The real religious freedom debate is taking place outside the United States

Nick Kristof writes in the NY Times about religion-based repression around the world, which has led to deaths of Muslims and Christians in equal numbers of countries. While conservatives fret over contraception availability, people outside the U.S. are wrestling with REAL religious liberty issues that are a matter of life and death. more »

Obama "threading the needle" with new exec order barring discrimination by federal contractors

Writes David Gibson for the Religion News Service, President Obama's executive order shields GLBT employees from discrimination by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to long-standing protections from bias based on "race, color, religion, sex or national origin." Yet Monday's action also leaves in place a 2002 executive order signed by President George W. Bush that gives religious groups with federal contracts some leeway by allowing them to use religious beliefs as a criterion in making hiring and firing decisions. more »
Saluting the anti-poverty efforts of Catholic Charities at time of transition

Father Larry Snyder’s retirement from Catholic Charities USA comes in the wake of successful efforts that raised nearly $1.5-billion last year and coordinated the work of about 160 local Catholic Charities affiliates. more »


Please Read: US Catholic Bishops' "Faithful Citizenship"


"He gave us strength in time of trouble, wisdom in time of uncertainty, and sharing in time of happiness. He will always be by our side...[May he] be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him:

Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not."

Sen Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.

"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

"On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics."

Inaugural Address, President Obama

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