Archive for June, 2012

28
Jun

U.S. bishops urged Congress to fix serious flaws in the Affordable Care Act, after the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the landmark federal health care reform law passed in 2010. The nation’s highest court ruled 5-4 the law passes constitutional muster, but noted the so-called individual mandate – a requirement that all Americans have health insurance by 2014 or face a financial penalty – could only stand as a tax. Justices also ...

25
Jun

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) expressed "hope and caution" toward the U.S. Supreme Court ruling today that strikes down most provisions of the controversial Arizona law but leaves standing what some say is the heart of the law. The 5-3 decision ruled the state had overstepped its authority by making it a state crime for immigrants to not register with the federal government, or for illegal immigrants ...

21
Jun

Leaders of Catholic hospitals, universities, child-welfare programs and Catholic charities across the state have signed the following op-ed that highlights the mission of the Church in everyday life. The op-ed is being sent to newspapers statewide during the "Fortnight for Freedom" set for June 4-July 4, with signatures representing Catholic institutions in each media market.   Op-ed for the “Fortnight for Freedom” We are leaders of Catholic organizations dedicated to educating, healing, comforting, feeding, and caring for all. The love of Christ compels ...

21
Jun

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops today launched a text-messaging campaign allowing individuals to join a nationwide effort to protect religious freedom. Supporters can simply text the word Freedom to 377377 -- or in Spanish, the word Libertad -- to receive occasional messages on religious liberty issues worldwide. The U.S. bishops announced the texting effort on the first day of the "Fortnight for Freedom," a two-week period calling attention to the need ...

20
Jun

June 18, 2012 show Bob talks with Tom Howard from the Archdiocese of Chicago's Office of Peace and Justice about the Fortnight for Freedom, set for June 21-July 4. Lindsey Artola of the government affairs team for Presence Health (the merged health system of Provena and Resurrection) then explains the new charity care guidelines for hospitals approved by lawmakers this legislative session. To wrap up the show, Tom Brejcha from the Thomas More Society talks about the lawsuits ...

18
Jun

Catholic Conference of Illinois and the Illinois Health Care Association produced a 30-second radio spot to play statewide during the "Fortnight for Freedom" set for June 21 - July 4.

09
Jun

You go to Mass on Sunday. You go on retreats to deepen your faith. What else can you do for your Church? Get educated on issues at the state and federal levels that affect the Church and her mission. Join the Illinois Catholic Advocacy Network (I-CAN)! Click here to join! As a member of I-CAN, you'll receive occasional updates from the Catholic Conference of Illinois on issues such as religious freedom, education, social services and health care. Our Illinois ...

07
Jun

The "Fortnight for Freedom" called for by the U.S. bishops is only two weeks away. Dioceses and Catholic organizations and institutions nationwide are gearing up for special Masses, novenas, and prayer vigils to mark this special time to reflect, ponder and act upon the threats to our most treasured freedom of religious liberty. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has listed Fortnight plans of dioceses across the nation. ...

02
Jun

Medicaid reform cuts of at least $1.4 billion went down as the primary accomplishment of the 2012 legislative session, while lawmakers put off any type of substantial pension reform that would whittle away at the state's $83 billion unfunded liability. "Optional" services such as dental care and the Illinois Cares Rx prescription drug program for senior citizens were cut, and most hospitals and nursing homes will see decreased Medicaid reimbursement rates. However, ...