Archive for September, 2011

22
Sep

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York warned President Barack Obama that continued attacks on the federal Defense of Marriage Act will seriously threaten Church/State relations. In a strongly worded letter sent to Obama this week, Dolan criticized the administration's move from a lack of defense of DOMA -- which defines marriage as between one man and one woman -- to questioning its constitutionality by likening it to racial discrimination. As president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Dolan ...

22
Sep

The Catholic Conference of Illinois has created a new department intended to uphold and preserve the sanctity of traditional marriage. Zach Wichmann, director of government relations for CCI, heads up the new Defense of Marriage department. Each diocese has appointed a representative to the department. Read more about this new initiative.

19
Sep

Sept. 19, 2011 show Bob Gilligan talked with Maria Munoz, who is advocating for her undocumented friend, a college graduate who now can't get a job. Bob then spoke with CCI's own Marilou Gervacio to get an update on the Catholic Charities lawsuit. Ken Withrow, executive director of Evangelical Child and Family Agency, added his perspective to the case since DCFS has refused to contract with his agency since it will not place children with same-sex civil union ...

19
Sep

Read what Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield and Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria have to say about the court decision against Catholic Charities in the organizations' efforts to continue contracting with the state for foster care and adoption services. Judge John Schmidt on Thursday ruled the state does not have to contract with Catholic Charities. The organizations' 40-year history of providing foster care and adoption services does not create a protected property interest in the renewal ...

09
Sep

Leaders of Illinois' six Catholic dioceses today called for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to revoke new rules mandating insurance coverage of contraceptives and sterilization that also create an extremely narrow definition of religious organizations eligible for exemption. The bishops wrote a letter to Sebelius, and also issued a press release.