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Marriage and Family

Checking the Mirrors: A Legislative Year in Review

This time of year, it is fitting to look back – to check the mirrors, so to speak, before looking ahead.In 2007, these issues grabbed headlines. Health Care Perhaps the most emotionally charged issue of 2007 was HB 288, the Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies Act. The
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Sexuality and Public Policy

Many people are embarrassed to talk about sexuality, yet our culture surrounds us with references, jokes and outright displays of sexual behavior. The media portrays sex as recreational and impersonal, and homosexuality as “not that there’s anything wrong with it.”Se
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The Question of Religious Freedom

Each year in July, we get a day off to celebrate our country – the land of the free and home of the brave; but what is freedom? In particular, what is religious freedom? When asked this question, most of us think of the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights of the United States
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Never Say “Never”

Never say “never.” We’ve all heard that one before. Religious liberty was once sacrosanct in the public policy debate. Many laws included a conscience exception to preserve constitutional integrity. It was absurd to think a law would compel a person to do something a
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The Marriage Debate

The Pennsylvania Legislature will vote on a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union between one man and one woman in the coming weeks. Opponents claim it denies same sex and unmarried heterosexual couples legal benefits for pensions, health insurance, hospital vi
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Protecting Marriage – Spring 2006 Viewpoint

The Spring 2006 edition of Viewpoint includes a special statement by the Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania on marriage and other information about PCC’s efforts to pass the Pennsylvania Marriage Protection Amendment.
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Protecting Marriage in Pennsylvania

Over the years and across cultures and very different religious beliefs, marriage has been and is the foundation of the family. The family, in turn, is the basic unit of society. Thus, marriage is a personal relationship with public significance. Catholic doctrine teaches that marriag
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