Archive for October, 2012

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Oct

Our U.S. bishops have unveiled a new website targeting the current threats to religious freedom, called firstamericanfreedom.com. The website by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops offers a brochure that details how our Catholic faith is being rewritten. The mandate handed down by the federal Department of Health and Human Services Department is the most egregious offender. It requires all employers -- including religiously affiliated employers -- to ...

24
Oct

Illinois residents will face a question of amending the state constitution when they head to the voting booth on Nov. 6. The proposed amendment has created a lot of confusion since it deals with pensions. But it does not affect the current status of public employee systems, and does not affect pensions that retirees currently receive. The amendment is fairly simple. It says that any time the state, a school district or a ...

22
Oct

Read about eight Catholic schools that earned the prestigious Blue Ribbon Award from the federal Department of Education. And make sure to check this newsletter for the various deadlines for state recognition.

18
Oct

Catholic scholars, law enforcement officials and national immigration experts will gather next month for a day-long conference stressing the importance of faith in mending the country’s broken immigration system. Rev. William R. O’Neill, SJ of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and Graduate Theological Union will give the keynote address at “An Ethical Perspective on the Accompaniment of Immigrants: A Faith Response” on Fri., Nov. 2 at Catholic Theological Union. O’Neill ...

16
Oct

Oct. 15, 2012 show It's an Election-palooza as we gear up for the Nov. 6 election. CCI's Bob Gilligan talks to Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield about the development of those election bulletin inserts from our bishops that have been (hopefully) appearing in your parish. Next, Massachusetts Catholic Conference Executive Director Jim Driscoll talks to Bob about a ballot question that would legalize physician-assisted suicide in that state. To finish up the show, Bob talks campaign financing ...

12
Oct

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops today issued a statement correcting an inaccuracy made during last night's vice presidential debate regarding the insurance coverage mandate handed down by the Department of Health and Human Services.  The HHS mandate requires all employers to offer insurance coverage of morally objectionable abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives and sterilization -- a clear violation of the religious freedom protections guaranteed by the First Amendment. Religiously affiliated employers have until ...

09
Oct

Bishops Back SB 957: Temporary Licenses For Immigrants Para hablantes de español ¡ATENCIÓN! La Cámara de Representantes de Illinois el 8 de enero de 2013, aprobó la medida SB 957 con un voto de 65 a 46. La medida va ahora el Gobernador Pat Quinn, quien ha dicho que firmará la legislación en ley. Haga clic aquí para ver una hoja de información sobre SB 957. La Asamblea ...