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Religious Leaders Join Together in Support of Marriage, Religious Liberty

Leaders of some of the largest religious communities in the United States have joined together in an open letter to all Americans to voice their shared concern for marriage and religious freedom. Signatories include leaders from Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Evangelical, Jewish, Lutheran, Mormon, and Pentecostal communities in the United States. Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, was one of the four signing Catholic bishops. Read more…

U.S. Bishops Hail Court Decision Upholding Religious Liberty

“It’s a great day for the First Amendment,” said Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport, Connecticut, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, after the Supreme Court upholds “ministerial exception” in Hosanna-Tabor case. Read more…

Bishops Renew Poverty USA Campaign in Response to Growing Domestic Poverty

With 15 percent of all Americans, including nearly 1 in 4 children, living in poverty, the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development (JPHD) of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is renewing its poverty awareness campaign, Poverty USA, complete with a revamped website and a new social media presence and Poverty Awareness Month event in January. Read more…

Letter of the 33 Hispanic/Latino American Bishops to Immigrants

“We the undersigned Hispanic/Latino Bishops of the United States wish to let those of you who lack proper authorization to live and work in our country know that you are not alone, or forgotten. We recognize that every human being, authorized or not, is an image of God and therefore possesses infinite value and dignity. We open our arms and hearts to you, and we receive you as members of our Catholic family. As pastors, we direct these words to you from the depths of our heart.” Read more…

Catholic Organizations Respond to HHS “Preventive Services” Mandate

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities has recently sponsored several full-page ads in key publications defending conscience rights and religious liberty. The ads are in response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandating all employers, including those who are faith-based, to provide in their health benefit plans services that violate the moral teachings of the Catholic Church. Read more…

Letter from USCCB to U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Importance of Preserving DOMA

According to the letter from Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone, Bishop of Oakland, and chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, "changing the institution of marriage by making it indifferent to the absence of one sex or the other denies that children have the fundamental human right to be cared by both their mother and father. Such revision transforms marriage from a child-centered to an adult-centered status to the detriment of children. DOMA maintains marriage’s proper focus on reinforcing the interests of children." Read more…

ACTION ALERT! U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee May Repeal Defense of Marriage Act

The Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate has scheduled a hearing on November 3, 2011, to vote on a bill that would repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act (known as DOMA). Please contact Sens. Levin and Stabenow as soon as possible and before November 3, when the hearing will be conducted. Please also share this action alert and information with any social media networks you may use. [Link no longer available —Ed.]

Letter from Archbishop Dolan, President of USCCB, to American Bishops on Recent Poverty Report in America

As president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Dolan has written to every bishop in the United States asking them to "do all you can to lift up the human, moral and spiritual dimensions of the ongoing economic crisis. Widespread unemployment, underemployment and pervasive poverty are diminishing human lives, undermining human dignity, and hurting children and families. I hope we can use our opportunities as pastors, teachers, and leaders to focus public attention and priority on the scandal of so much poverty and so many without work in our society.” Read more…

ACTION ALERT! Email HHS to Oppose “Preventative Services” Mandate

On August 3, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published an interim rule that mandates almost all private health plans to cover contraception and sterilization as “preventive services,” and allows the department to implement a very narrow and inadequate religious exemption. Please take a moment to send an e-mail message to HHS no later than September 30 urging the department to remove morally unacceptable mandated services. More background information may be found below. [Link no longer available —Ed.]

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