“The bishops also met with Catholic legislators from their individual dioceses, which was a new feature of the day this year. In the spirit of faithful citizenship, it was a rewarding experience for the bishops to get to know or strengthen their relationships with many of the Catholics serving our state at the Capitol.”
Inside the Capitol: Minnesota bishops meet with lawmakers to advocate for policies putting families first
USCCB committee chairmen raise concerns on proposed changes to Title IX
They said in a June 29 statement that the proposal “contains many provisions of concern to the church and her ministries, to the faithful and the common good.”
Opponents: Australian bill on ‘conversion’ practices is attack on freedoms
Groups across a wide spectrum reacted with dismay and concern to passage of a law in the Australian state of Victoria to ban “conversion” practices. Some called it an attack on freedom of religion and speech.
U.S. bishops ‘gravely disappointed’ with House passage of Equality Act
“Rather than offering meaningful protections for individuals, the Equality Act would impose sweeping new norms that negatively impact the unborn, health care, charitable services, schools, personal privacy, athletics, free speech, religious liberties and parental rights,” they said.
Prelates raise concern over Trump decision to keep Obama executive order
The chairmen of two bishops’ committees expressed disappointment Feb. 1 over President Donald Trump’s decision to retain a 2014 executive order by his predecessor, Barack Obama, that bans federal discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity against federal employees and workers for federal government contractors.
Benefits association, diocese file suit over HHS transgender regulation
The Catholic Benefits Association, the Diocese of Fargo and Catholic Charities North Dakota filed a lawsuit Dec. 28 in U.S. District Court in North Dakota against a federal regulation scheduled to take effect Jan. 1 that redefines “sex” for anti-discrimination purposes to include sexual orientation and gender identity.