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  • Federal Contracting Laws Now Prohibit Discrimination Based on "Gender Identity"
    Post by Richard Mathews, 4/9/2015

    “As of April 8, 2015, new and modified federal contracts, subcontracts, and vendor agreements are subject to a new ban on sexual-orientation and gender-identity job discrimination. The federal government has not yet clarified how the new ban intersects with the right of religious contractors, under federal contracting rules, to consider religion when hiring and firing (the religious staffing exemption). The new rules apply specifically to federal contracting, and not (YET) to federal grants. ... ”

  • Cardinal Burke identifies need for manly leadership
    Post by Stu Nolan, 1/12/2015

    “In an interview for the (, Cardinal Burke notes as follows: ... ”

  • Religious Liberty Threats
    Two Recent Incidents Raise Serious Concern and Show the Road Ahead May be Rocky - Post by Msgr. Charles Pope, 10/19/2014

    “Two stories recently in the news illustrate that the path for religious liberty is going to get increasingly rocky in the days ahead. Up until now, the main dispute of the Church with the federal government has been over the “HHS Mandate” requiring us to provide contraception and abortion coverage. We have seen some legal victories on this front, but the battle is far from over and the cost in terms of money, time, and other resources has been enormous. ... ”

  • LegalWorks acts on behalf of Church Institutions to protect Seal of Confessional
    Files brief with U.S. Supreme Court - Post by Stu Nolan, 10/6/2014

    “The Louisiana Supreme Court has asked a lower court to determine which portions of a sacramental confession are entitled to protection as a confession per se and which portions may not be entitled to protection. Of course, in order for the lower court to acquire evidence about the contents of a confession, it must seek testimony from the individuals who were allegedly parties to the confession. In other words, the court seems to think that the seal of the confessional can be violated to the extent necessary for a court to determine which portions of the confession may not be violated (and which portions are not protected at all). ... ”

  • Stop Parading; Start Praying
    Embracing Calls for Holiness on a Saint's Feast Day - Post by Stu Nolan, 9/5/2014

    “Monsignor Charles Pope, a thoughtful writer who pens a column for the "blog" of the Archdiocese of Washington DC and whose columns are routinely re-printed (with permission) here at ( Veritatis Splendor, recently attracted attention from a wider circle than is normally the case. He did so by stating the suddenly controversial idea that a saint's feast day ought to be a time to focus on prayer and a deepening of holiness in our lives, rather than a time to parade around in public displays of drunkenness and celebrations of immoral or otherwise scandalous conduct. ... ”

  • Judge Refuses to Jump Off Cliff with 20 Colleagues
    Federal District Court in New Orleans Gets One Right - Post by Stu Nolan, 9/5/2014

    “Notwithstanding the direction that a herd of his colleagues has been moving since the Supreme Court's decision in Windsor, one federal judge in New Orleans has rightly concluded that he will not jump off a cliff with them. His cogent reasoning (as Ed Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and editor of National Review Onine's Bench Memos, described it ( here) can be read in full by clicking this ( link. ... ”

  • Beyond the Controversy, Immigrant Children are in Need
    Post by Thérèse Bermpohl, 8/6/2014

    “Bring up immigration in a room full of people and it’s like tossing a match onto a stack of dry hay. Emotions flare and opinions collide. As I write this, I know that there are many sides to each story, huge obstacles to bring about solutions and many political and economic realities at stake. But I cannot see past the immediate need of innocent children whose very lives are threatened as they fall victim to the harrowing experience of being brought into our country. ... ”

  • What Saints Peter and Paul teach us
    Post by Bishop Paul S. Loverde, 7/18/2014

    “Given by Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul at Saint Jude Syro-Malabar Church in Centreville. ... ”

  • Catholic Confessions: My Prayer in Dryness
    Post by Natalie Plumb, 7/10/2014

    “I hesitate to call anything “normal.” But some things simply are. We are all different, but we are all sinners. We are all unique Children of God, but we all fall. The same is true with prayer. ... ”

  • A Fortnight for Freedom
    Post by Bishop Paul S. Loverde, 6/27/2014

    “**EDITOR’S NOTE: This column originally ran in the Arlington Catholic Herald (view it here). It serves as a reminder to us to continue praying for religious liberty, especially since the Diocese of Arlington will be celebrating the Fortnight for Freedom tomorrow, June 28, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Herndon. For more information, please see the Facebook event at ** ... ”

  • An Archbishop Refuses to be Bullied
    Post by Sr. Clare Hunter, 6/17/2014

    “It is a strange and scary thing when civil authorities write to a bishop and tell him how to live his faith and mission. Do not let the issue of homosexuality or the politically charged same-sex marriage agenda blind you to what is really going on here. The letter written to Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone by California government leaders and various gay activists and religious groups, as well as a letter from U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, telling him not to attend the second annual March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., on June 19, 2014, was about a group telling a man how he should act as a Catholic Archbishop. ... ”

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