Peace is not an absence of difference, but a respectful harmony within a healthy pluralism of beliefs, which "respects differences and values them as such" (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, no. 255).
When we teach about God, we must always emphasize the harmony of the Gospel. We must "stress again and again the attractiveness and the ideal of a life of wisdom, self-fulfillment, and enrichment" (Evangelii Gaudium, no. 168). All the demands of the Gospel way of life should be seen in a more positive light when we understand the beautiful integrity that it brings to our lives and the hope it offers to our world. One of the places harmony can be best seen is in the family-that "complex of interpersonal relationships," where each distinct individual is uniquely incorporated into the fullness of the whole (Familiaris Consortio, no. 15).
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The Convocation for Catholic Leaders in Orlando from July 1-4 is a great opportunity for staff at the USCCB to connect with you all in the field. Inspired by Evangelii Gaudium, the Convocation will form leaders who will be equipped and re-energized to share the Gospel as missionary disciples, while offering fresh insights informed by new research, communications strategies, and successful models.
June 26, 2017 was a big day for Supreme Court announcements surrounding marriage.
First, the Court has agreed to take up the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, regarding whether those with religious beliefs about marriage must be coerced into providing cakes for same-sex celebrations. Second, the Court reversed a decision of the Arkansas Supreme Court regarding birth certificates, thus ordering the state to list a same-sex "spouse" of the birth mother automatically as the other parent, just as they do with male-female married couples.
Stephen Tennes, a Catholic farmer in Michigan was barred from a number of farmers' markets in East Lansing because of his views on marriage. His business refused to host a same-sex ceremony, and he announced on Facebook in August that the farm would no longer host any wedding ceremonies. They subsequently decided to resume offering their farm for weddings with the reservation that the weddings be between one man and one woman. The city claimed that this violated their non-discrimination ordinance. The city modified the vendor agreement this year to include complying with East Lansing's Human Relations Ordinance. Tennes filed a lawsuit on May 31, 2017.
State Legislative Updates
Governor Abbot signed into law the Freedom to Serve Children Act, which is a state version of the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act that the USCCB supports in Congress.
Residents in the District will be able to choose a third gender option for their driver's license: M, F, or X. D.C. follows Oregon in allowing this.
Legislation in the 115th Congress
The USCCB supports the First Amendment Defense Act and the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act in Congress.
Take Action Now! by visiting this link and urge your representatives to support and co-sponsor this vital legislation.
On June 1, 2017, the pope addressed the European Federation of Catholic Family Associations (FAFCE) in celebration of its 20-year anniversary. The FAFCE represents Catholic family associations from 14 countries across Europe and has participatory status in the Council of Europe as a Non-Governmental Organization.
Relationships within the family as a communion of persons, the pope said, are the "driving force of true humanization and evangelization." The family, "grounded in the inviolable dignity of the person," is called to influence the social, economic, and political realms of life. These familial relationships can help build up a "culture of encounter" to bring about unity between generations and cultures.
Marriage: Unique for a Reason is an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). It offers resources to assist with the education and catechesis of Catholics on why marriage is unique and why it should be promoted and protected as the union of one man and one woman. Questions or comments, contact: MarriageUniqueForAReason@usccb.org
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Catholic institutions and parishes should proclaim the sanctity of human life without compromise
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from the Fall 2014 Vatican Colloquium on Man and Woman in Marriage
"Quick Explanation re Catholic Teaching & Contra-ception"
Oh and by the way, THE PILL KILLS!
NaPro-TECHNOLOGY, New Hope in Infertility
Grotto of the Innocents in the Holy Land
St. Thomas More
Our 1st allegiance must be to God (a clip from "A Man for All Seasons").
Catherine of Aragon
"A Queen cherished by the English people for her loyalty, piety, courage and compassion."
Msgr. John J. Ryan
Dietrich von Hildebrand
Blessed Clemens Von Galen
Seven decades ago, he condemned attacks against human life.
The fictional Father Barry's "Sermon on the Docks"
Jesus stands beside us, to strengthen us in our most challenging moments.
St. Gianna Beretta Molla, M.D.
Servant of God Dorothy Day
Saint Teresa of Calcutta
Her speech at the 1994 National Prayer Breakfast
The Fictional Aunt Mae from Spiderman II
“Lord knows, kids...need a hero — courageous, self-sacrificing people....I believe there’s a hero in all of us…that keeps us honest…gives us strength…makes us noble…and finally allows us to die with pride, even though sometimes we have to be steady and give up the thing we want the most – even our dreams.”
Judie Brown, formerly of the Pontifical Academy for Life
Professor Robert George of Princeton
"people who suppose that prostitution, adultery, fornication, & the like are morally innocent are profoundly mistaken....Laws against intrinsic evils such as prostitution, pornography, drug abuse, & the like, as well as those regulating gambling & alcohol, are justified, in part, by a concern to protect the public environment" (A Clash of Orthodoxies, pp. 101 - 108)