Archive for April, 2017

25
Apr

The head of the public policy arm of the state’s Catholic bishops today lamented Illinois House passage of legislation authorizing the use of taxpayer money to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid recipients and state employees. Robert Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, criticized lawmakers for turning a moral argument into campaign fodder. “Elected representatives today chose raw politics over the innocent lives of the unborn,” Gilligan said. Today’s passage of House Bill 40 denoted the culmination of a legislative ...

19
Apr

Cardinal Cupich of Chicago today issued a public thanks to Gov. Bruce Rauner for his promise to veto House Bill 40 if it reaches his desk. The controversial legislation would allow taxpayer money to be used to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid recipients and state employees -- a provision that is currently prohibited by state law. Rauner last week -- through a spokesperson -- promised to ...

17
Apr

April 17, 2017 show Greg Dolan, associate director for public policy for Catholic education for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, joins Bob to talk about what the Donald Trump administration means for Catholic education. The first school Trump visited as president last month was St. Andrew Catholic School located just outside of Orlando, Florida. Next, Fr. Tom Walsh, pastor of St. Martin de Porres parish located in Chicago's Austin neighborhood, talks about what Cardinal Cupich's new anti-violence initiative ...

10
Apr

Bishop Edward K. Braxton of the Diocese of Belleville has a long-standing reputation as a scholar whose writings on a wide range of theological and pastoral topics spark meaningful dialogues among the Catholic faithful. While honing his academic skills, Bishop Braxton studied and taught at a variety of institutions of higher learning, including the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, the Divinity School of ...

04
Apr

Cardinal Cupich today unveiled a new anti-violence initiative sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago that has Pope Francis' personal stamp of approval. Speaking to media gathered at the Peace Corner Youth Center in Chicago's Austin neighborhood, Cardinal Cupich announced he was giving $250,000 of Archdiocesan discretionary funds to the new "Instruments of Peace Venture Philanthropy Fund." The donation will serve as seed money to fund new anti-violence initiatives and existing programs in cooperation with community and civic organizations. "We should ...

01
Apr

Pope Francis in April issues a challenge to young people: Forgo the fads of today to focus on developing your talents to make the world a better place.