Archive for June, 2015

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Jun

The U.S. Supreme Court today in a 5-4 vote legalized same-sex marriage across the nation. At issue in Obergefell v. Hodges was whether the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause required states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, joined by Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan. Chief Justice John Roberts dissented, ...

18
Jun

Vatican officials today released a beautiful video outlining the underlining principles of Pope Francis' new encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si'.

18
Jun

Pope Francis today released his long-awaited encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. The nearly 180-page document offers a frank look at what the pope perceives to be man’s lack of care for creation, and calls for an “integral ecology” to remedy the current condition of the Earth, which he likens to “an immense pile of filth.” (21) (Note: Numbers in parentheses refer ...

16
Jun

Are you a Catholic school parent? Do you care about Catholic schools? The Illinois Kids Campaign is for you! The Illinois Kids Campaign is an initiative that seeks to increase funding for both private and public schools, as outlined in this fact sheet. The Catholic Conference of Illinois is working with the education advocacy group One Chance Illinois to get the Illinois Kids Campaign funded in the budget ...

15
Jun

June 15, 2015 show CCI's own Zach Wichmann joins Bob to urge listeners to call or email their state lawmakers to support the Illinois Kids Campaign. This initiative would increase the education expenses tax credit to $1,000 from $500, and would create scholarships for kids to attend Catholic schools. Next, Anita Bedell of the Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems talks about the real possibility of gambling expansion to fix revenue problems for both the ...

04
Jun

This year's Fortnight for Freedom will carry the theme of "Freedom to Bear Witness," as Catholic institutions in the United States still struggle with the federal mandate requiring free insurance coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraceptives. Additionally, we keep in mind Christians around the world who are being persecuted for their faith in such locales as Syria. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has produced a beautiful ...

01
Jun

The Catholic Conference of Illinois today issued the following press release on the Illinois bishops' updated "A Catholic Perspective on Gambling in Illinois." The document may be found here in English, here in Spanish, and here in Polish.     Illinois Catholic bishops urge lawmakers to reconsider proposed gambling expansion as revenue fix CHICAGO – Illinois Catholic bishops today released a statement on gambling, updating their 1999 publication on the issue in light of the possibility ...