Religious Freedom: On Monday June 27, the Supreme Court issued their ruling in the case Kennedy v. Bremerton School District. The school district is located in Washington State. In a 6-3 decision written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, the majority held that the school district violated a coach’s First Amendment free exercise and free speech rights by disciplining the coach for praying at the 50-yard line after games.
School Choice: On June 21, 2022, the United States Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that the state of Maine cannot exclude religious institutions from public funding simply because they are religious. The state of Maine offers tuition assistance to students in rural areas who choose to attend private schools over commuting to far-away public high schools. Students are allowed to select whatever private school they want—as long as it is not a religious school.
Federal Agencies - Regulations: On 30 June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency, limiting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) power to regulate carbon emissions from power plants under f the Clean Air Act (CAA). More broadly, the Court’s decision places a new set of constraints on the EPA's (and other federal agencies) rulemaking authority and officially announces the arrival of the “major questions doctrine.”
Religious Freedom in the U.S. - The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops encourages us to celebrate Religious Freedom Week, June 22 -29th and learn more about the challenges this right faces in our nation
Religious Freedom Week takes place June 22-29. It begins with the feast day of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, includes the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, and ends with the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.
Gun Control Issue - The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Urges Congress to Act on Gun Control
After multiple mass shootings in recent weeks, four leading bishops who chair critical USCCB committees, joined in a letter to Congress expressing their grief over these incomprehensible tragedies. Their letter calls on members of Congress to, “unite in our humanity to stop the massacres of innocent lives.”
Upcoming Events - Save the Date! Sat. Sept. 17, 2022
Dreaming Together: Forming Disciples for Faith and Justice
The Center for Catholic Education & Formation and the Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford will sponsor a joint conference on Saturday September 17, 2022 at the Omni New Haven at Yale.
The 2022 session of the Connecticut General Assembly will convene on Wednesday, February 9th and adjourn on Wednesday, May 4th.
The Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference will be tracking various issues of interest and will be actively lobbying to protect the sanctity of life, parental rights, religious freedom, and various social justice issues.
Physician-Assisted Suicide (also called Aid-in-Dying by its supporters) will more than likely be reconsidered by the Public Health Committee this coming legislative session, which begins on February 9th.
Last year physician-assisted suicide (PAS) legislation passed out of the Public Health Committee, but failed to be considered by the Judiciary Committee. Efforts to legalize Physician-Assisted Suicide in Connecticut have been going on for years in Connecticut
Federal Drug Administration Approves Women Obtaining Abortion Pills by Mail Despite Serious Concerns About Risk - Is this a sound medical decision or is it driven by abortion politics?
The use of medication to induce abortions in the first 10 weeks of gestation is believed by many to be an easy and harmless solution to an unwanted pregnancy. However, there are major concerns.
Parents Raise Concerns about Social Indoctrination of Young Children in West Hartford Schools
The national trend of parents becoming more involved in what their children are being taught about racism and sexuality came to a head in West Hartford this month. Some parents of elementary school children in West Hartford spoke out against the school district's "social emotional learning " curriculum and its focus on teaching the children about transgenderism.
U.S. Supreme Court Orders New York Court to Reconsider Ruling on State's Abortion Insurance Mandate Following Legal Action by the Diocese of Albany and Other Religious Groups
Potential win for religious freedom.
Climate Change and the Catholic Church - Where Does It Stand?
The teaching of the Catholic Church recognizes that the earth is a gift given to us by God with a responsibility to care and nurture it. Unfortunately, the politics of climate change has made care for the environment a controversial issue.
National Catholic Register Exclusive: HHS Plans New Rule to Mandate Health-Care Providers Comply With Abortion and Gender-Transition Agendas, With No Religious-Freedom Exceptions
Recent court filings uncovered by the Catholic Benefits Association show HHS is working with activist groups to establish sweeping sex-discrimination regulations and dismantle the former Trump administration’s religious-liberty protections in health-care law.
Connecticut Pro-life Pregnancy Resource Center Sues State Over New Law to Protect Free Speech
A Connecticut law, passed during the last legislative session, targets pro-life pregnancy centers as “limited services” providers because they do not refer for or perform abortions.
New Marijuana Law Raises Concerns with Connecticut Poison Control Center due to Anticipated Increase in Child Poisoning Incidents
Children eating marijuana laced edibles has proven to be a problem in the states that have legalized recreational use.
The Conflict between Parental Rights and the Education System is Growing
The Catechism of The Catholic Church recognizes that parents are the primary educators of their children, while states and local boards of education appear to have an opposite view.
40 Days For Life begins in the Archdiocese of Hartford - Played a role in Hartford abortion clinic relocation to Bloomfield. What role is Hartford Healthcare playing in the operation of this abortion clinic?
The Archdiocese of Hartford's 40 Days For Life Campaign has held its annual prayer vigil outside of the Hartford GYN Center, an abortion clinic, for well over a decade. Additionally, peaceful prayer vigils have been held throughout the years by other pro-life groups. This year the 40 Days For Life Campaign will be moving to a new location, outside the Planned Parenthood in West Hartford, because the Hartford GYN Center in Hartford has finally closed. Unfortunately, the Hartford GYN Center has quietly been planning to eventually reopen in the neighboring town of Bloomfield...
New Marijuana Law Runs into First Challenge To Provision Designed to Protect Youth - Billboards on Highway
The new law legalizing recreational marijuana in our state established various advertising provisions to protect our youth from sale solicitations.
Our Responsibility to Our Common Home - Whether you believe in climate change or not.
What is our responsibility as Christians to our environment? Whether one agrees or disagrees with what they hear about the threat of climate change, we still all have responsibilities as keepers of God's creation.
The threat to religious freedom seems to be growing in our own country and around the world. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and other religious leaders are very concerned about this trend.