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Religious Liberty

On the Horizon – Winter 2009 Viewpoint

The Winter 2009 edition of Viewpoint outlines PCC’s comprehensive list of legislative priorities. Issues cover a wide range of categories: Catholic Education, Religious Liberty,Life and the Dignity of the Human Person, Marriage and Family, Social Justice, Health Care, and more.
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Religious liberty jeopardized by labor relations proposal

House Bill 2626 would amend the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Act to specifically include lay teachers and other employees of religious employers such as Catholic schools. In effect, the bill would force Catholic schools to accept teachers unions and bargain with their representatives.
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Catholic Schools’ Teaching Mission Jeopardized by HB 2626

The Pennsylvania House Labor Relations Committee hosted a hearing on House Bill 2626 on August 18. Constitutional law experts testified today that this bill - which is being pushed by labor unions - will jeopardize the constitutionally protected religious liberty of the Catholic Ch
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House Labor Relations Committee Hearing – August 18, 2009

Below is a transcript of the House Labor Relations Committee Hearing held on August 18, 2008, along with much of the testimony from that day. Hearing Transcript PCC Press Release on Hearing PCC Statement on Hearing Testimony: Dr. Robert J. O’Hara, Jr., Executive Director of the
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Freedom to Choose Non-public Education for Student Athletes

Parents of Catholic schoolchildren won an important victory a few weeks ago with little fanfare. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) defeated a proposal that would have denied students the opportunity to participate in varsity athletics if they transfer to a n
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Diocese of Scranton Responds to House Bill 2626

Over the past year, the Diocese of Scranton has undergone the difficult transition of restructuring its Catholic schools. With change there is always challenge. The conflict that has developed with teachers involved with the Scranton Diocese Association of Catholic Teachers (SDACT) is
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National Expert Explains Why Marriage Is Worth Protecting

Are you a bigot? Most of us would answer no. Same-sex marriage proponents argue there is no morally relevant difference between their relationships and marriage between a husband and wife; to believe otherwise you are a bigot. That is their opinion. But, if same-sex marriages, sometim
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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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