Archive for: March, 2018

Catholic Benefits Association Wins Reprieve in HHS Lawsuit

In a major victory for the First Amendment right to religious freedom, a federal judge has ruled in favor of Catholic Benefits Association (CBA) members, issuing declaratory relief and a permanent injunction against the Obamacare CASC (contraception, abortifacient, sterilization, and related counseling) Mandate. The ruling also eliminates $6.9 billion in fines that have accumulated against…Read More

CCO Hosts Catholic Legislators Caucus, Nationally Renowned Speaker

On Holy Thursday, the Catholic Conference of Oklahoma hosted its inaugural event for the Catholic Legislators Caucus in the Governor’s Blue Room at the state capitol. Joining both Archbishop Coakley and Bishop Konderla were multiple Catholic members of the State Senate and House of Representatives along with Catholic lobbyists, clergy, diocesan and lay leaders. Attendees were treated…Read More

Gubernatorial candidates react to state’s poor rankings

The Oklahoman reached out to gubernatorial candidates this week to gauge their reaction to the newspaper’s series exploring the state’s poor rankings and outcomes in the areas of health, education, mental health and incarceration. Titled “The STATE of Oklahoma,” the yearlong series will look at why Oklahoma ranks among the worst — if not the…Read More

USCCB Disappointed by Congress’ Failure on Conscience Protection Act

WASHINGTON—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, reacted with deep disappointment to the news that a very modest but critical piece of legislation—the Conscience Protection Act—was not…Read More

Critical Bills Move Forward on Life and Adoption Rights

Newly-elected President Pro Tempore Greg Treat is the author of an important faith-based adoption protection bill, SB1140, which allows faith-based adoption agencies to continue operating according to their principles of faith without fear of legal threat. The bill passed out of the Senate on Tuesday 35-9 with two Democrats defecting to vote for it. It…Read More

USCCB urges support for ‘First Amendment Defense Act’

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee for Religious Liberty, and Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, chairman of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, gave their strong support for the First Amendment Defense Act, which was recently introduced by Sen. Mike Lee…Read More

Victory: State Senate Votes Overwhelmingly for Adoption Protection

Legislation to preserve the religious freedom of faith-based adoption agencies in Oklahoma took an important step toward becoming law Tuesday (March 13) with the support of national and state Baptist leaders. The Oklahoma Senate voted 35-9 for Senate Bill 1140, a proposal that would protect private organizations from being required to take part in the…Read More