Archive for November, 2011

21
Nov

Nov. 21, 2011 show Did you know that the USCCB's Committee on Religious Liberty is planning a "Fortnight of Freedom" this summer? Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield, who serves on that committee, mentioned the two-week event during this morning's CCI Radio Hour with executive director Bob Gilligan. Later, Ralph Rivera of Illinois Citizens for Life talked about the importance of a religious conscience clause in the implementation of state health insurance exchanges ...

17
Nov

Illinois' diocesan and auxiliary bishops this week sent a letter to Gov. Pat Quinn, asking for a meeting to discuss the governor's stance on pro-life issues, civil unions and religious freedom. Quinn made the letter public to the media after he received it.

14
Nov

The Catholic Conference of Illinois today sent a letter to State Superintendent Chris Koch, requesting that Catholic and other private schools be included in the state's waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education. CCI Director of Government Relations Zach Wichmann asked that any Title IA funds resulting from a waiver from requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act be considered for private school students.  

14
Nov

The bishops of the Belleville, Joliet and Springfield dioceses today dropped their lawsuit against the state of Illinois on behalf of Catholic Charities. The bishops sued on the grounds of religious freedom, stating Catholic Charities was allowed to refrain from placing children with civil union couples in accord with its belief to place children with married couples. A judge in August ruled Catholic Charities did not have property rights to state contracts. The bishops ...

03
Nov

The Catholic Conference of Illinois issued a statement regarding Governor Pat Quinn's comments about his planned appearance at a Personal PAC event to give out a pro-choice leadership award.

02
Nov

Last week, Personal PAC, the Political Action Committee for Planned Parenthood, sent out an email to its supporters that Gov. Pat Quinn would give out an award -- the Pro-Choice Leadership Award -- at the PAC’s annual luncheon on Nov. 17. The bishops of Illinois put out a statement on Quinn’s plan to present this award.