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Chairmen of U.S. Bishops’ Migration Committee and Religious Liberty Committee Express Disappointment with Supreme Court’s Ruling in Travel Ban Case
Posted on 06/27/2018 05:07 AM (USCCB News Releases)
WASHINGTON—On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the case of Trump v. Hawaii, which involves a challenge to President Donald Trump's Proclamation No. 9645 restricting travel from several predominantly Muslim-majority countries. The Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling upheld the travel ban.
Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Migration, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chair of the USCCB Committee for Religious Liberty, issued the following joint statement:
"The travel ban targets Muslims for exclusion, which goes against our country's core principle of neutrality when it comes to people of faith. We are disappointed in the Court's ruling because it failed to take into account the clear and unlawful targeting of a specific religious group by the government. The Catholic Church takes a strong stand against religious discrimination, and we will continue to advocate for the rights of people of all faiths, as well as serve migrants and refugees through our various ministries."
The USCCB, Catholic Charities USA, and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) filed a friend-of-the-court brief before the Supreme Court advocating that the travel ban be struck down as a violation of the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. The full text of the brief is available online: http://www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/amicus-briefs/upload/usccb-scotus-amicus-brief-20180330-as-filed.pdf
Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Trump v. Hawaii, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Migration Committee, Religious Liberty Committee, Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), U.S. Constitution, First Amendment, Free Exercise Clause, travel ban, Muslim ban, Proclamation No. 9645
Posted on 06/26/2018 19:45 PM (CNS Vatican News)
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Posted on 06/26/2018 14:12 PM (CNS Vatican News)
Chairman of U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Committee Praises Supreme Court’s Respect for Free Speech in NIFLA v. Becerra Decision
Posted on 06/26/2018 07:22 AM (USCCB News Releases)
WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the case of National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra. This case challenges a California law forcing pro-life pregnancy centers to provide free advertising for the abortion industry. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of NIFLA under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following statement praising the ruling:
"In an important victory for the free speech rights of pro-life organizations, the Supreme Court today has affirmed that that the First Amendment protects the right of all organizations to choose for themselves not only what to say, but what not to say. This includes allowing pro-life pregnancy care centers to continue providing life-affirming support to both mother and child without being forced by governments to provide free advertising for the violent act of abortion in direct violation of the center's pro-life convictions. The decision is an important development in protecting pro-life pregnancy centers from future efforts to compel speech in violation of their deeply held beliefs."
The USCCB and several other groups filed a friend-of-the-court brief before the Supreme Court supporting the pro-life pregnancy centers in this important free speech case. The other groups are the California Catholic Conference, the Catholic Health Association of the United States, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Christian Legal Society and Agudath Israel of America. The full text of the brief is available online: http://www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/amicus-briefs/upload/NIFLA-Amicus-2018-01-13F.pdf
Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Pro-Life Activities Committee, Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), California Catholic Conference, Catholic Health Association, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Christian Legal Society, Agudath Israel of America. Free Speech clause, First amendment, U.S. Constitution, pro-life organization, free speech rights, pro-life pregnancy centers, pregnancy care centers
Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Most Reverend Robert Muench from the Diocese of Baton Rouge; Appoints Most Reverend Michael Duca of Shreveport as Bishop of that Same See
Posted on 06/26/2018 01:00 AM (USCCB News Releases)
WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Muench from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Baton Rouge and has appointed as Bishop of that same See, the Most Reverend Michael Duca, up until now Bishop of Shreveport. Bishop Muench has reached the retirement age for bishops of 75.
The resignation and appointment were publicized in Washington on June 26, 2018, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Most Reverend Robert William Muench was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on December 28, 1942 and three years later moved with his family to New Orleans, Louisiana.
In 1956, he began studies for the priesthood at St. Joseph Seminary in St. Benedict, Louisiana, graduating from its high school in 1960. After two years of junior college study, he went on to attend Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans for two years, obtaining a B.A. degree in Philosophy.
From 1964 to 1968 he completed his theological seminary studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and also earned an M.A. degree in Education (Guidance and Counseling). He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, May 18, 1968. On December 15, 2001, Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Muench to be the Fifth Bishop of Baton Rouge. Bishop Muench was installed as Bishop of Baton Rouge at St. Joseph Cathedral on March 14, 2002. Since assuming the office of bishop in Baton Rouge, Bishop Muench paid special attention to the Church's ministry to young people. A particular concern for Bishop Muench was collaboration with the Archdiocese of New Orleans during the fall of 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Most Reverend Michael Gerard Duca was born on June 5, 1952 in Dallas, Texas. Bishop Duca attended Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas from 1970 to 1978. He was ordained a priest on April 29, 1978 for the Diocese of Dallas.
He served the Diocese of Dallas as vocations director and chaplain at Southern Methodist University from 1985 to 1992.
Additionally, he studied in Rome from 1994 to 1996 at the University of St. Thomas Angelicum where he received his Licentiate in Canon Law.
On December 20, 2004, the Prelate of Honor was conferred to him by His Holiness John Paul II of the Title of Reverend Monsignor. He was called to the order of bishop on April 1, 2008, for service in North Louisiana. On May 19, 2008, he was ordained and installed as the second Bishop of the Diocese of Shreveport. From 1996 to 2008, he served as Rector at Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas.
During his active ministry as priest and prior to his appointment as diocesan bishop, Bishop Duca served in many different parishes in the Dallas area, including: All Saints Catholic Church, St. Patrick Catholic Church and St. Luke Catholic Church. He also previously served the Diocese of Dallas as Vocations Director, was a member of the Personnel Board, Campus Minister at Southern Methodist University, member of the Presbyteral Council, member of the College of Consultors, and Director of Ongoing Formation of Priests. Bishop Duca previously served for two years as President of the National Association of College Seminaries.
The Diocese of Baton Rouge is comprised of 5,513 square miles in the state of Louisiana and has a total population of 991,335 of which 225,477 or 22.75 percent are Catholic.
Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Pope Francis, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio, Bishop Robert Muench, Bishop Michael Duca, Diocese of Baton Rouge
Posted on 06/25/2018 18:00 PM (CNS Vatican News)
Posted on 06/25/2018 15:33 PM (CNS Vatican News)
Peter’s Pence Collection 2018 to be held June 30-July 1; Funds Support Pope Francis’s charitable outreach to the suffering and marginalized
Posted on 06/25/2018 07:49 AM (USCCB News Releases)
WASHINGTON— The annual Peter's Pence collection will be taken in many dioceses across the United States the weekend of June 30 – July 1. Funds from this collection support Pope Francis's charitable outreach to the suffering and marginalized around the world.
"The Peter's Pence collection is a sign of our communion with the Holy Father," said Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi of Mobile, Alabama, chairman of the USCCB Committee on National Collections. "We join our brothers and sisters in the United States and around the world to support Pope Francis as he cares for those most in need."
The Peter's Pence collection 2018: Be a witness of charity, is taken up worldwide to help Pope Francis provide relief to victims of war, religious persecution, and natural disasters. More information about the collection can be found at www.usccb.org/ppc and shareable resources for the collection can be accessed at www.usccb.org/ppc/collection
Keywords: Peter's Pence, National Collections, USCCB, U.S. bishops, Pope Francis, pope, Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi, charity, poor, suffering, war, oppression, natural disaster
Posted on 06/23/2018 13:37 PM (CNS Vatican News)