As predicted: time to end protection for religious institutions

Gay-rights supporter argues an increase in taxes will help the poor

The following comes from a June 28 Time Magazine article by Mark Oppenheimer: Two weeks ago, with a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges on the way, Senator Mike Lee of Utah introduced the First Amendment Defense Act, which ensures that religious institutions won’t lose their tax exemptions if they don’t support same-sex marriage. Liberals tend to think Senator Lee’s fears are … [Read more...]

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The Church doesn’t serve the poor to please the government

Los Angeles archbishop Jose Gomez wrote the following June 21 posting on the First Things website.  On June 21, the night before the Catholic Church traditionally remembers the martyrdom of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More at the hands of King Henry VIII, American Catholics will begin a unique two-week vigil of prayer, sacrifice, and public witness for the cause of … [Read more...]

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Old friends to connect

The following comes from a June 15 story in the L.A. archdiocesan paper, the Tidings. …Religious freedom figures to be on the minds of many come September, when Archbishop Chaput comes to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels as featured speaker for the 2012 Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast. While the former archbishop of Denver — under whom Los Angeles Archbishop … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Dolan makes motion

The following is a June 14 release from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reaffirmed by a unanimous voice vote on June 13 a recent statement of the [bishops’] Administrative Committee regarding the HHS mandate. At the end of their hour-long discussion of religious freedom in the United States, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, … [Read more...]

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“I Can Not. I Must Not. I Will Not”

On Friday, June 8 at San Francisco’s federal building, 700 citizens joined others in over 150 cities around the country in protesting the Obama administration’s assault on religious freedom.  The rally was organized by Walter Hoye and Joni Durling, of the California Civil Rights Foundation. Dana Cody of the Life Legal Defense Fund served as Mistress of Ceremonies. The event … [Read more...]

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Like cheap fiddles

The following comes from a May 25 posting on the Sancte.pater.com blog. I do not understand how it is that this isn't glaringly, beat-you-over-the-head obvious, but whatever. I'll explain it. Listen up. Especially if you have a hat shaped like the blade of a posthole digger in your wardrobe, and people actually call you "Excellency." Withdrawing health insurance (like … [Read more...]

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Bishop Soto to lead ‘Walk for Religious Freedom’

The public is invited to attend. On Saturday, June 9, following celebration of the 5 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, located at 1017 11th Street, the bishop will lead a eucharistic procession through the streets of downtown Sacramento, ending at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, located at 711 T Street. The total walking distance is 1.8 miles. The … [Read more...]

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Religious freedom rally

June 8 in San Francisco The following was sent by email on May 9. After many hurdles, we have finally been given the permit for the June 8th Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally II at noon at the U.S. Federal Building in San Francisco. Please find the preliminary flyers attached for distribution. We will forward a flyer with speakers at a later date.  … [Read more...]

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“Driven out of business”

San Francisco Catholic Charities identified as victim of government repression in tough new statement from U.S. bishops … [Read more...]

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“Stronghold for censorship”

Christian groups at San Diego State lose appeal over policy forcing them to admit atheists if they want official recognition The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a ruling by a federal appeals court that found constitutionally acceptable a policy at San Diego State University denying recognition to a Christian sorority and fraternity that required their members to share their … [Read more...]

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