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Archbishop answers disapproving letter from lawmakers over morality clause

Friday, February 20, 2015
Salvatore Cordileone
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone wrote the message in response to a letter sent to him earlier this week by California lawmakers urging him to remove from a teachers' handbook morality clauses they say are discriminatory and divisive. [...]

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Gay Catholics get Vatican welcome, but no papal shout-out

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Sister Jeannine Gramick, left, and Francis DeBernardo, Executive Director of Catholic gay rights group New Ways Ministry, pose for a photo in front of St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, after attending Pope Francis' weekly general audience, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.
The Vatican did something it has never done before by giving a group of U.S. gay and lesbian Catholics VIP seats at Pope Francis' weekly general audience Wednesday. [...]

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California lawmakers urge archbishop to remove morality clauses from teacher handbooks

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone
The morality clause outlines the church's teaching that using contraception is a sin and that sex outside of marriage, whether it is in the form of adultery, masturbation, pornography or gay sex, is "gravely evil." [...]

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Catholic archbishop’s teacher directive prompts vigil at San Francisco cathedral

Saturday, February 7, 2015
San Francisco teachers
About 100 people attended a vigil outside the Catholic cathedral in San Francisco to protest the local archbishop's requirement that teachers at four Catholic high schools lead their public lives in accordance with church teachings on homosexuality. [...]

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Slovakia holds referendum on same-sex marriage, adoption

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Bratislava, Slovakia
Slovaks are voting in a nationwide a referendum that would bar gay marriages and adoptions, and allow parents to decide whether their children attend sex education classes. [...]

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San Francisco Archbishop details expectations for Catholic school teachers

Friday, February 6, 2015
Salvatore Cordileone
The Catholic archbishop of San Francisco has unveiled a faculty handbook calling on teachers to lead their public and professional lives consistently with church teachings on homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and other behaviors he describes as evil. [...]

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Pope Francis urges Slovakia to vote ‘yes’ on referendum to restrict gay rights

Friday, February 6, 2015
Slovakia
Slovakia's anti-gay marriage movement has received massive support from the Catholic Church, and Pope Francis this week even gave his blessing to the referendum in an address on St. Peter's Square. [...]

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St. Louis Archdiocese opposes hospital group’s benefits for same-sex spouses

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Mercy
Echoing concerns voiced last week by the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, the Archdiocese of St. Louis is also criticizing a Catholic-based hospital group’s plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of employees. [...]

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Springfield, Mo., bishop objects to Catholic hospital’s same-sex benefits

Monday, January 19, 2015
Bishop James Johnston
Bishop James Johnston accuses the hospital system of ignoring the church's stand against same-sex relationships because of "regulations, government funds, and fear of public ridicule." [...]

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Mario Cuomo’s lesson on challenging the political authority of the Church

Sunday, January 18, 2015
New York Gov. Mario Cuomo speaks at the University of Notre Dame in 1984.
The first thing I thought of when I heard that former New York governor Mario Cuomo had died was his extraordinary speech at the University of Notre Dame in 1984. I was not alone. ... It was a speech from which Americans who disagree with teachings of their religious tradition [...]

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