St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Having Faith Should Not Be Held Against Us

By Bishop David J. Malloy
We live in a time in which it is no secret that faith is being challenged by the ideology of secularism.

Public, especially governmental, support for religion and faith has diminished. In fact, a case can be made that there is even opposition to faith that is growing in circles of our government and our public discourse.

This anti-religious sentiment presents a particular and, in some ways, purifying challenge to every believer. In the past, the practice of religion was taken for granted; it was even fashionable. Everyone did it.

There was a common recognition that even if there were creedal and religious differences, the practice of religion makes us better, as a nation and as individuals. …

http://observer.rockforddiocese.org/column?id=875


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Fujimori Re-Imprisonment and Peru’s Forgotten Forced-Sterilization Program

In an age when the #MeToo movement has increased the sensitivity toward the rights of women, many would be shocked to realize that a U.S. government agency and the U.N. Population Fund encouraged and financed a program of forced sterilizations in Peru during the 1990s. …

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/fujimori-re-imprisonment-and-perus-forgotten-forced-sterilization-program


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Abortion Activist Trying Again to Force Little Sisters of the Poor to Fund Abortions

The Little Sisters of the Poor took their fight to not have to pay for abortions in their health care plan all the way to the Supreme Court and won. So that should be the end of the battle right? Not so much. …

https://www.lifenews.com/2018/10/11/abortion-activist-trying-again-to-force-little-sisters-of-the-poor-to-fund-abortions/


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Vatican Draft Alters Catechism Wording on Capital Punishment, Calling It ‘Inadmissible’

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican Thursday altered the Catechism’s wording on the permissibility of the death penalty, which the Church teaches is legitimate in extreme cases, stating it is “inadmissible,” and its elimination will be sought.
A new draft of paragraph 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church was issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Aug. 2, after Pope Francis approved it in May. …

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/vatican-draft-alters-catechism-wording-on-capital-punishment-calling-it-ina


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Battle to Stop California Law Forcing Pregnancy Centers to Promote Abortions Heads to Supreme Court

A major battle against a pro-abortion law is heading to the United States Supreme Court. The pro-life lawsuit against a California statute that requires pregnancy centers to promote abortions is heading to the nation’s highest court.
The California law, upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in October, forces pro-life pregnancy centers to promote abortions. Tom Glessner, president and CEO of the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, said his group was appealing the case to the Supreme Court,  arguing that the law violates both free speech and religious freedom. …

Battle to Stop California Law Forcing Pregnancy Centers to Promote Abortions Heads to Supreme Court


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President Trump Signs Religious Freedom Order Protecting Little Sisters of the Poor From Obama Abortion Mandate

President Donald Trump signed a religious liberty executive order today that would protect Christian organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor from being forced to pay for abortions.

“Freedom is not a gift from government. It is a…

President Trump Signs Religious Freedom Order Protecting Little Sisters of the Poor From Obama Abortion Mandate