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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Supreme Court ruling does not change Church’s definition, understanding or teaching on the sacrament of marriage
Catholic leaders and others have said that the Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling that same-sex marriage is constitutional does not change the Catholic Church’s teaching or understanding of marriage.
Statement of the Archdiocese of Washington on the decision of the Supreme Court of the United State regarding same-sex marriage
The Archdiocese of Washington issued the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling that same-sex marriage is constitutional nationwide:
Court rules same-sex marriage legal nationwide
In a landmark ruling, a divided Supreme Court June 26 said same-sex marriage is constitutional nationwide.
Court upholds health care subsidies in states with federal exchanges
Writing that “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” a 6-3 majority of the Supreme Court June 25 upheld tax subsidies for participants in health care exchanges run by the federal government in states that refused to create them.
Editorial: Despite hatred and division in world, the power of God’s love and mercy endures
Every day in our world and in our community, we see the destructive impact of hatred and division. But more importantly, every day we also see the enduring power of God’s love and grace, as manifested by his people.
U.S. Catholic leaders laud Pope Francis for encyclical on environment
U.S. Catholic leaders lauded Pope Francis for his encyclical, “Laudato Sí, on Care for Our Common Home,” for calling all to be good stewards, for putting “a human face” on environmental issues and for starting “a new conversation” on the urgent need to protect all of creation.
All creation sings God’s praise, but people are silencing it, pope says
The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it, Pope Francis says in his long-awaited encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.”
All who believe in God and all people of good will have an obligation to take steps to mitigate climate change, clean the land and the seas, and start treating all of creation – including poor people – with respect and concern, he says in the document released at the Vatican June 18.
Papal encyclical offers a ‘moral framework’ on protecting God’s creation, says Cardinal Wuerl and USCCB president
Pope Francis’s encyclical “Laudato Sí on Care for Our Common Home,” which was released June 18, “brings a Catholic worldview to the environmental discussion which helps us see more clearly the moral lesson woven into the story of creation,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
Bishops discuss upcoming encyclical, pope’s visit, uses of social media
The U.S. bishops gathered in St. Louis for their spring general assembly heard presentations on the pope’s upcoming encyclical on the environment, the U.S. Church’s ongoing work in promoting traditional marriage and the need to remain vigilant in protecting children from abuse.
Dublin archbishop says Church needs ‘reality check’ after marriage vote
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has said the Church needs a “reality check” after Irish voters overwhelmingly supported same-sex marriage.
Ireland was the first country in the world to put same-sex marriage to a popular vote and the May 22 poll was backed by 62 percent of the population. Same-sex marriage is now a constitutional right in Ireland.
Blessed Romero ‘another brilliant star’ belonging to Church of Americas
Some thought this day would never arrive. Others hoped and some always knew it would.
On May 23, the Catholic Church, beatified Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez, of El Salvador, who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass, just a day after pleading and ordering soldiers to stop killing innocent civilians.
Archdiocese of Washington statement on D.C. Circuit’s denial of rehearing in its legal challenge to the HHS Mandate
The Archdiocese of Washington and its co-plaintiffs are disappointed that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has denied our Petition for Rehearing in our ongoing legal challenge to the HHS Mandate.
Cardinal Wuerl issuing a new pastoral letter on Catholic identity
On Pentecost Sunday, May 24, Cardinal Wuerl is issuing a new pastoral letter,
Catholic Identity in an Age of Challenge.
That day, the text
of the pastoral letter will be available on the Archdiocese of Washington’s website at adw.org, and the text will be printed in the upcoming June 4 edition of the
Archbishop from Syria pleads for his people during Washington visit
At evening vespers on May 1, Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria, cried out for help to the great evangelist St. Paul: “You owe us your conversion, your baptism! Now we need you to ask the Lord for a miracle,” he said in front of the crowd gathered at the
Congress comes to Carroll
Hundreds of students at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington witnessed the federal government at work when a May 14
on the reauthorization of the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act was held in their auditorium. Supporters described it as a needed initiative that has given low-income families the ability to send their children to a school that best fits the child’s needs.
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