USCCB Chairmen Respond to ‘Unprecedented and Extreme’ Executive Order

July 21, 2014
WASHINGTON–The bishop-Chairmen of two USCCB Committees responded with great concern to President Obama’s July 21 executive order to prohibit federal government contractors from what the Administration deems “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” discrimination and to forbid “gender identity” discrimination in the employment of federal employees. The problems the bishops identify in the order relate both to the flaws in its core prohibitions, and to its lack of religious freedom protection.

Pope Names Bishop Edgar Da Cunha, S.D.V., Auxiliary Bishop Of Newark, As Bishop Of Fall River, Massachusetts

Pope Francis has named Auxiliary Bishop Edgar da Cunha, S.D.V., of Newark, 60, as Bishop of Fall River, Massachusetts, and accepted the resignation of Bishop George Coleman, 75, from pastoral governance of that diocese. 

The appointment was publicized in Washington, July 3 by Msgr.

Cardnal O'Malley Welcomes Supreme Court Decision on Buffer Zone

Cardinal O’Malley Welcomes Supreme Court Decision Affirming Freedom of Speech for Pro-Life Americans

June 26, 2014

SJC Allows a Casino Repeal Vote

Gambling supporters, opponents mobilizing for prospective referendum in November

The state’s highest court decided Tuesday that a casino repeal measure can appear on the November ballot, touching off a ferocious referendum campaign over one of the most charged issues in a generation and jeopardizing the future of the billion-dollar industry in Massachusetts.

Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Law Struck Down

The nation’s highest court today struck down a Massachusetts law that created buffer zones around abortion clinics.

The US Supreme Court ruled that the state law violated the First Amendment, restricting access to public ways and sidewalks, places that are traditionally open for free debate. The government’s ability to regulate speech in such areas is limited, the justice said in a unanimous decision. 

“The buffer zones burden substantially more speech than necessary to achieve the Commonwealth’s asserted interests,” the court said.