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USCCB: Supreme Court Decision on Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference

(June 26, 2015)

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
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News Release (USCCB): Archbishop Wenski Urges Congress to Answer Pope Francis’ Call to Protect Creation and Support Implementation of a National Carbon Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 24, 2015)—The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, urged Congress to answer Pope Francis’ call to protect creation and oppose legislation and appropriation riders that would reverse efforts to develop a national standard to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants.

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USCCB: On World Refugee Day, USCCB Migration Chairman calls upon United States to Protect Syrian and Iraqi Refugees and Displaced

Humanitarian crisis can no longer be ignored

Religious minorities at risk

The United States must take leadership

June 22, 2015

WASHINGTON—In comments made in conjunction with World Refugee Day, observed June 20, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, called upon U.S. officials to do more to respond to the ongoing refugee crisis in the Middle East stemming from conflict in Syria and Iraq.

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MCC: Faith Communities Condemn Racist Murder in Charleston, S.C.

Minneapolis, Minn. (June 18, 2015) – The Minnesota Council of Churches, the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and Dakotas, the Islamic Center of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Rabbinical Association issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s murders in Charleston, S.C.: Read More…

USCCB: Archbishop Kurtz Welcomes Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’

June 18, 2015

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), welcomed the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology, Laudato Si’, June 18.

Full text of Archbishop Kurtz’s statement follows:

Statement on the Occasion of the Promulgation of Laudato Si’
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz
Archbishop of Louisville, Kentucky
President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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News Release (USCCB): New Website To Help Catholics Be Salt and Light

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 2, 2015)—A new website will help Catholics respond to Jesus’ call to be “salt of the earth” and “light of the world” found in the Matthew’s Gospel. WeAreSaltAndLight.org, a project of the U.S. bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development, includes:

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News Release (USCCB): USCCB President Comments on Supreme Court’s Oral Arguments on Marriage

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 28, 2015)—The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments April 28, on the constitutionality of states defining and recognizing marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

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News Release (USCCB): Faith Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to Marriage and Religious Liberty

WASHINGTON D.C. (April 23, 2015)—A few days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the rights of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, more than 30 religious leaders representing diverse faith communities throughout the United States have reaffirmed their shared commitment to marriage and religious freedom. An open letter entitled “The Defense of Marriage and the Right of Religious Freedom: Reaffirming a Shared Witness” was issued to all in positions of public service on April 23.

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News Release (USCCB): USCCB and Other Religious and Pro-Life Organizations Urge Congress to Protect Fundamental Freedoms in the District of Columbia

Recently enacted laws in the city are “unprecedented assaults”
Violate freedoms protected by the First Amendment, federal laws
Prevent religious and pro-life employers from making employment decisions consistent with their mission

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 6, 2015)—Two recently enacted laws in the District of Columbia are “unprecedented assaults upon our organizations” and “violate the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of association protected by the First Amendment and other federal law,” said representatives of a number of national and local organizations, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in a February 5 letter to Congress.

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News Release (USCCB): Bishop Says National Marriage Week USA, World Marriage Day, Provide Opportunities To Celebrate Marriage and Support Married Couples

National Marriage Week observed February 7-14; World Marriage Day February 8
Opportunities to ‘celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage,’ says Bishop Malone
USCCB providing daily virtual marriage retreat for National Marriage Week

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 4, 2015)—In a letter sent to all U.S. bishops on January 16, Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), hailed National Marriage Week USA (February 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Sunday, February 8) as opportunities “to celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage and to affirm and support engaged and married couples.”

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