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News Release (USCCB): Cardinal O’Malley: Government Report Confirms Bishops’ Concern on Abortion Coverage

Investigative agency finds over a thousand health plans covering abortion on demand
Promised “separation” of abortion funds from tax dollars not implemented
Abortion-related abuses under Affordable Care Act require corrective action

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 16, 2014)—A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) “confirms the U.S. bishops’ longstanding concern about abortion coverage” in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), said Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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News Release (USCCB): Archbishop Kurtz to President Obama: Plight of Religious Minorities in Iraq Requires Increased Support

USCCB President thanks Obama for aid, protection already provided
Repeats call of Pope Francis for international community to help
Notes U.S. dioceses have set aside August 17 as day of prayer for Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 14, 2014)—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, urged President Obama to answer the call of Pope Francis for the international community “to do all that it can to stop and to prevent further systematic violence against ethnic and religious minorities” in Iraq. Archbishop Kurtz made the appeal in an August 13 letter, in which he assured President Obama of the prayers and support of the U.S. bishops in these efforts.

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News Release (USCCB): 2014 Labor Day Statement Focuses on Unemployment Among Young People

Archbishop Wenski reiterates Pope Francis’ call for an inclusive economy
Says college debt, lack of stable jobs keeping young people from starting families
Calls for increased solidarity, more and better jobs, immigration reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 13, 2014)—The high unemployment rate of young adults, both in the United States and around the world, is the focus of the 2014 Labor Day Statement from the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami. The statement, dated September 1, draws on Pope Francis’ teaching against an “economy of exclusion” and applies it to the millions of unemployed young adults in the United States.

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Catholic Spirit: Border children and a consistent ethic of life

(by Jason Adkins)
August 13, 2014

The humanitarian crisis on the Mexican border has become a major issue in the public discourse. It has generated a heated political debate that has sometimes obscured the human face of the problem and the actual needs of the unaccompanied minors.

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National Catholic Register: Thai Surrogacy Scandal: The Difference Between Begotten and Made

(by Rebecca Taylor)
August 7, 2014

A surrogacy story has recently made headlines all over the world: David and Wendy Farnell, an Australian couple, contracted with a Thai woman, Pattharamon Janbua, to carry their in vitro fertilization (IVF)-created embryos. Pattharamon gave birth to twins, a boy with Down syndrome and a girl. The Farnells took the girl home to Australia and left the boy, named Gammy, in Thailand.

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News Release (USCCB): Bishop Pates Asks Bishops, Parishes to Offer Special Prayer on August 17 for Peace in Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 7, 2014)—The chairman of the Committee of International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) asked the U.S. bishops to invite the people of their dioceses to pray for peace in Iraq on Sunday, August 17. Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, made the request, August 6, sending the bishops the text of a prayer written by the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq, His Beatitude Louis Rafael Sako.

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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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St. Cloud Times: Bishop Donald J. Kettler – Your Turn: U.S. is no longer welcoming to new ideas, immigrants

(by Most Rev. Donald J. Kettler)
July 26, 2014

Misconceptions in the area of immigration policy, like in other areas of life, often lead to lack of understanding, resentment and unwillingness to compromise. As people of faith, we must open not only our hearts, but our minds to see the whole story.

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Pioneer Press: Bishop Andrew Cozzens – Immigration reform: a human rights test that provides opportunity for American renewal

(by Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens)
July 23, 2014

The Roman Catholic Bishops of Minnesota and around the United States have long been concerned about the nation’s immigration policy. It is inconsistent, ineffective, and does not promote the common good. The current humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied children fleeing from violence to the U.S./Mexican border is a deeply troubling reminder of how serious the situation has become.

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New Ulm Journal: Bishop John M. LeVoir – Plight of immigrants demands a response

(by Bishop John M. LeVoir)
July 20, 2014

Comprehensive immigration reform is a moral imperative, and one which should not be delayed any longer. Our immigration system lacks a solid moral foundation based on human dignity and is taking a deep toll on immigrants, their families, and our communities. It is inconsistent, ineffective, and does not serve the good of all Americans. The current humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied children fleeing from violence in their countries of origin to the U.S./Mexican border is a stark reminder of how serious the situation has become.

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