Bishop Campbell Speaks About the Hale Case

In an exclusive interview published today in the Columbus Dispatch, Bishop Frederick Campbell broke his patient silence on what was until now a purely internal human resources matter regarding the dismissal of Carla Hale. She was a teacher at a Catholic high school in the Diocese of Columbus until her public and open admission that she considers her lesbian partner a “spouse” in contradic... More

Why Were Clergy Barred From The Boston Bombing Scene?

In a story that seems to have garnered very little attention, the Wall Street Journal‘s Jennifer Graham reported last Thursday that in the carnage following the Boston Marathon bombings, first responders did not include area clergy.  This was, however, no accident. Graham writes: The heart-wrenching photographs taken in the moments after the Boston Marathon bombings show the blue-and-yello... More

UPDATE: Columbus Diocese Remains Resolute, Lesbian Teacher Basks in Spotlight

The Columbus Dispatch reports that after meeting with the principal of Bishop Watterson High School, Carla Hale gave a press conference to her fawning supporters in the media vowing to “continue her fight” against the Catholic Church. Far from being a private matter between two consenting adults, Hale has elevated this issue to a public debate precisely because of her own actions, first by pub... More

Lesbian Teacher Suing Diocese for Being Catholic

The Columbus Dispatch reports that a Catholic High School fired a physical education teacher last month after it became public knowledge that she is a lesbian who lives with her partner, in direct violation of Church teachings. Sadly, the teacher, Carla Hale, reacted by suing the Diocese of Columbus under the city’s anti-discrimination law, which does not provide an exemption for religious organ... More

Marriage: What’s Love Got to Do with It?

The Supreme Court of the United States is hearing oral arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry today in what promises to be a historic case no matter the outcome. Meanwhile, supporters of marriage are marching on D.C. and Catholics across the nation are praying for religious freedom. A few weeks ago, we heard the story of the woman brought before Jesus for the crime of adultery. In it we have a remind... More

US Department of Justice: No Fundamental Right to Homeschool

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike were a couple living in Germany who homeschooled their six children. There’s only one problem: in Germany, homeschooling has been against the law since the Nazis were in power. After facing intimidation, abuse, and repeated fines (to the tune of $10,000 USD) the Romeikes chose to move to the United States to ask asylum and homeschool their children in peace. In 20... More

URGENT: Hobby Lobby needs your support!

More than 25,000 supporters of religious liberty have signed a petition pledging to shop at the Christian-oriented, arts and crafts store Hobby Lobby this coming Saturday, January 5th. Organizer Joe Grabowski from StandWithHobbyLobby.com is calling on “all Americans who value freedom of religion and oppose the HHS mandate’s unfair impositions” to “show their support for... More

Kick off the new year by attending the Catholic Witness in a Nation Divided conference

If the members, teachers and leaders of the Catholic Church truly applied the Church’s teachings to life issues, marriage, religious freedom and immigration what would our church look like? That’s the question Ave Maria Communications seeks to answer with their upcoming “Catholic Witness in a Nation Divided” conference. Sponsored in part by Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, the... More

France steps up efforts to restrict religious freedom

Agnostic French President Francois Hollande recently announced he would strengthen his country’s commitment to a naked public square by establishing a “National Observatory of Secularism.” Under the guise of non-violence, Interior Minister Manuel Valls told reporters that the observatory was created “not to combat opinions by force, but to detect and understand when an [religious] opinion ... More

“We have no king but Caesar.”

Bishop Jenky of Peoria has an excellent letter that will be read at all the Masses this weekend in his diocese. It’s too good to just cite one part so here it is in toto: Dear Catholic Believers, Since the foundation of the American Republic and the adoption of the Bill of Rights, I do not think there has ever been a time more threatening to our religious liberty than the present. Neither th... More
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