Made for Love Podcast

Last month's Made for Love episodes were about incarceration: prison ministry and post-incarceration realities for families.

Catholic families suffer separation when one of their members is in prison. What is Catholic prison ministry all about? Today we'll talk with Bishop Wack from the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Bishop Cary of the Diocese of Baker, Fr. Dustin Feddon, of Joseph House, Fr. Michael Carson, who ministered in San Quentin, and Angela Burrin, who ministers at a Maryland women's prison.

When someone comes out of prison, what does the Church do to help them pick up their lives again? Today we'll talk with Bishop Wack from the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee and Fr. Dustin Feddon, of Joseph House, Angela Burrin, who ministers at a Maryland women's prison, and Lindsay Myers.  

U.S. Supreme Court Oral Argument

On October 8, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument about the meaning of "sex" in the nondiscrimination provisions of Title VII. The claim was that the provisions include "sexual orientation" and "gender identity."

The USCCB filed two amicus briefs, one on each issue ( sexual orientation and gender identity ), arguing against the redefinition of the word "sex."

Oral arguments at the Supreme Court are recorded and both transcripts and audio are available to the public .

Our colleague in the Religious Liberty office (Aaron Weldon) hosted a First Freedom podcast all about these cases. 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

Indiana  - Shelly Fitzgerald, a former counselor at a Catholic high school who appeared on "Ellen" last year after her high-profile removal for being in a same-sex relationship, sued the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on October 21st. This is the second such suit by a former counselor of the school, and a third is potentially underway by a school social worker who showed public support for the first two.

Georgia - In a grassroots success, the school district in Pickens County, Georgia, postponed  creating an open bathroom policy after a public meeting on October 14th brought out a large crowd in opposition.

Texas - In a tragic, ongoing custody dispute in Texas involving the "gender transition" of a 7-year-old boy, a jury decided on October 21st to grant sole conservatorship to the mother, clearing the way for medical "transition," but three days later (amid public attention, including the governor's calling for an investigation), the judge ruled  to grant joint conservatorship and decision-making to both parents.