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After the Convocation

I had the honor last weekend to attend the National Convocation of Catholic Leaders, an unprecedented gathering of diocesan, parish, apostolate, and institutional leaders from around the United States. The Bishops had been planning the convocation for years. Frankly, anticipation would have been high for me… if I had known what to expect. But I’m not sure anyone knew what […]

Experiencing “the Church in miniature”

  It’s rare that I look forward to meetings, much less meetings that require sitting inside a conference room for days, that include more that forty people who probably test as “leaders” rather than followers, and that likely involve some sort of drawn-out discussion or even disagreement. Yet for the last four years, I’ve attended nine meetings that fit that bill […]

USCCB News Release: Court Decision a “Tragic Error”

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops News Release   Supreme Court Decision On Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President Of Catholic Bishops’ Conference June 26, 2015 WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” […]

Daily Catholic Quote from U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

“Affirming the true definition of marriage denies no one their basic rights. On the contrary, protecting marriage affirms the basic rights and equal dignity of women and men and safeguards the basic rights and equal protection of children.” (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) Please help us in our mission to assist readers to integrate their Catholic faith, family and […]

Fourth of July will be Different this Year

I am not very proud to admit that over the years I have taken the 4th of July, or should I say the real meaning of this national holiday, for granted over the years.   To me, the date has been more about another way and another special day to celebrate summer; my favorite season of the year. When I was […]

Lent and Politics

Courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol

Since converting to the Catholic Church in 2006, Lent has become a much anticipated time to recalibrate and get my bearings.  My Lenten journey is defined by words such as simplification, detachment, sacrifice, devotion and a focused effort on improving my prayer life.  This somewhat disciplined approach has worked well in past years, but this year I find myself continually […]

Bishops Vow to Fight Coercive HHS Mandate – Action Alert

From the USCCB website: “Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, president of the USCCB, sharply criticized the decision by the Obama administration in which it “ordered almost every employer and insurer in the country to provide sterilization and contraceptives, including some abortion-inducing drugs, in their health plans….Never before has the federal government forced individuals and organizations to go out into the marketplace and […]

United States Catholic Bishops Respond to Obama HHS “Accommodation”

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have responded to President Obama’s “accommodation” by issuing the following press release… Bishops Renew Call to Legislative Action on Religious Liberty February 10, 2012 Regulatory changes limited and unclear Rescission of mandate only complete solution Continue urging passage of Respect for Rights of Conscience Act WASHINGTON – The United States Conference of Catholic […]

Pushing the Reset Button

In February, President Obama instructed the Justice Department to stop defending in federal court the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This act specifies that under federal law marriage is to be understood exclusively as the a legal union between one man and one woman and decrees that no state would be required to recognize as a marriage a same-sex […]