Federal judge sides with Trump Administration in Title X lawsuit

Pro-abortion groups had sought to block proposed new rules that could cost Planned Parenthood as much as $260 million in federal funding

A federal judge has sided with the Trump administration in a lawsuit challenging its move to prioritize faith-based, abstinence-focused programs for dispensing family-planning dollars. In May, three Planned Parenthood groups and the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA) sued the administration over the Department of Health & Human … [Read more...]

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Little Sisters of the Poor can intervene in California challenge to contraception mandate exceptions

Federal judge says religious order can join opposition to state's lawsuit against exemptions to Obamacare birth control requirements authorized by Trump administration

On December 29, 2017, Judge Haywood Gilliam granted the Little Sisters of the Poor Jeanne Jugan Residence’s petition to intervene in California v. Trump. California and four other states have obtained a preliminary injunction in this case; the injunction blocks the enforcement of the Trump Administration’s interim final rules providing broad exemptions to contraceptive coverage … [Read more...]

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Federal judge blocks conscience exemptions to HHS contraception mandate

U.S. District Court Judge Wendy Beetlestone issued a nationwide preliminary injunction, saying the new rules contradicted the Obamacare law by allowing employers to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage if they had religious or moral objections

A federal court on Friday blocked Trump administration rules that made it easier for employers to deny insurance coverage of contraceptives for women. Judge Wendy Beetlestone of the Federal District Court in Philadelphia issued a preliminary injunction, saying the rules contradicted the text of the Affordable Care Act by allowing many employers to opt out of providing … [Read more...]

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Other children have dreams too

Moral outrage over DACA cancellation should extend to the unborn lives cut short by abortion: Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, R.I.

Many Americans are justifiably outraged at the lives that will be shattered by the cancellation of DACA – but that same sentiment should extend to the unborn lives cut short by abortion, said Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, R.I. In a Sept. 5 Facebook post entitled “Other Children Have Dreams Too,” Bishop Tobin noted that he and his fellow bishops have been clear in … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Roger Mahony blasts Trump over Arpaio pardon

Writing on his blog, retired archbishop of LA says he's "deeply troubled and disgusted" by the president's pardon of the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona

Statement by Cardinal Roger Mahony on the presidential pardon of former Sheriff Arpaio: I am deeply troubled and disgusted by President Trump's pardon of Joe Arapaio, former sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona. The former sheriff's tenure was marked by racial profiling, harassment of our Latino brothers and sisters, and the disruption of immigrant communities. He created … [Read more...]

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We won’t tell you who to vote for, but…

Bishops say to let conscience be the guide at the ballot

The following comes from Bishop McGrath’s statement on the 2016 election: As we approach this Fall’s General Election, I know that many of you – like myself – are in the process of discerning the choices before us in the presidential race, as well as in many of the other races and issues that will be decided on November 8.  I am writing to you today to put forward principles … [Read more...]

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The dilemma facing Latino Evangelicals

They oppose abortion and favor traditional marriage, but most can't accept Trump

The following comes from a May 23 LA Times article by Kate Linthicum: Samuel Rodriguez is the kind of Latino whom Republicans hoped they could count on in 2016. An evangelical Christian pastor who opposes the Democratic Party’s stance on abortion and same-sex marriage, Rodriguez led a prayer onstage at the 2012 GOP national convention. This election cycle, he publicly … [Read more...]

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