Archive for: January, 2018

Celebrate National Catholic Schools Week: Jan 28 – Feb 3

National Catholic Schools Week 2018 (CSW) will be observed in dioceses around the country January 28–February 3. This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.,” focuses on the important spiritual, academic and societal contributions provided by a Catholic education. As Bishop George V. Murry, SJ, of Youngstown, Ohio, chairman of the U. S. Conference…Read More

50 Years: Bishop Barron Celebrates Prophetic Humanae Vitae

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s deeply controversial encyclical letter “Humanae vitae.” But I would like to draw particular attention to a remarkable passage in this encyclical, namely section 17, in which Paul VI plays the prophet and lays out, clearly and succinctly, what he foresees as consequences of turning away…Read More

Oklahoma’s payday loan usage rate is highest in nation

Elise Robillard was desperate for a quick cash infusion the first time she walked into a payday lending store. A long-term substitute teacher and mother of two young children, Robillard’s tires were bald, and she couldn’t afford to replace them. So she turned to small, short-term payday advances thinking they would keep her afloat. The…Read More

March for Life 2018 Draws More Than 100,000 Prolifers

Considering they were protesting what they call “the greatest human rights violation of our time,” the crowd that gathered on the National Mall Friday morning for the March for Life was oddly upbeat. Church and school groups who had traveled across the country to show their opposition to 45 years of legal abortion in America…Read More

US Bishops Applaud HHS Initiatives on Conscience and Religious Freedom

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chair of the USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty, offered the following joint statement in response to the creation of a new Division on Conscience and Religious Freedom within…Read More

Adoption Agency Protection Bill Modeled After Virginia Law

Sen. Greg Treat (R-OKC) filed a bill this week designed to offer legal protection for private adoption agencies. The bill provides specific protections from future state regulations that may force faith-based agencies to violate their mission. A similar bill recently passed in the state of Virginia, which was written to prevent the forced closure of…Read More

Senate Bill Filed to End Funding for Trafficking of Fetal Body Parts

Senate Bill 1267, authored by Sen. Greg Treat (R-OKC), proposes to cut state health care funding for Oklahoma organizations or those affiliated with any out-of-state organizations that have been involved in the illegal sale of fetal remains from abortion procedures. The bill formally creates the Defunding Human Trafficking Act, which specifically provides that certain eligibility requirements…Read More

There are 3.6M ‘DREAMers’ — a number far greater than commonly known

The political debate over the fate of “DREAMers” — undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children — has overlooked just how many there are in the country today: about 3.6 million. That number of people whose lives risk being uprooted is not widely known, in large part because so much public attention has been focused recently on 800,000 mostly young DREAMers accepted…Read More

Budget Negotiations: Oil groups support Step Up Oklahoma

Leaders of two Oklahoma oil and gas associations on Tuesday announced their support for a slate of reform and revenue measures advocated by a coalition of Oklahoma civic and business leaders called Step Up Oklahoma. Tuesday’s endorsements came from the board of directors of the Oklahoma Oil & Gas Association and the executive committee of…Read More