House Votes for Religious Freedom in D.C., But Republicans Fail to Halt Laws
By Kimberly Scharfenberger | May 1
Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution to overturn the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (RHNDA), an unconstitutional law passed by the D.C. City Council which would force religious organizations to work with and hire abortion advocates in the nation’s Capital.
The Washington Post reported that the final vote was 228-192. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio reportedly said that “the issue is one of religious liberty.”
“It is a very important step forward, that a majority of the House is now on record opposing this so-called anti-discrimination law that, in fact, has minimal impact except to discriminate against religious groups,” said Patrick Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society. “But the fight must go on. Congress needs to finish this job and overturn both D.C.laws that violate our religious freedom.” Read more...
St. Norbert College Pro-Life Student Group Counters Gloria Steinem Event with Serrin Foster
By Kimberly Scharfenberger | May 1
In response to the recent scandalous event with pro-abortion speaker Gloria Steinem at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., the College’s student pro-life group invited Feminists for Life President Serrin Foster to present her speech “The Feminist Case Against Abortion.”
The event was held on campus at the Bemis International Center and followed by questions and a reception. Students reportedly filled the room past seating capacity to hear Foster explain the many reasons why feminists can—and should—protect the unborn. The talk took place on April 30, a week after Steinem’s vehemently pro-abortion “dialogue” with fellow radical feminist Bell Hooks. Read more...
Letters to Archbishop Cordileone Show Waves of Global Support
By Justin Petrisek | May 1
In just over a week, more than 7,300 notes of encouragement from Catholics in more than 27 countries have flooded in to The Cardinal Newman Society in support of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. The notes praise the San Francisco archbishop for his unyielding efforts to strengthen Catholic identity in his Catholic schools.
The Cardinal Newman Society is gathering all the notes and delivering them to Archbishop Cordileone so that he can know of the continued support for his efforts.
“Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has been working vigorously to strengthen the Catholic identity of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. His sensible and praiseworthy efforts — such as outlining the expected moral conduct for diocesan teachers — have been met with unfair criticism,” the Newman Society states on the support page.
A recent poll by the San Francisco Chronicle showed that 90 percent of people were in favor of the expectations laid out by Archbishop Cordileone. In their messages submitted to the Newman Society, many supporters affirmed that he is simply defending the beliefs of the Catholic Church, assuring that students are well-formed in the faith and reminding teachers of their unique role in handing on the faith to their students.
In addition to notes from lay and religious within the United States, the support has been surprisingly global. Notes have come in from Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Argentina, Columbia, Brazil, Uruguay, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Wales, Germany, Italy, Spain, Kenya, the UAE, India, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Guam, the Philippines, China and Australia. Read more...
Newman Society Pres: Catholic Education Becoming 'Battleground' for Religious Freedom
By Kimberly Scharfenberger | April 30
Catholic education has swiftly become a “battleground” for religious freedom as the federal government relentlessly pushes for the redefinition of marriage, Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly wrote in a recent Crisis Magazine
Colleges and schools that are maintaining Catholic values and Church teaching are most at risk, Reilly noted. On Tuesday, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr., confirmed during an oral argument before the Supreme Court that “religious colleges could lose their tax exemption and suffer other penalties if the Court redefines marriage.”
Reilly reported that Verrilli was asked by Chief Justice John Roberts how a federal redefinition of marriage wouldn’t present an enormous problem to religious schools. Verrilli admitted that there were “issues” posed by federally banning sexual orientation discrimination, not least of which included the possibility that a religious college could lose its nonprofit tax exemption for refusing to accommodate same-sex marriage. Read more...
Congress to Vote on Law that ‘Takes Away Our Right in Catholic Schools’ to Teach Faith
By Kimberly Scharfenberger | April 29
Down to the wire—and despite indications last week from Republican leadership aides that there were no plans to schedule a vote to overturn the District of Columbia’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (RHNDA)—a floor vote has been scheduled Friday on House Joint Resolution 43, according to the D.C. Catholic Conference. Debate is scheduled to begin Thursday, April 30.
“If RHNDA becomes law, then it takes away our right in Catholic schools to control our message and to control what we teach our children,” said Tom Burnford, education secretary for the Archdiocese of Washington, in an interview today with The Cardinal Newman Society. “Catholic schools would be obliged to keep teachers that sow confusion amongst their students.”
RHNDA will go into effect after May 2, if Congress does not act to stop it. House Joint Resolution 43, sponsored by pro-life Congresswoman Diane Black, was reportedly held back by Republican leaders but then was scheduled for a vote today after conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus demanded action. Read more...
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