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City of Oakland's Ordinance
Discriminates Against Pro-Life Pastor
Permanent Free Speech Injunction to be Sought
OAKLAND, CA, December 14, 2011-- On December 16, the Life Legal Defense Foundation will seek, on behalf of Pastor Walter Hoye, a permanent injunction against the City of Oakland for its inconsistent enforcement of an ordinance that forbids pro-lifers from communicating with women who are seeking abortions at abortion clinics.


Pregnancy Center Sues San Francisco
On ‘False Advertising’ Law
San Francisco, December 9, 2011 -- First Resort pregnancy center filed a freedom of speech lawsuit Nov. 16 in U.S. District Court to void a San Francisco “false advertising” ordinance that targets pregnancy centers and exempts abortion providers.


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.

Bishop Lori Calls on US Bishops
Fight for Religious Feedom

-- The U.S. bishops must be “watchmen for the Church” in defending religious freedom, said Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., head of the bishops’ new committee on religious liberty.

Senate Requests Details on
HHS Denial of Grant To Bishops Twenty-seven U.S. senators requested information on how the Department of Health and Human Services graded applicants for anti-trafficking grants and asked why the U.S. bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services was denied one.


Contraceptive Mandate
Designed to Impact Catholics,
CEO Tells Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 4, 2011 -- The federal government's new contraceptive and sterilization insurance coverage mandate includes a religious exemption whose language was designed specifically to counter Catholic institutions' conscience protections, one Catholic health care leader told a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee Nov. 2.


Catholic Human Trafficking Outreach Lost Funds
After HHS Officials Intervened
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 2, 2011 -- New information about the Department of Health and Human Services’ failure to renew a $19 million grant to the U.S. Catholic bishops’ program for human trafficking victims has prompted complaints of religious discrimination.


Bishops Urge Funding for
Religious Freedom Commission
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 31, 2011 -- The chair of the U.S. Catholic bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace is calling on the U.S. Senate to reauthorize a federal commission that advocates for religious freedom across the globe.


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.


Archbishop Gomez

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."


Former US Ambassador to the Vatican comdemns attacks on Mormons

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.”


ACTION ALERT

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.




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