In addition, bishops in the U.S. are preaching on the anniversary and/or sharing little snippets about them at our #HV50 YouTube page.
Humanae Vitae is also the theme for this year's observation of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week (July 22- 28), so there will be lots of social media posts surrounding that on the main USCCB pages.
The USCCB supports the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, which would ensure that faith-based adoption and/or foster care agencies will not be discriminated against based on their conviction that children ought to be placed in homes with a married mother and a father.
Recent state battles, in Kansas and Oklahoma, have highlighted the need for federal protection in this area. The Chairmen of the USCCB's Committees on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Religious Liberty, and the Promotion and Defense of Marriage urged this legislation in a letter with ecumenical and interfaith partners, then issued a joint statement on the passage of these state bills.
The big news last month (June 4) was the decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case that was before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case was about a cake artist who declined to create a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony. The Supreme Court ruled 7 to 2 in favor of the baker. Here is the opinion of the Court. Three USCCB Chairmen reacted to the decision in a statement on June 4.
The other news from the Supreme Court is that the case of the florist in Washington State (Barronelle Stutzman) who declined to design arrangements for a same-sex ceremony has been sent back to the Washington Supreme Court to be reconsidered in light of the Cakeshop decision.
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