Sep 252015

Bucking the trend set by other federal circuit courts, a unanimous panel of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week in favor of religious organizations Heartland Christian College and CNS Ministries in their challenge to the HHS contraceptive mandate. The court ruled that compelling participation in the mandate by threat of severe financial […]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 2:26 pm Life Ethics, Marriage, News, Religious Liberty, Uncategorized No Responses »
Jul 022015
Concerns Raised About Religious Liberty After Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Concerns are being raised about the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision re-defining marriage for religious organizations, schools, universities, and charities. Many fear that if religious institutions refuse to recognize or accommodate same-sex marriages, their tax-exempt status will be at risk. Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion recognizes the right of Churches to “advocate” and “teach” about […]

 July 2, 2015  Posted by at 10:30 am Marriage, News No Responses »
Jun 192015
US Bishops' Arguments in Opposition to Marriage Re-Definition

In their legal brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) defend the Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage by making three broad arguments: (1) the Catholic bishops support the legal definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman out of love, justice and concern […]

 June 19, 2015  Posted by at 10:45 am Marriage, News No Responses »
Jun 122015
Groups Line Up to Support/Oppose Re-definition of Marriage

One hundred forty three different groups and individuals have filed “amicus” (friend of the court) briefs with the U.S. Supreme court seeking to influence the ruling on the re-definition of marriage. It is not unusual for the Court to receive such briefs in a case like this, but 143 is a lot! Groups supporting marriage re-definition […]

 June 12, 2015  Posted by at 8:52 am Marriage, News No Responses »
May 292015
Vatican: Irish Vote on Same-Sex Marriage a "Defeat for Humanity"

In response to Ireland’s vote last Friday approving same-sex marriage, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin stated this week that the vote was not a defeat for Christian principles, but rather a “defeat for humanity.” The people of Ireland approved the measure by a 62% to 38% margin, making Ireland the first nation worldwide […]

 May 29, 2015  Posted by at 10:00 am Marriage, News No Responses »
Nov 182013
Missouri Bishops Issue Statement Concerning Recognition of "Same-Sex" Marriages from Other States

The Missouri bishops issued a statement today expressing their disappointment with Governor Nixon’s decision to allow same sex couples married in other states to file joint tax returns in Missouri, stating that the Missouri tax code should not be used as a means of re-defining marriage in the Show Me state. Click here to read the statement. […]

 November 18, 2013  Posted by at 2:48 pm Marriage, News No Responses »
Nov 082013
Illinois Legislature Passes Marriage Redefinition Bill

The Illinois legislature passed a bill this week re-defining the institution of marriage to recognize marriage between “any two persons,” making Illinois the 13th state to recognize marriage between persons of the same sex. The Catholic Conference of Illinois issued a statement expressing that they were “deeply disappointed that members of the General Assembly chose to […]

 November 8, 2013  Posted by at 1:45 pm Marriage, News No Responses »
May 312013
Bishops Call for Second Fortnight for Freedom

As we approach the summer and an August 1 deadline for the implementation of the HHS contraceptive mandate and a potentially culture-changing U.S. Supreme Court decision on the definition of marriage at the end of June, the USCCB is asking faithful Catholics to participate in a second Fortnight for Freedom June 24th to July 1st. […]