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"Consider this ... Summer reading"
Friday, July 18, 2014 by Daybreak TV Productions

Summer reading

Hobby Lobby and ENDA
Thursday, July 17, 2014 by Archbishops Salvatore J. Cordileone, William Lori & Thomas Wenski and Bishop Richard J. Malone

The Washington Post reported July 8 that the American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups were no longer supporting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The reason, said the executive director of one of the lead organizations: the Hobby Lobby decision opens the door for private companies to determine that “LGBT people are not equal…and fire them.”

But the Hobby Lobby decision does no such thing. The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court was an application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which requires that, if the federal government wants to impose a “substantial burden” on the religious exercise of its citizens, it must prove that the burden serves a “compelling government interest” and does so by the means “least restrictive” of religious exercise.

The decision was the Court’s recognition that in the case of the HHS contraceptive mandate the government failed to use the “least restrictive means” of providing coverage for certain contraceptives. The Court deliberately said nothing about whether the government had a “compelling interest” in requiring that coverage. In any event, the current debate about ENDA does not focus on its interplay with RFRA, but instead on whether ENDA itself should have any exemption for religious employers – as all prior versions have – and if so, how broad it should be.

Recent clergy announcements
Sunday, July 13, 2014 by Chancery

Bishop Richard J. Malone announced that Father Innocent Onwukwe Diala has been appointed administrator of Mary Immaculate Parish, East Bethany and Pavilion, for a term of five years. Also, Father John Staak, OMI, a religious order priest, has been appointed to a full-time faculty position and member of the Formation Team at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora.

The bishop also announced the first diaconal assignments for the newly ordained permanent deacons. Each assignment is for a term of three years.

Deacon Paul H. Bork has been assigned to diaconal ministry at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Tonawanda, and a ministry of charity at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, Buffalo.

Deacon Charles D. Esposito has been assigned to diaconal ministry at SS. Peter & Paul Parish, Williamsville, and a ministry of charity at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Williamsville.

"Consider this ... Sacred silence"
Friday, July 11, 2014 by Daybreak TV Productions

Sacred silence

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