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Today the Supreme Court declared the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional and refused to defend California’s Proposition 8, which amended the state’s constitution to prohibit same sex marriage.
This decision to redefine marriage to include same sex couples presents an unprecedented attack on religious liberty in America.
We don’t have to tell you that marriage is a sacred union between one man and one woman and the building block of human civilization. Only a man and woman together can procreate, and research proves that children excel best when raised by a married mom and dad.
The policies that were in place to recognize marriage as a union only between a man and a woman protected more than just children; they also protected thousands of religious institutions throughout America that perform marriages and facilitate adoptions.
Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has the final say on the law. So today we turn our focus to defending religious institutions and laity.
- No priest or minister should be forced to marry two men or two women.
- No adoption agency funded by a religious institution shall be required to place a child with a same-sex couple.
Friends, there is no room for compromise. We will not tolerate the federal government to dictate religious institutions’ policy on marriage, nor will we sit back and watch them escalate their assault of religious liberty in America.
President Obama took his attack on religion to the international stage earlier this week, telling a crowd in Northern Ireland for the G 8 Summit that parochial education leads to divided communities.
His timing could not be more perfect, because today marks the beginning of the United States Conferences of Catholic Bishops’ second annual Fortnight for Freedom.
You may recall last year during this period, Catholic Advocate launched the first ever virtual vigil. This year I’m proud to announce we’re doing it again, and with your help it will be even bigger and better.
Will you take a moment right now to sign up for the Virtual Vigil for Religious Liberty?
Over the next 14 days, we’ll engage you in a variety of activities to promote religious liberty in America. From calling your members of Congress and supporting our efforts with a financial gift, to reflecting on carefully selected prayers, we hope you’ll participate in some way each day.
I’m excited to report that already today, three members of Congress—Rep. Diane Black (TN-06), Joe Pitts (PA-16), and Chris Smith (NJ-4)—held a forum to speak out against the Obama administration’s attacks on religious freedom. Over the next two weeks, dozens more events like this will occur throughout the country.
This is an inspiring time to be a person of faith, and I hope you’ll take advantage of the unique opportunity to join with thousands of Americans in support of religious liberty for all. Please follow this link to sign up for the Virtual Vigil and start keeping watch today.
When asked about late term abortion, Nancy Pelosi retorted, “As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me.”
We’re still puzzling over what the ignorant House minority leader meant, but here’s what you need to know: her friends in the radical abortion lobby are about to win a critical battle against late term abortions.
Next week the House will vote on H.R. 1797, the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions after the twentieth week (beginning of the sixth month) in our nation’s capital – a federal territory. Abortion activists are up in arms over this legislation and are rolling out their PR machine to paint it as an attack against all women.
Friend, I fear the abortion army is winning the fight to frame the discussion. We must act now to tell the truth about late term abortions and make sure the House passes H.R. 1797. That’s why I’m asking you to drop everything right this moment and call your member of Congress to demand he/she votes in favor of this legislation.
Click here to find your member’s direct office phone number or call (202) 224-3121.
Staffers on Capitol Hill have admitted the best way to make a point is to keep the phones in the Congressional offices ringing off the hooks. So today we must FLOOD the phone lines with messages for our representatives to vote to protect the unborn and make late term abortions illegal.
Won’t you pick up the phone and call your member of Congress right now?
It’s a beautiful Friday afternoon in summer, and I know this is the last thing you want to do. But I can’t emphasize to you enough how important it is for you to reach out to your member of Congress today to demand his/her support for H.R. 1797. Friend, think about the millions of babies who have been aborted and the pain they felt. You can stop millions more from experiencing that horrific pain. So please, call your member of Congress right now.
Thank you in advance for your support on this urgent matter.
Pope Francis has made an historic announcement.
On Sunday, June 2—the Feast of Corpus Christi—at 5:00 PM Rome time, the Pope will lead an hour of simultaneous Eucharistic Adoration. Millions of Catholics throughout the world—from the Vatican, to the Pacific Islands, and throughout the Americas—will join him for this solemn hour, regardless of the time. It’ll be two in the morning some places. Here in Washington, DC, it’ll be 11:00 AM.
Archbishop Rino Fisichella, who leads the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, says:
||“I am proud to say that this is a historical moment for the history of the Church because for one hour all the churches in the world will be united. … We are united because the Eucharist makes us all one body and one spirit, so we enter into the deepest meaning of the Eucharist.”
This particular Holy Hour will be dedicated to two intentions: the Church throughout the world and people throughout the world who are suffering.
We hope you’ll set time aside this Sunday to join in prayer with Pope Francis and your brothers and sisters of faith.
Today Catholic Advocate is leading the charge to contact members of Congress about HR 940, legislation that would fix the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that requires all employers to pay for coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, regardless of religious or moral objection by enacting conscience protections.
We can’t emphasize enough how critical it is for Congress to pass this legislation. The Obama administration continues to push its secular agenda and has no qualms about destroying our religious freedom in the process. Last month, the Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, a Catholic, telegraphed to an audience at Harvard the Administration’s decision about supposed “accommodations” to the mandate hours before the comment period ended. This was a slap in the face to not only people of faith, but anyone who exercises their voice in the public square. This is our chance to level the playing field and deliver a huge victory for religious liberty.
