Interesting reads, news and publications by your fellow Shepherds.
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Target Transgender Bathroom Policy – A Bullseye View, April 19, 2016
Target To Build Private Bathrooms – Wall Street Journal, August 18, 2016
Saints Who Defend Freedom – Joseph Pronechen
The USCCB initiative “Fortnight for Freedom,” developed to highlight the importance of religious freedom, is again being observed from June 21 (the vigil of the feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More) to July 4 (Independence Day).
Please find attached two documents with related homiletic notes and suggestions from the USCCB – the first for the weekday Masses during the Fortnight, and the other for the two Sundays (June 26 and July 3).
In addition, please visit the USCCB’s Fortnight for Freedom website, which includes a number of new materials: www.fortnight4freedom.org
Scroll down and you will see new potential one-page bulletin inserts entitled “Witnesses to Freedom,” about the “lives of more than 14 women and men of faith, from all over the world, who bear witness to authentic freedom in Christ.”
In addition there is a new 10-minute video entitled “The Right to Religious Freedom,” which explains Church teaching on religious freedom from Dignitatis Humanae and highlighting current challenges to religious freedom, including the HHS mandate and global religious persecution. The video can be viewed here: http://bcove.me/lc1hdfjc
Sincerely in Christ,
Office of Worship
Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Obama Appoints Transgender Adviser – The Daily Signal
“This article points out that President Obama has appointed a transgender “woman” to his team of advisors on faith-based issues, as well as a Baha’i and a Seikh.
You can imagine the kind of advice he is getting on how to relate to the church, when his advice is coming from non-Christian religions and a man who decided at 54 years old to start coming to work in dresses.” – Pastor Steve Jones
Report: To Divorce-Proof Yourself, Don’t Have Premarital Sex – The Federalist
The LGBT Movement Will Not Self Destruct – The Federalist
Canadian Conservatives Give Approval For Same Sex Marriage – The Christian Times
Loving Ones We Cannot Keep – Aubrie Drayer
“Why You Should Stop Using the Word Gender” – The Federalist
Loveless Sex Addicts: a Gay Man Critiques His Community – The Federalist
Protodeacon Michael Myers response to Berger – First Things
Can also be found here about 2/3 down the page.
Protecting Your Ministry – Alliance Defending Freedom
Letter to the Editor, Journal Gazette – Dr. John G. Nordling
“Court Has Ruled, But Conversation on Gay Marriage Must Continue” by Dr. Peter Scaer – News Sentinel LTE
The Bible, The Church and Homosexuality – Family Research Council
“Sanctity of Marriage Ruling” by Dr. Peter Scaer – Concordia Theological Seminary
“The Two Shall Become One Flesh: Reclaiming Marriage” – First Things
“Shepherds United Speak In Defense of Marriage” – Today’s Catholic
“Shepherds United Statement” – Around Fort Wayne