- Sep 19, 2020
The U.S. Bishops and other organizations are backing a conscience rights bill making its way through Congress that “would be an enormous step forward in assuring Americans who serve the sick and needy that they can do so without being forced by the government to violate their most deeply held convictions on respect for innocent human life.”
Chile’s Constitutional Court on Monday upheld a measure that would end the country’s absolute ban on abortions. The measure, hailed as a victory by President Michelle Bachelet, was criticized by the bishops, who’ve committed themselves to redoubling their efforts to accompany women who “live their pregnancies in extreme situations.”
Ahead of a plebiscite in Australia on same-sex marriage, the head of the Australian Catholic bishops’ conference said, “Our teachers, our parish employees are expected totally to uphold the Catholic faith and what we believe about marriage. People have to see in words and in example that our teaching of marriage is underlined.”
Although one half-hour encounter can’t magically dissolve all the potential flash points in the relationship between the Vatican under Pope Francis and the White House under President Donald Trump, it still seems Trump got more than he could have expected out of Wednesday’s encounter, including a Vatican statement that played up areas in which the president and the pope are on the same page.
In 2013, Barronelle Stutzman, owner of a flower-shop, declined to serve a same-sex wedding, citing her Christian religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman. Today, she must pay fines and legal costs since the state’s supreme court upheld a lower court’s decision that she had discriminated against same-sex couples.
CatholicVote.org, a Catholic advocacy group, warned the governor of Illinois that he will face massive political opposition if he signs an abortion funding bill into law. “If Governor Rauner signs the bill as written, we will urge our members along with every pro-life voter in the state to support an alternative candidate,” the president of the group said.