So will you take a moment right now to contact your members of Congress and demand they support HR 940?
We’ve done all the legwork for you; all you have to do is follow this link, enter your zip code to locate your members, and hit send! Of course we welcome you to edit the letter we’ve prepared for you, if you’d like.
As Americans of faith, we have a moral obligation to do everything in our power to preserve religious liberty, not only for us, but for generations to come. This is our chance, and there’s no room for compromise. We must enact conscience protections before the Obama administration completely tramples our religious liberty.
Please follow this link right now to tell your members of Congress to support HR 940.
Time is short. Your elected officials need to hear from you today, so please do not delay.
Today is Ascension Thursday. On this day, the risen Christ, in the sight of His apostles, ascended bodily into Heaven. (Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Acts 1:9-11).
Most dioceses in the United States will celebrate this feast day on Sunday, which this year happens to also be Mother’s Day. This is incredibly appropriate; as every loving mother yearns to witness her child reach his or her true potential. Though I imagine Jesus’ ascension was bittersweet for Mary, we’re sure she found joy in knowing her Son was fulfilling the mission He was called to do.
So today and Sunday, when we reflect upon Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven and honor or mothers, we offer you this prayer:
Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God,
that we who believe
Thine only-begotten Son our Redeemer,
to have ascended this day into heaven,
may ourselves dwell in spirit amid heavenly things.
Last week, we grieved for the victims of a vicious terror attack and horrific accident, rallying behind Boston and West, Texas, during their times of tragedy. We celebrated the heroism of the first responders working — and risking their own lives — to protect the lives of thousands of innocent bystanders.
||>>> Why did a Pennsylvania judge yesterday throw out three of seven first degree murder charges against Kermit Gosnell, an abortion doctor accused of killing seven infants after they were born alive?
||>>> How does President Obama justify headlining the Planned Parenthood annual gala tomorrow night?
For a country that talks about treasuring life during times of tragedy, we certainly turn a blind eye to the tragedies happening every day in Planned Parenthood clinics and other doctors’ offices throughout the country.
||>>> Is it a tragedy only when an innocent life is lost from a bomb or explosion, but not when an innocent life is taken from the womb by a monster like Gosnell?
The double standard is horrifying. As Americans, we should praise those who defend and protect life instead of bankrolling those who take life away with our tax dollars. This is why we urgently need to support the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, which will ban federal funding from any organization that performs abortions.
Will you call your member of Congress today and ask him/her to support the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act?
U.S. House of Representatives
Our goal is to reach all 435 Congressional offices by May 1 — one week from today. Can we count on your help?
Thank you in advance for standing up for the sanctity of life.
The “charity” deduction was created in 1917 to preserve America’s centuries-old tradition of philanthropy. It is the only section of the U.S. Tax Code that “rewards” a taxpayer for giving their resources away. Tax benefits for charitable contributions and tax-exempt organizations are approximately $100 billion annually.
Unfortunately, some political leaders see the charitable deduction as $40 billion in “lost federal revenue.” President Obama, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and the Bowles-Simpson Commission have proposed modifications that would decrease private giving.
Modifying or doing away with the charity deduction will disproportionately harm nonprofits that rely heavily on private giving. Even a 28% cap on charitable deductions, as some including President Obama have proposed, will lower total giving by $9.4 billion annually. Most donors won’t stop giving, but they will likely give smaller amounts and/or less frequently.
Contact Congress and tell them to protect charitable deductions.
Recent Articles and Blog posts:
The End of Charity?
by Richard A. Epstein (Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow and member of the Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity Task Force at the Hoover Institution)
“The president’s redistributive effort to limit charitable tax deductions will hurt the poor—and everyone else.”
The 60-day comment period for the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate came to a close on Monday.
But the Obama administration announced that the free contraception mandate will go into effect in August before the deadline! HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday, “As of Aug. 1, 2013, every employee who doesn’t work directly for a church or a diocese will be included in the benefit package.”
According to Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, “in our Catholic tradition, the right to religious freedom proceeds from the inherent dignity of each human person.” This is why Catholic Advocate has done so much over the past three years to alert people of faith to the Obama administration’s assault on religious liberty and lobby Congress to pass conscience protection legislation. So today I want to take a moment to highlight some of the formal comments issued by Catholic organizations. I believe you’ll not only find these comments interesting, but a source of hope that we haven’t lost this battle yet. (more…)
Did you hear or read Pope Francis” Homily at his Installation Mass on the Feast of St. Joseph?
He spoke of Joseph the “protector” and then transitioned to what that means to each of us in today”s world.
We wanted to share with you an excerpt:
“The vocation of being a “protector”, however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone. It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us. It means respecting each of God”s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live. It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about. It means caring for one another in our families: husbands and wives first protect one another, and then, as parents, they care for their children, and children themselves, in time, protect their parents. It means building sincere friendships in which we protect one another in trust, respect, and goodness. In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it. Be protectors of God”s gifts! (more…)