- Jul 15, 2020
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.
The U.S. bishops have written a letter to Congress in support of a proposed Conscience Protection Act of 2017 saying that it is essential to protect health care providers’ fundamental rights and ensure that they are not “forced by government to help destroy innocent unborn children.”