Marriage and Family

Refuge Denied or Compassion Delivered?

In May 1939, hundreds of Jewish men, women and children boarded the ocean liner St. Louis in their native Germany to flee Hitler’s regime. The refugees were bound for Cuba to await their time when quotas for German immigrants would allow them into the United States. After many days at
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Summer camps, Catholic summer camps

Camp St. Andrew: Building Character and Self-Esteem for Pennsylvania’s Youth

Camp St. Andrew serves the youth of northeastern Pennsylvania by offering fun-filled outdoor activities while building character, developing leadership skills and establishing life-long friendships. Located in Tunkhannock, Camp St. Andrew is run by the Diocese of Scranton’s Catholic S
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PCC Supports Inclusion Act

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference supports H.R. 5285, the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2014, also called The Inclusion Act. At the heart of The Inclusion Act is this simple question: should our government be limiting the number of agencies working on behalf of children i
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Down Syndrome Pennsylvania

Governor Corbett Signs Down Syndrome Education Act

Facing the prospect of raising a child with Down syndrome may seem overwhelming for many parents. The unanswered questions and worries may overshadow the realization of the child’s dignity and humanity. The Down Syndrome Prenatal and Postnatal Education Act, also called “Chloe&#
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Marriage Appeal Denied By Supreme Court

The effort by Clerk of Orphan’s Court Theresa Santai Gaffney to pursue intervention to appeal the Whitewood decision had proceeded to the Supreme Court.  Her petition to the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay of the Whitewood decision was denied on July 9th by Justice Alito, who is respons
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PCHA Supports Safe Haven Expansion

UPDATE: House Bill 1090 was passed by both chambers of the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Tom Corbett on July 2, 2014. The Pennsylvania Catholic Health Association (PCHA) and the PCC support House Bill 1090, legislation that would amend the Newborn Protection Act. HB
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The Clerk of the Orphan’s Court and Marriage Explained

On June 10, 2014, the Clerk of the Orphan’s Court of Schuylkill County, Theresa Santai Gaffney, filed a motion to intervene in the Whitewood v. Wolf court case that declared unconstitutional the law defining marriage between one man and one woman. Gaffney is seeking intervention
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USCCB Invites Pope Francis to Attend the World Meeting of Families

From the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Yesterday at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) spring plenary meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, the bishops articulated their collective support for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 by approving
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Schuylkill County Clerk Files Motion to Intervene in Marriage Lawsuit

Theresa Santai Gaffney, Clerk of the Orphan’s Court of Schuylkill County, filed a Motion to Intervene in Whitewood v. Wolf, the case in which federal District Judge John E. Jones, III declared unconstitutional the Commonwealth’s longstanding definition of marriage as between one man a
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