bishops' ecumenical committee leader encouraged trust and collaboration between the two faiths, especially in the task of defending religious freedom in the public square.


-- Two U.S. representatives have introduced a bill to stop the federal government from taxing religious employers that decline to cover contraception and abortion-causing drugs in their health plans.


- The head of Italy's new religious liberty watchdog group warned that present threats of “discriminatory legislation” in the U.S. could eventually result in violence against Christians in America.


- 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.


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.


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. 


State Department Separates Religious Freedom
From Human Rights in Report
WASHINGTON, DC, June 11, 2012 -- Catholic News Service has reported that the U.S. State Department for the first time has eliminated the status report on religious liberty from its annual human rights report. According to CNS, former US diplomat Thomas Farr, who served in the Clinton and Bush State Departments and as the first Office of International Religious Freedom, speculated that the move may be a reflection of the low priority that the Administration places on religious liberty compare to other issues they place under human rights.


Amb. Ray Flynn: HHS Mandate Driving Wedge
Between Catholics and Democratic Party
BOSTON, June 8, 2012 -- Ambassador Raymond L. Flynn expressed concern about the HHS mandate driving a wedge between Catholics and the Democratic Party as he addressed a Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally at the Boston Commons today.




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