Archive for March, 2013

20
Mar

  Lawyers representing the U.S. bishops today issued comments on the revised Health and Human Services mandate proposed on Feb. 1, saying the revisions still are "an unprecedented . . . violation of religious liberty by the federal government." Associate General Secretary and General Counsel Anthony Picarello of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) submitted the comments to HHS, along with Michael F. Moses, USCCB associate general counsel. Their

18
Mar

March 18, 2013 show Bob first talks with Bishop Larry Trotter of the Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago who is also heading up a coalition of African-American clergy in the Chicagoland area opposing redefinition of marriage efforts in the Illinois legislature. Betsy Clarke, president and founder of the Juvenile Justice Initiative, joins Bob to talk about needed reforms to the juvenile justice system, which CCI supports. To close out the show, Mary Ann Bibat of the Community Care Program at ...

08
Mar

The Catholic Conference of Illinois is supporting several juvenile justice reform initiatives, including legislation calling for the elimination of mandatory life imprisonment without the parole. House Bill 1348 and Senate Bill 1858 would eliminate mandatory sentences of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for individuals who were younger than 18 when they committed the offense. The two pieces of legislation also allow current inmates to ...

07
Mar

Chicago-area African-American churches today launched a public relations effort to oppose redefinition of marriage legislation currently being considered by the Illinois legislature. Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry of the Archdiocese of Chicago spoke at the press conference to present the viewpoint of the Catholic Conference of Illinois. The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod also joined the effort but was not present at the press conference.