Archive for June, 2013

28
Jun

The federal Department of Health and Human Services today finalized revised rules issued in February regarding the department's mandate requiring religious organizations to join other employers in offering insurance coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives and sterilizations. However, the final rules also give religious employers an extra five months to implement the mandate, with the deadline moved from Aug. 1 to Jan. 1, 2014. Other employers were forced to comply with ...

26
Jun

The Catholic Conference of Illinois today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling invalidating the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The Act barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex unions as marriage. The statement can also be viewed here as a pdf. STATEMENT FROM THE CATHOLIC CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS ON U.S. SUPREME COURT RULING ON DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT CHICAGO -- The Catholic Conference of Illinois regrets the U.S. Supreme Court’s wrong decision to ...

18
Jun

A nationwide "Fortnight for Freedom" will begin Friday, as U.S. bishops call for a period of prayer and fasting to raise awareness of challenges to religious liberty. The two week period beginning June 21 and running through July 4 echoes an observance held last summer to protest the mandate handed down by the federal Department of Health and Human Services requiring all employers to offer insurance coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives and ...

17
Jun

June 17, 2013 show Kim Daniels, spokeswoman for the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, talks about the upcoming “Fortnight for Freedom” set to run from June 21-July 4. Jim Geoly of Burke, Warren, MacKay and Serritella speaks about the expected U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 and the federal government’s Defense of Marriage Act. Tony Cube from the USCCB and it Justice for Immigrants program updates listeners about the Senate debate ...

01
Jun

The Catholic Conference of Illinois tonight issued a statement after the Illinois House adjourned its spring session without considering redefinition of marriage legislation. Senate Bill 10 calls for the state to change its legal definition of marriage from "between a man and a woman" to "between two persons." The legislation passed the Illinois Senate on Feb. 14, 2013, and was the subject of a contentious battle in the House. State Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, sponsor of SB 10, announced tonight ...