Pope Francis: The family is an icon of the Triune God

    Pope Francis: Dear Brothers and Sisters: Today we conclude our catechesis on the sacraments with the sacrament of Matrimony, which brings us to the very heart of God’s loving plan for the human family. The Triune God created us – men and women – in his image and calls us to mirror the mystery of his love. Married couples carry out this vocation in a full and definitive communion of life. As ‘one flesh,’ they become living icons of God’s love in our world, building up the Church in unity and fidelity. Christian marriage also reflects the mystery of Christ’s own faithful and sacrificial love for his body, the Church. Christian spouses thus receive a special consecration and a special mission. While a noble vocation, marriage is not an easy one: it must constantly be strengthened by a living relationship with the Lord through prayer: mornings and evenings, at meals, in the recitation of the Rosary, and above all through the Sunday Eucharist. Today let us pray for all families, especially those experiencing difficulties, so that by God’s mercy they can always be joyful models of faith, love and generous service in our communities.


  • Posted: 04/02/2014
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  • Category: Global: Marriage and Family
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  • Source: www.vatican.va

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European Parliament President: “Cut aid to African countries with anti-gay laws”

Canadian court certifies class action against Anglican boarding school for abuse of students

Pakistan: Hindu community demands religious freedom, protection

Upcoming election in India brings fear, insecurity for Christians amid unrelenting persecution | ASSIST

Canada: PQ vows to use Charter protection for religious ban

Social conservatives are mobilizing in France, leading to talk of a tea party

Denmark prohibits ritual Jewish or Muslim cattle butcher

UK: Street preacher held by Police for 19 hours gets £13,000

Mexico City looks to set the pace in Latin America on same-sex “marriage”

In UK, state has eviscerated marriage and society must rebuild it

“An anti-gay marriage tea party, French style?”

Peter Berger: French movement against same-sex “marriage” focuses on rights of children

Australian same-sex couples can “marry” in UK consulates from June

Britain set to hold first same-sex “weddings”

UK: Northumberland County Council mulls student transport for religious purposes

Austin Ruse: What makes a hate group according to the SPLC?

David Cameron “to oppose assisted suicide vote”

UK: Doctor faces court on abortion drug

Pakistani gets death penalty for blasphemy

Bruce Frohnen: Making religion illegal in Denmark

Pope tells Obama of concern for “religious freedom” in United States

Kenyan Christian leaders oppose polygamy bill

Al Qaeda-linked Islamists capture Syrian Christian village

“I’m stunned and horrified” – North Korean Christian tells MPs of their persecution

The abortion body-burning scandal: facing the truth of a throwaway culture

The Council of Europe’s draft document on sects

Australia: “Parents group offended by religion teacher’s blog criticising gays”

Canada: Harper says he will “respect” Supreme Court’s blocking of Nadon

Russell Crowe film Noah banned in Indonesia

Finland: Summer hymn singing in schools may be forbidden

Global symposium aims to educate media on religious liberty | Catholic News Agency

“Biden links Russia’s anti-gay laws to incursion into Ukraine”

Has The Law Society enshrined sharia law in the UK?

Aborted babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals

Canada: Conservatives won’t rule out another attempt to reappoint Nadon

Egyptian court sentences 529 Brotherhood members to death

UN Human Rights Council adopts resolution on religious freedom

    United Nations: “In a resolution (A/HRC/25/L.19) on freedom of religion or belief, adopted without a vote, the Council condemns all forms of violence, intolerance and discrimination in the name of religion or belief as well as any advocacy of religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence; also condemns violence and acts of terrorism, which are increasing in number; urges States to ensure that their constitutional and legislative systems provide adequate and effective guarantees of freedom of thought, conscience and religion or belief; to make use of the potential of education for the eradication of prejudices against and stereotypes of individuals on their religion or belief; and requests the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief to report annually to the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly.”


