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Religion Plays Irreplaceable Role Catholics For The Common Good Archbishop Lori
In Society, Archbishop Lori Says

BALTIMORE, MD, June 22, 2013--Opening the 2013 Fortnight for Freedom, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore emphasized the unique contribution that religion brings to society, warning that it must be protected and allowed to flourish. 


Catholics For The Common Good US FlagDiverse Faith Leaders Unite Over
Religious Freedom Concerns

WASHINGTON DC, June 22, 2013--Religious leaders from a variety of faith backgrounds are speaking out against the declining role of religion in society, as well as threats to religious freedom for all faith groups.


Catholics For The Common Good Cardinal Raymond BurkeDefending Life In Politics
Part Of New Evangelization,
Cardinal Burke States

VATICAN CITY, June 15, 2013--Participating in the political process in favor of human life is a part of the New Evangelization, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke said as he kicked-off a pro-life weekend at the Vatican.


Catholics For The Common Good General AudiencePope Stresses Threats To Human
Person On Environment Day

VATICAN CITY, June 5, 2013--Pope Francis said that it is urgent to focus on people and not just on nature on World Environment Day.


teen coupleUS Report Shows Increase
in Sexually-Transmitted Infections
WASHINGTON D.C., February 23, 2013 -- New governmental reports on sexual behavior in America show significant rises in both sexually-transmitted infections and use of emergency contraception in recent years.


Two Classes, Divided by ‘I Do’
ANN ARBOR, MI, July 14, 2012 -- Jessica Schairer has so much in common with her boss, Chris Faulkner, that a visitor to the day care center they run might get them confused.



We Cannot Give Scorpions
SAN FRANCISCO, April 3, 2012 -- From March 29 to 31 the Christus Medicus Foundation and the Life Legal Defense Fund presented Make Straight the Pathway: An Integrated and Unified Solution for Catholic Healthcare Reform. The conference was co-sponsored by the dioceses of Oakland and Santa Rosa and the archdiocese of San Francisco and was held at St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco.


Archbishop Jose Gomez, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, speaks on immigration, Latinos, Hispanics, and Catholic Christian heritage of America

The Past and the Future
of the United States of America

FALL RIVER, MA, August 16, 2011-- Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles is quickly becoming one of the most persistently prophetic voices in the Church of the United States. He is as cheerful, amiable and accessible as any bishop in the country, but at the same time he is earning a reputation as a truth-telling boat-rocker, unafraid to call to mind inconvenient truths that many outside the Church and some inside would prefer to ignore. On no issue has he been more candid and challenging than that of immigration.


US Bishops' Spokesperson Rips
Health and Human Services
for Interfering in Religion
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 8, 2011-- U.S. bishops' spokesperson Sr. Mary Ann Walsh blasted the Department of Health and Human Services for interfering in the work of religious hospitals that want to opt out of providing free contraceptives.


Fr. Barron comments on Celebrating Bin Laden's Death?
CHICAGO, May 6, 2011 -- Father Robert Barron provides a poignant reflection on the inviolable dignity of the human person that is important to keep in mind as we contemplate public policy alternatives regarding life, marriage, family and human rights. It is food for thought.


Catholic Health Association
Affirms Bishops' Authority
Following Phoenix Abortion Flap

WASHINGTON, DC, February 2, 2011-- The local bishop has the final word on the morality of medical practices at Catholic institutions in his diocese, insisted Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, head of the U.S. Bishops Conference, in a letter last week to Catholic Health Association President Sr. Carol Keehan.


ACLU: US Bishops Shouldn't Comment
On Health Coverage
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 14, 2011 - the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has criticized the US bishops for opposing free birth control under the new health care law, saying that the Catholic leaders “cannot interfere” into the matter “by turning their religious beliefs into federal law.”


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New Budget for California Fiscal Crisis
Considering Principles of Social Teaching

SACRAMENTO, January 11, 2011  —  A somber, pragmatic and well-prepared Governor Brown addressed California’s $28 billion budget deficit, calling his proposal “draconian.” He laid out stark cuts that would total $12.5 billion (providing half of the needed solution) and requested that the Legislature place a proposition on the June ballot to keep the current tax rates (raised temporarily in 2009) for the next five years (which would provide the other half).  When asked what would happen if the voters rejected the tax increases he warned that all of the cuts would have to be doubled.


An ecological blind spot
Contraceptives are polluting women's bodies and the environment,
but who cares?

There is a huge effort today to protect the physical environment from the unintended effects of human activity. We have international agreements and national policies to reduce global warming by curbing excess carbon, produced as human beings pursue their material wellbeing.


Poverty --  The High Cost of Marriage Breakdown
ROME, September. 26, 2010 - The U.S. Census Bureau released the latest figures on income and poverty on Sept. 16. According to the report the official U.S. poverty rate in 2009 was 14.3%, up from 13.2% in 2008. In raw numbers this adds up to 43.6 million people in poverty in 2009, compared to 39.8 million in 2008.




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