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Changing Language is Changing Culture
Editor's Note: We are living in an age of relativism. Who are the relativistic thinkers? We are. Everyone is influenced by the culture to varying degrees.  CCGI has found through trainings and workshops, that this leads people to sometimes unwittingly communicate in ways that actually conflict with what they beleive. 


University Policy: Stop Christian Oppression
Its Beliefs Amount to Religious Discrimination
DAVIS, CA, February 16, 2011 -- The Alliance Defense Fund has challenged the University of California at Davis' policy that defines religious discrimination as Christians oppressing non-Christians. The action was taken in a letter written on behalf of more than 25 students who object to a policy. Intolerance toward Christians is increasing in education, even at the elementary school level, particularly on issues related to marriage, family, and human sexuality.


Massive $10 million gay ‘marriage’ campaign
Launched on Valentine’s Day
NEW YORK, February 14, 2011  - The largest-ever national public campaign to sway Americans towards same-sex “marriage” launched today, Valentine’s Day, with a media blitz of TV, radio, and online ads.


CCG Leaders Hold Summit
Set 2011 Marriage Advocacy Plans
SAN FRANCISCO, February 10, 2011 -- Catholics for the Common Good leaders from all over California met at St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco on January 23 to plan strategy and action for expanding the Stand with Children project during 2011. "We need to develop a sense of urgency because marriage is being attacked on every front—in legislatures, in the courts, in the classrooms, in the media, and in corporate board rooms," said CCG Chairman William B. May.


Celebrate the Reality of Marriage
The reality of marriage has become obscured today because of the influcences of relativism and the secular culture. It has been diminished for many as merely the public recognition of a loving committed relationship for the private interest of a man and a woman. The following essay helps focus on the reality of marriage as a foundational part of God's plan for creation, and the Catholic understanding of its sacramental nature.

The pain of anonymous parentage
A new US forum gives voice to the grown children of anonymous donors.
SYDNEY, January 26, 2011 -- It had to happen sooner or later: a forum for people born from reproductive technologies, especially donor eggs and sperm. There are many forums where IVF mums can swap stories about their pregnancies, but none about the mums’ children. Until now.


CCG Responds to
Shocking U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Marriage
WASHINGTON, January 19, 2011 — The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday declined to hear an appeal over the right of District of Columbia citizens to vote on the legal definition of marriage in the case Jackson v. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics (known as Jackson II). William B. May, Chairman of Catholics for the Common Good found the decision "shocking" in a statement released today. The Court made its decision without comment.

Gay ‘Marriage’ Battles Heat Up
Maryland, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire
CONCORD, New Hampshire, January 14, 2011 – The battle over same-sex “marriage” is starting to heat up, with proponents trying to legalize it in two states, and pro-family advocates hoping to enact repeal of gay “marriage” legislation in another.


Decision Pending from SCOTUS
Will DC Marriage Vote Case Be Heard?
WASHINGTON, January 11, 2011 -- According to the U.S. Supreme Court's public docket, the justices were scheduled to meet privately on this Friday to decide whether to hear the case filed by Washington, DC citizens who were denied the right to vote on an initiative that defined marriage as a union of a man and a woman. The announcement of their decision will likely be made on Tuesday, January 18. See background.


A right to a child?
ROME, January 10, 2011 – When I first started writing about ethical issues surrounding the then very new artificial reproductive technologies (ARTs), about ten years ago, I remember receiving an email from a young man who was studying law at an American Catholic university. He told me that he and his classmates had been debating some hypothetical legal situations that could arise given that the many practices of ARTs were then, as now, largely unregulated in the U.S.


Catholics for the Common Good Adviser, Bishop Salvatore Cordileone

CCG Episcopal Adviser to Head
USCCB Defense of Marriage Committee
WASHINGTON, January 5, 2011 — Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has appointed Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, California as chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage. Bishop Cordileone succeeds Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, who was elected vice president of the USCCB in November 2010.


Prop 8 Standing Issue Sent to CA Supreme Court
Will Federal Case Be Decided on Merits or Technicality
SAN FRANCISCO, Tuesday, January 04, 2011 — Today, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals booted a decision to the California Supreme Court  on whether Prop 8 proponents, ProtectMarriage.com, have standing to appeal Judge Vaughn Walker's radical decision to redefine marriage to accomodate same-sex couples in California. This is a postive development as the California Supreme Court has twice granted standing to committees representing the voters on issues related to marriage. If standing were denied, Prop 8 will be overturned with no one left to defend the will of the 7 million voters that defined marriage as a union of a man and a woman in the state constitution in November 2008.


The Marriage of Mary and Joseph
Feast of the Holy Family
Emphasizes the Value of Marriage
SAN FRANCISCO, December 27, 2010 -- In the Gospel for the Feast of the Holy Family, Joseph received instructions in a dream telling him how best to care for and protect his wife and newborn son. In our modern language, we call Joseph “Jesus’ foster father”. While it may be the best we can do, the connotation is that Joseph is temporary or interchangeable. Is that really true?


Vallejo Elementary Schools:
Anti-Marriage Curriculum
Starts as Early as Kindergarten
    See Video
SAN FRANCISCO, December 23, 2010 -- Just two weeks ago, an elementary school board in Vallejo, CA turned away protests by parents and decided that children as early as kindergarten would be forced to watch videos and participate in programs that have the effect of undermining their understanding of love, marriage and the family.


Video: Oral Arguments before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
Perry v Schwarzengger Prop 8 appeal




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