  • Posted: 03/22/2014
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.un.org

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Australia city council calls for end of pro-life protests outside clinic

Canada: “Catholic school student takes complaint of gay discrimination to human rights tribunal”

Christian converts in Laos told to leave faith or face expulsion

UK: Pornographic sites should protect kids or be prosecuted, MPs warn

David Cameron: Sex-selective abortion is “appalling practice”

Volunteers ready to help patients if assisted suicide becomes law in Scotland

Christian Indonesian prays for end to Malaysian sharia court nightmare

British court drops ex-Mormon suit against church

George Marlin: The persecuted church 2013

Rabbi Sacks: The relevance of the Bible for law and ethics in society today (audio/video)

    RabbiSacks.org: “What was it about the Judeo-Christian ethic that led the West to develop market economics, democratic politics, human rights and the free society? The lecture will look at seven aspects of biblical ethics, each of which played a part in this development: human dignity, freedom and responsibility; an ethic of guilt rather than shame; the family as the matrix of virtue, love as the basis of ethics and covenant as the basis of society. It will argue that all seven are currently under threat, and that the Bible remains an important voice in the public conversation about ethics and law.”


  • Posted: 03/20/2014
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.rabbisacks.org

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UK Justice Minister: Only secular weddings should have legal status

Ukrainian Catholics experiencing “total persecution” in Crimea

Delhi High Court questions government policy on religious coins

Freedom of religion in Egypt no better under military rule

    Al-Monitor: “After June 30, 2013, many people thought that the end of Muslim Brotherhood rule would bring about military-enforced secularism, or more religious and personal freedom. Instead, they are slowly finding out that the new state is very similar to the old state and employing the same — if not worse — tactics against said freedoms. The Islamists may no longer be in power, but religious despotism seems to be alive and well in the land of the Nile.”


  • Posted: 03/19/2014
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.al-monitor.com

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Secretary Kerry: “US to send scientists to discuss homosexuality with Ugandan president”

The Catholic Church and human trafficking

Scottish charity regulator will not appeal ruling in favor of Catholic adoption society

Global Freedom Network founded by Catholics, Anglicans, Muslims to end trafficking

L. Gordon Crovitz: America’s Internet surrender

Peter Berger: What is religious freedom good for?

No automatic right to leave for moms in EU using surrogates

Nigel Farage: Ukip would strip Christian weddings of legal status

Lev Tahor children remain with parents ahead of Guatemalan court hearing

Israel: Court slams Knesset for failing to regulate circumcision

Canada: Supreme Court to rule Friday on Nadon’s appointment

A Comparative Analysis of Laws Pertaining to Same-Sex Unions

The Virtues of Law in the Politics of Religious Freedom | Journal of Law and Religion

    Berger, Benjamin L., The Virtues of Law in the Politics of Religious Freedom (2013). Journal of Law and Religion, Vol. 29, No. 3, 2014, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2409224

    The moral force and capacity for inspiration of both religion and politics alike arise in part from the sense that they authentically map the world as we find it, yielding claims about how it should be. This paper asks what role we might imagine for law in this “hyper-real” world of religion and politics, arguing that law can display distinctive virtues linked to its capacity for strategic agnosticism about the real. Applying Sunstein’s idea of “incompletely theorized agreements” to the politics of religious freedom, the paper examines the role of law as a tool of adhesion in two very different constitutional settings – Canada and Israel – and argues for modesty as a functional virtue in law and legal process. Viewed in this way, law draws its worth from its tolerance for ambiguity, its sub-theoretical nature, and its pragmatic proceduralism, seeking to sustain political community in the presence of normative diversity, rather than speaking truth to difference.


  • Posted: 03/18/2014
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Canadian teachers fight government’s religious gag order | WORLD

Talking God: The Legitimacy of Religious Public Reasoning

International Christian School in China bans faculty same-sex relationships

Christians beheaded by extremists in Somalia

Case of German home-school family cause for celebration and concern | National Catholic Register

UK: Legalizing euthanasia would be only the start of our experiment

USCIRF: Blasphemy law use on rise, led by Pakistan

Pew Research: Worldwide, many see belief in God as essential to morality

Iraqi bill to legalize child marriage criticized

UK: House of Commons chapel will not be used for same-sex “marriages”