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USCCB & LGBT Non-Discrimination

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President Obama is set to release a new rule that bars federal contractors from discriminating against gays and lesbians in their employment practices. The new rule lacks the kind of robust exemptions for religious organizations that many Church leaders, including prominent Obama supporters, sought. The President paired this new rule with a decision to retain a 2002 George W. Bush-era rule that allowed Church-affiliated organizations to discriminate in favor of their co-religionists in hiring.

+Wilton Channels Pope Francis

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Archbishop Wilton Gregory recently gave the invocation at the UNITE Here convention. He chose the occasion to channel Pope Francis. No minimizing the message here. And, he did it with people with ears to hear, the workers who staff the nation's hospitality industry, workers who are too often denied the respect they deserve and whose pay is not commensurate with the work that they do. The alliance of Church and labor is as natural as whipped cream on a sundae and it is good to see an American archbishop cultivating that alliance. Kudos upon kudos to Archbishop Gregory. 

Mazzenga at CACG on Immigration

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At last week's National Migration Conference, Maria Mazzenga gave a wonderful presentation on the history of the Church's work on behalf of migrants. Mazzenga, who is a fellow at Catholic University's Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies and the Education Archivist at CUA, shows that our Catholic Church is not only a Church of immigrants, but a Church for immigrants, and has been for a long, long time.

Ain't Nothing the Matter with Kansas

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Nothing wrong with Kansas that a new governor can't fix. At least that is the opinion of more than 100 Republican officeholders who have broken ranks and endorsed the Democratic candidate Paul Davis. Politico has the story. Kudos to these Republicans for stepping up and working to take back their party from the crazies. I note in passing that this week, Governor Sam Brownback had Sen. Rick Santorum in to campaign for him.

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