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News Release (USCCB): USCCB Chairmen Strongly Endorse the Inclusion Act

Religious liberty is for all Americans, including child welfare providers
Inclusion Act remedies unjust discrimination
Parental choice among adoption agencies needs to be protected

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 31, 2014)–Three chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gave their strong support for the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2014, which was introduced on July 30 by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) in the U.S. House of Representatives and Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) in the U.S. Senate.

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News Release (USCCB): USCCB Subcommittee Chairman Calls Decisions in Oregon and Pennsylvania Travesties of Justice

Archbishop Cordileone says marriage, democracy, children deserve better

Says state attorneys general were derelict in their duties

Reiterates that authentic marriage is the union of one man and one woman

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 21, 2014)–Responding to the ruling by the federal court in Oregon striking down the state’s voter-approved marriage amendment and the ruling by the federal court in Pennsylvania striking down portions of that state’s domestic relations code, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, said, “We stand in solidarity with the Oregon and Pennsylvania Catholic Conferences and all the people of both states. These court decisions are travesties of justice.”

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Homosexuality and Reparative Therapy (NCBC)

Please go here to read this article from the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC).

Written Testimony of Mr. Jason Adkins, Executive Director on HF 2106

HF 2106
House Tax Committee, February 25, 2014  (PDF version)

Chair Lenczewski and Members of the Committee:

The Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC), the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota, supports conforming Minnesota’s tax law to recent changes in the federal tax code that are designed specifically to eliminate marriage penalties. Read More…

Catholic Spirit: ‘Blowing the dynamite’ of the Catholic Church

(by Jason Adkins)
January 16, 2014

In the 1930s, during a time of economic depression and geopolitical upheaval and uncertainty, Catholic Worker movement co-founder Peter Maurin wrote a collection of “Easy Essays” to help people understand and live Catholic teaching in the social and political sphere.

In 1936, he wrote one called “Blowing the Dynamite of the Church”: Read More…

News Release: USCCB Chairmen Praise Introduction of the ‘Marriage and Religious Freedom Act’ in the Senate

Non-discrimination Act necessary because of intolerance
Those who affirm that marriage is one man and one woman need protection
House and Senate urged to pass Act

WASHINGTON, D. C. (December 12, 2013) —Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, expressed strong support for the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act (S. 1808) introduced today in the U.S. Senate by Senator Mike Lee. Both archbishops previously endorsed the companion Marriage and Religious Freedom Act introduced by Rep. Raúl Labrador in the U.S. House of Representatives on September 19, 2013.

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News Release (USCCB): USCCB Chairmen Applaud Introduction of the ‘Marriage and Religious Freedom Act’

Non-discrimination Act would protect religious liberties

Those who affirm that marriage is one man and one woman need protection

Chairmen urge support for the Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 20, 2013)—Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, gave their strong support for the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act (H.R. 3133) introduced yesterday in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Raúl Labrador.

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National Catholic Register: Marriage Redefined: ‘Monogamish,’ ‘Throuple’ and ‘Wedlease’

(by Joan Desmond Frawley)
August 13, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The latest proposal for redefining marriage just surfaced in The Washington Post, with an op-ed suggesting that 21st-century couples sign up for short-term “wedleases” rather than take vows that affirm a lifelong commitment “until death.”

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Catholic Spirit: New same-sex ‘marriage’ legislation imperils religious liberty

(by Jason Adkins)
July 31, 2013

On Aug. 1, the state of Minnesota will begin to legally recognize same-sex unions as “marriages.” The social, legal and cultural consequences of the redefinition of marriage have been discussed numerous times in this forum and in others.

Confusion remains, however, as to the effect of this law on churches, ministries, charities, educational institutions and persons who continue to assert that marriage is only between a man and a woman. Read More…

News Release (USCCB): Supreme Court Decisions on Marriage: ‘Tragic Day for Marriage and our Nation,’ State U.S. Bishops

WASHINGTON, D. C. (June 26, 2013)—The U.S. Supreme Court decisions June 26 striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act and refusing to rule on the merits of a challenge to California’s Proposition 8 mark a “tragic day for marriage and our nation,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

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