Made for Love Podcast

Last month's Made for Love episodes featured one family's dramatic story of losing everything, and then an episode on praying together as a family. In addition, on All Saints day there was a five-minute "minisode" about Sophie Caldecott's grabbing the attention of Marvel Studio on behalf of her dying father's wish to see Captain America.

What do you do when your Marvel-comic-loving father has 5 weeks to live? Make sure he can see Captain America, of course! Here's Sophie Caldecott sharing how she did just that, getting the attention of Marvel on social media. This is just a five-minute special for All Saints day!

God does not promise us that we will be successful in our worldly endeavors. In fact, many of the saints look like total failures from the outside. Today's episode focuses on one story. This is Frank Fullin, who went through brain surgery while losing his company, savings, and house all at the same time. He and his wife, Jennifer, describe it as "the most spiritually rewarding time of my life."

No one really teaches families how to pray together. They know they should, but they don't necessarily know how. Today we'll hear from some past guests about how they go about praying with their spouse and children. Features Bishop Milan Lach, SJ, Lindsay Schlegal, Dan Meola, David and Kate Dawson, Andy and Sara Sefranek, and Steve and Jacinta Splonkowski.
Podcast about Religious Freedom

Luke Goodrich, vice president and senior counsel at Becket, discusses his new book, Free to Believe: The Battle Over Religious Liberty in America, which helps Christians respond practically to today's challenges to religious freedom.

Our colleague in the Religious Liberty office (Aaron Weldon) hosted a First Freedom podcast with Luke, and some of the conversation has to do with the issues of marriage and sexuality. Listen to it here!
Nature Blog Series

Bridget Groff, intern for the secretariat, is writing a blog series all about the nature of marriage. 
Action Alert

Protect Freedom of Religion and Association on Campus!
The Equal Campus Access Act of 2019 protects ALL students by withholding certain federal funding from public universities that discriminate against religious student groups.  Tell your senators and representatives to support H.R. 3243/S.1168, the Equal Campus Access Act!
Legal/ Policy Updates

U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services - On November 19th, the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services published a proposed regulation that could help protect faith-based adoption and foster care agencies from being forced to place children with same-sex couples. A week prior, on November 13th, a federal court dismissed a lawsuit that had been filed against HHS for granting a waiver from the existing regulation to a Protestant agency.

Unfortunately, a recently finalized regulation meant to enforce conscience rights for health workers who do not want to participate in abortion or sterilizations (including some "gender transition" procedures) was struck down on November 6th by another federal court.

Adoption - On November 4th, the New Hope Family Services pregnancy and adoption center in Syracuse, NY, won temporary emergency relief in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals to prevent their being forced to either place children with same-sex couples or be shut-down.

School Vouchers - On November 14th, a federal court in Maryland denied the state's motion to dismiss Bethel Ministries v. Salmon, a suit brought by a Christian school that the government removed from the voucher program because it inferred the institution's beliefs on marriage amounted to discrimination in admissions.
Driver's Licenses - Washington became the 17th state to allow "X" gender on driver's licenses on November 12th.