Interesting reads, news and publications by your fellow Shepherds. 

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November 2016

Target Transgender Bathroom Policy – A Bullseye View, April 19, 2016

Target To Build Private Bathrooms – Wall Street Journal, August 18, 2016

June 2016

Saints Who Defend Freedom – Joseph Pronechen

Dear Fathers,

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:

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:

Sincerely in Christ,

Brian MacMichael

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


May 2016

“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


December 2015

Letter to the Editor, Journal Gazette – Dr. John G. Nordling


September 2015

“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

June 2015

“Sanctity of Marriage Ruling” by Dr. Peter Scaer – Concordia Theological Seminary


March 2015

“The Two Shall Become One Flesh: Reclaiming Marriage” – First Things


July 2013

“Shepherds United Speak In Defense of Marriage” – Today’s Catholic


January 2013

“Fort Wayne Clergy Gather As Shepherds United” – 21 Alive

“Shepherds United Statement” – Around Fort Wayne