Archive for December, 2015

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Dec

U.S. bishops today expressed disappointment over Congress' lack of action on ensuring federal conscience protections for health care providers. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, who serves as the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement in which he lamented lawmakers' failure to include the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA) in recently-approved legislation funding the federal government. ...

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Dec

Dec. 21, 2015 show At the end of this month, Illinois will have gone without a state budget for six months. Emily Miller, director of policy and advocacy for Voices for Illinois Children, gives an overview of the state budget impasse as we approach the end of the calendar year, and offers her insights into when it may be resolved. Jim Finnegan, founder of the American Nativity Scene, talks about his organization, which provides nativity scenes for display in ...

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Dec

President Barack Obama last week signed into law the "Every Student Succeeds Act," which essentially rewrites the No Child Left Behind Act and takes the focus off the overuse of standardized tests to measure student success. Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, who serves as the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Catholic Education, applauded the new law in

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Dec

U.S. bishops are urging Americans to hold firm to the Christian principle of welcoming the stranger in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Paris and California linked to the Islamic State (ISIS). Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), today urged calm in a growing environment of distrust of refugees and Muslims. “Watching innocent lives taken and ...