It is a blessing that you are here! Our goal is for you to be light to the world – to live your Catholic faith in the public arena, to fight against injustice, and to be witnesses. We stand ready to help you accomplish these duties. In Romans, chapter 12, St. Paul tells us “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” and we intend to live this truth. Familiarize yourself with the three non-negotiable principles, stressed by Pope Benedict XVI and learn about how you can be a witness.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 15th, many organizations across the nation are asking their members to defend their constitutional right to religious freedom. Thousands of people will be calling their Member of Congress (202-224-3121) and urging him or her to enact legislation that protects religious freedom. Will you join us in this effort?
Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, said that “No provision in our constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of civil authority.”
Today people of faith are being forced to act against their beliefs. Nurses, medical students, and other health care workers should not be threatened by the government, or entities receiving federal funds, when it comes to matters related to abortion or other services to which they may be conscientious objectors.
Think about the nurse or doctor who must help with an abortion or face losing his job.… Read the rest
The government’s appeal withdrawal gives temporary relief to the Illinois-based Bible publisher.
BY ADELAIDE MENA/CNA (National Catholic Register)
WASHINGTON — An Illinois-based Bible publisher has secured temporary relief from the federal contraception mandate after the Obama administration asked an appellate court to dismiss its challenge to a preliminary injunction.
Matthew Bowman, senior legal counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, which is defending the publisher, told Catholic News Agency that the move indicates “that the government knows it is taking an extremist view against religious freedom, and it is afraid to defend that in court.”
As a result of the court order, the Bible publisher will remain protected by a temporary injunction and will therefore be able to conduct its business free from the demands of the federal contraception mandate while its lawsuit against the mandate makes its way through the court.
Alliance Defending Freedom describes its client, Tyndale House Publishers, as “the world’s largest privately held Christian publisher of books, Bibles and digital media,” which directs more than 90% of its profits “to religious nonprofit causes worldwide.”
The company is contesting a controversial federal mandate by the Department of Health and Human Services, which requires employers to offer health insurance covering contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs, even if doing so violates the employer’s deeply held religious beliefs.… Read the rest