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The U.S. Bishops have asked dioceses to pray for peace in Iraq on Sunday, August 17, 2014. Let us join our voices together for peace and religious liberty with a special prayer written by the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq, His Beatitude Louis Rafael Sako.
The Obama Admininstration announced late Tuesday night (July 22, 2014) the ability for non-profit organizations to “opt out” of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) contraception mandate with the simple act of a “letter” to the Federal government.
This action is in no doubt a response to the recent Supreme Court ruling protecting Hobby Lobby.
We need to stay tuned and vigilant about protecting our religious liberties at every level of government. We have high doubts it will be as simple as a “letter” to preserver conscience protections for people of faith.
Victory at the U.S. Supreme Court. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act applies to closely held corporations. Hobby Lobby is not required to provide contraception coverage.
Catholic Advocate was one of the early groups raising concerns about the religious liberty and abortion funding in the health care law signed by President Obama. Today’s ruling at the Supreme Court is a positive step in protecting our First Amendment liberties.
Today the U.S. Supreme Court upheld voluntary prayers at government meetings.
In a 5-4 rulling announced today, the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway is a victory for religious freedom.
The St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, DC celebrated the canonization of Pope John Paul II this weekend with a name change and several other events spanning almost a full 24 hours Saturday and Sunday. The shrine, located adjacent to Catholic University and down the street from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, has been owned by the Knights of Columbus since 2011 after it was previously known as the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center. Earlier this year, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops designated it a national shrine, after it was previously an archdiocesan shrine.
Events started off Saturday with a showing of a documentary on Pope John Paul II. Later that evening, a Eucharistic Procession called “In the Footsteps of John Paul II” took place, starting at the Shrine. The procession started out by going to the Basilica before winding its way through the campus of Catholic University (with multiple stops for adoration and prayer) and then made a final stop at the Saint John Paul II Seminary before going back to the shrine.
Should the Vatican bow to the heavy hand of the United Nations?
Well, if its latest repot is any indication, the UN’s “blue helmets” and gang of third world dictators think so!
In its own words, the UN now “recommends that the Holy See undertake a comprehensive review of its normative framework, in particular Canon Law, with a view to ensuring its full compliance with the Convention.” You read that correctly.
Bottom line: the UN is making crystal clear what we’ve all long suspected – it wants the Vatican to fully submit to UN authority!
Please sign this urgent petition now and call on Congress to censure the UN’s anti-Catholic power grab.
Catholic Advocate is leading the charge to fight back, but we can’t do it alone. Everything we hold dear – opposition to abortion and homosexual marriage – could soon be dictated by UN bureaucrats hostile to our faith. And we need to build our own army to fight back.
Use this opportunity to send an unmistakable message to the UN, Congress, and anti-faith bigots everywhere: we will not yield to any radical, anti-Catholic power grab!
A game-changing pro-life initiative that you need to know about is happening right now.
The House of Representatives is considering a major new bill that will change everything.
You see, it’s called: H.R. 7, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” and, if passed, would permanently end forced taxpayer support for abortions under Obamacare!
This is the one-shot opportunity we’ve been waiting for!
Follow this link to send a letter to your member of Congress demanding they vote for the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion.”
Friend, how badly do you want to get Planned Parenthood and other Gosnell-style abortionists out of your wallet?
How badly do you want to say “thanks, but no thanks” to forced taxpayer-funding of abortion? This is your chance.
But make no mistake: Planned Parenthood won’t let this one go without twisting arms and calling in favors while cutting smoke-filled, back room deals. With its billion dollar annual taxpayer-funded budget, the nation’s largest abortionist will not go down without a fight. And we’ll need everyone’s contribution to get this done.
We may only have one shot at this one.
It’s a New Year and Congress is back in session.
The team here at Catholic Advocate is ramping up our efforts to fight for life and religious liberty in 2014. We have a lot planned for the coming year, including efforts to fight for conscience protection legislation, ban taxpayer funding of abortions, and expose how our representatives and senators have voted on issues pertaining to life, marriage, and religious liberty.
I hope you’ll join in our efforts throughout the year. We’ll keep you up to date about our activities, progress, and of course, what’s going on in Congress. In the meantime, please join our team in praying for our leaders in Congress to protect our most sacred right – life.
||O Glorious St. Thomas More, Patron of Statesmen, Politicians, Judges and Lawyers, your life of prayer and penance and your zeal for justice, integrity and firm principle in public and family life led you to the path of martyrdom and sainthood. Intercede for our Statesmen, Politicians, Judges and Lawyers, that they may be courageous and effective in their defense and promotion of the sanctity of human life – the foundation of all other human rights. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Faithful Catholics across America are hearing our message and joining with us in an effort to hold our elected officials accountable. More importantly, citizens of all faiths are rising up in outrage over what is happening to people at companies like Hobby Lobby, whose devout owners are suing the federal government to avoid being forced to purchase health insurance policies that violate Church teachings.
Americans are waking up to the dangers of a federal government that assaults our religious liberty and imposes suffocating burdens on charities…a government that in many ways is seeking to replace the Church and all other forms of local civic society as the sole provider of services for the needy.
In 2014, Catholic Advocate will launch a three-stage program aimed at reversing this drift towards secular socialism.
PHASE ONE – Catholic Advocate plans to commission a study examining federal, state, and local regulations and laws that affect Catholic social institutions. For example, did you know that in some communities, food banks and soup kitchens have been forced to shut down or suspend services due to absurd regulations? In one area, a particular church was not allowed to donate food to a shelter serving our most vulnerable citizens.
The collective result of thousands of examples like this is the creation of an “uncivil society,” in which government bureaucrats seize a “monopoly” on helping people. Pope Francis has been speaking recently about serving the needy, and this initiative will be an answer to his call. If government agencies are using force to prevent the Church from helping the poor, you and I must stand up and do something about it.
PHASE TWO – After cataloguing the ways in which governments at all levels are stifling Catholic social services, we will develop recommendations to fix the problems, and an implementation plan at the Parish, Diocesan, city, state, and federal levels.
PHASE THREE – We intend to launch a “call to renewal” to help our fellow man at least once per year and provide resources for our community to learn how they can use God’s gifts to help others. This will be a powerful, visible demonstration of how people in their communities – not agents of a government in a distant capital – are the ones making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.
But our ability to achieve these specific goals depends on your continued support.
Time Magazine has named Pope Francis its Person of the Year.
||“How do you practice humility from the most exalted throne on earth? Rarely has a new player on the world stage captured so much attention so quickly-young and old, faithful and cynical-as has Pope Francis. In his nine months in office, he has placed himself at the very center of the central conversations of our time: about wealth and poverty, fairness and justice, transparency, modernity, globalization, the role of women, the nature of marriage, the temptations of power.” Time.com 12/11/13
We encourage you to read the full profile on Pope Francis here.
This is just the third time in 86 years that Time has bestowed this honor on a Catholic Pope. To put this number in perspective, there have been 8 popes since Time started this tradition. Pope John XXIII was the 1962 Person of the Year (New Pentecost) and Pope John Paul II was the 1994 recipient (Empire of the Spirit).
This is a tremendous honor and I applaud the leftwing media for recognizing a remarkable man and leader.