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      USCCB Chairmen Strongly Endorse the Inclusion Act
      WASHINGTON–Three chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gave their strong support for the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2014, which was introduced on July 30 by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) in the U.S. House of Representatives and Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) in the U.S. Senate. In separate letters of support, July 31, to Rep. Kelly and Sen. Enzi, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, and Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development said, “[O]ur first and most cherished freedom, religious liberty, is to be enjoyed by all Americans, including child welfare providers who serve the needs of our most vulnerable – children.”
       
      Commenting on the protections in the Inclusion Act, the chairmen noted that “the Act would prohibit federal and state officials in the administration of federally funded child welfare services from excluding child welfare providers simply because of the providers’ religious beliefs or moral convictions.” 
       
      The chairmen stated that in some places, including Massachusetts, Illinois, California, and the District of Columbia, some religious child welfare providers have been excluded from carrying out adoption and foster care services because the providers believe that children deserve to be placed with a married mother and father. 
       
      The chairmen said, “The Inclusion Act would remedy this unjust discrimination by enabling all providers to serve the needs of parents and children in a manner consistent with the providers’ religious beliefs and moral convictions.” 
       
      Indicating the importance of parental choice, the chairmen remarked, “Indeed, women and men who want to place their children for adoption ought to be able to choose from a diversity of adoption agencies, including those that share the parents’ religious beliefs and moral convictions.”
       
      The chairmen encouraged the colleagues of Rep. Kelly and Sen. Enzi to join as cosponsors of the Inclusion Act, saying, “The freedom to serve in accord with one’s religious beliefs and moral convictions is foundational to religious liberty in our nation.”
       
      The letters of support are available online: www.usccb.org/defenseofmarriage/upload/Ltr-to-Kelly-re-CWPIA.pdf, www.usccb.org/defenseofmarriage/upload/Ltr-to-Enzi-re-CWPIA.pdf

      CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE PROJECT: Responses are now available online at http://www.flaccb.org/CQP/2014/candidates.html. Check these responses to learn where candidates stand on issues important to Catholics!
       
      The Instrumentum Laboris, the agenda of the October 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family, is now posted on the Vatican's website. Entitled, The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization. This document provides a substantive reflection on the major challenges facing the family in the early twenty-first century as well as articulates certain pastoral challenges. Please pray for our bishops as they look forward to the Extraordinary Synod!

      Catholic Charities provides emergency assistance including medication replacement, gift cards for food, and help finding housing. Call 850-436-6425 for emergency assistance.

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      • Aug 1, 2014
        7:00 PM
        Campfire rosary at St. Anne's Bellview. For more information contact Sr. Margaret at 850-435-3523
      • Aug 2, 2014
        8:15 AM - 1:30 PM
        Service at the Alfred Washburn Center, 31 Murphy Lane, Pensacola.
      • Aug 2, 2014
        9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
      • Aug 8-9, 2014
        For more information contact Sr. Margaret Kuntz, 850-435-3523
      • Aug 9, 2014
        10:00 AM
        Pensacola are young adults day at Fort Pickens. For more information contact Sr. Margaret Kuntz at 850-435-3523
      • Aug 10, 2014
        Knights of Columbus Hall, Ft. Walton Bch.
      • Aug 21, 2014
        7:00 PM
        For the Pensacola area. Theology on Tap will be held at Goatlips Deli in Pensacola.
      • Aug 26, 2014
        7:00 PM
        For the Pensacola area. We will be meeting for Bands on the Beach on Pensacola Beach.
      • Sep 1, 2014
        Pastoral Center closed.
      • Sep 6, 2014
        Fall Reflection Morning