Category Archive for: international

Bishops back bill to protect faith-based foster care, adoption providers

Legislation introduced in the Senate and the House aims to protect “the cherished freedom of religious liberty” of faith-based foster care and adoption providers who believe children “deserve to be placed with a married mother and father,” the chairmen of three U.S. bishops’ committees said March 15. The Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2021…Read More

Biden mentions Our Lady of Guadalupe, shows rosary beads, in meeting with Mexican president

President Joe Biden cited Our Lady of Guadalupe and displayed his rosary beads in a conversation with the president of Mexico on Monday. In the virtual conversation with Mexico’s President López Obrador, Biden—a Catholic—claimed a devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe from his previous travels to Mexico as vice president. “During my visits, I got…Read More

Oklahoma Senate Bill 704 – Sentence Enhancement Reform

Authored by Senator Dave Rader, SB704 is OCJR’s most ambitious legislation this session. SB704 has the potential to help Oklahomans serving excessive sentences for truly non-violent crimes while saving the state over $100 Million dollars over the next ten years. Oklahoma has one of the highest imprisonment rates in the country, driven by long sentences…Read More

Kansas lawmakers advance constitutional amendment to exclude ‘right to abortion’

The Kansas Senate on Jan. 28 passed a measure that, if approved by voters, would amend the state’s constitution to exclude a “right to abortion” and reserve the right to regulate abortion in the state to the legislature. The proposed “Value Them Both” amendment would codify that “the constitution of the state of Kansas does…Read More

U.S. bishops welcome Biden’s order not to release census citizenship data

The leaders of two U.S. bishops’ committees applauded President Joe Biden’s executive order reversing a policy of the previous administration that excluded unauthorized immigrants from the census count. “We welcome this return to more than a century of American precedent that ensures all residents will be counted and included in the census and apportionment,” said…Read More

Biden’s Electoral College victory certified — hours after Capitol chaos

The U.S. Congress early Thursday certified the Electoral College vote that gave Democrat Joe Biden his presidential victory — after a day in Washington that was marred by pro-Trump protesters storming the U.S. Capitol. Vice President Mike Pence, who had announced he would not overturn the will of voters, confirmed the Biden victory at 3:41…Read More

Catholic bishop in Iceland appeals for lifting of 10-person Mass limit

Iceland’s only Catholic bishop has called on the government to lift the country’s 10-person limit on Mass attendance, arguing that it is an “unfair discrepancy” within the current coronavirus measures. Bishop David Tencer of Reykjavik, the country’s sole Catholic diocese, issued a statement on Jan. 4 calling for the COVID-19 restrictions to be changed “where…Read More