U.S. Bishops Respond to News that the Supreme Court Will Discuss Same-Sex “Marriage”

On Friday, January 16, the U. S. Supreme Court agreed to consider whether marriage between two individuals of the same sex should be legal in all fifty states.  The Justices will review a November 2014 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which upheld the constitutionality of marriage laws in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.That same day, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for th … [Read more...]

Brittany Maynard’s Mother Calls Vatican Statement “A Slap In the Face”

Brittany Maynard's mother is angry.  Debbie Ziegler, whose 29-year-old daughter Brittany committed suicide rather than face the uncertain death with terminal brain cancer, reacted to a statement issued by the Vatican following Brittany's unfortunate act, by issuing a statement of her own.Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, head of the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life, had called her death "reprehensible" and said that physician-assisted suicide should be condemned.  Mrs. Ziegler, f … [Read more...]

Did Concerns Re. the Pope’s Agenda Color the USCCB General Assembly? Bishop Coyne Says Definitely Not

At this week's General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Auxiliary Bishop Christopher Coyne of Indiana was elected by his brother bishops to the Chairmanship of the USCCB's Committee on Communications.Bishop Coyne is well known to Catholics on social media--as a blogger and writer, on television and radio, on Facebook and on Twitter.  In years past, his helpful tweets live from the floor of the USCCB have kept me apprised of what's happening in the Catholic world.On hi … [Read more...]


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