• Bishop Timothy L. Doherty

      On Faith and Life, A Wrong Turn by the Senate

       “Congress has never passed legislation with the specific purpose of reducing Americans’ religious freedom. It should not consider doing so now.”
       
      So said a broad interfaith coalition of religious leaders to Congress last month, after the Supreme Court issued its decision in the Hobby Lobby case. Members of the Green family, who own this chain of hobby and craft stores, won their case in court.  The Obama administration could not force them to violate their faith and provide employer coverage for drugs and devices that they see as attacking a human being at his or her earliest stage of development.
       
      These religious leaders knew there might be a backlash from members of Congress whose own “reproductive rights” agenda is more important to them than religious freedom for other Americans.  The leaders felt a need to remind our lawmakers that the freedom to live by one’s faith is Americans’ first and most fundamental freedom, that Congress has always sought to protect people’s conscience from being trampled when those in power disagree with their beliefs.
       
      Events soon proved they were right to be concerned.   Read More...
    • Uniting in Heart Survey

      Your Enthusiastic Participation is Invited

      What’s coming soon? Beginning in August, the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana will be conducting a general survey. This instrument will be available in electronic and paper versions. Each Catholic adult and Catholic of high-school age is encouraged to participate. Further information about the survey will appear in The Catholic Moment and parish bulletins.

      A company called The Reid Group already has consulted with people here to shape the survey items. It has experience with this sort of activity in other dioceses. While the content itself is not very complex, it reflects one important effort to capture opinions and expectations. There will be space for participants to register their points of view in their own words. The data will help build a picture of the diocese so that I, as the pastoral shepherd, can refine a vision for my offices going forward.  (Read More)  

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    • Prayer Intentions of Pope Francis for September

      Vatican City, 1 September 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father's universal prayer intention for September is : “That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life”.

      His intention for evangelisation is: “That Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering”.         Source: www.news.va/en/news/pope-francis-prayer-intentions-for-september
       

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