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Sanctuary Cities Revisited

The phrases 'religious liberty' and 'religious freedom' will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia or any form of intolerance. - US Commission on Civil Rights Chairman, Martin Castro There it is, folks -- the official position of [...]

By |2019-11-21T22:00:16-05:00September 17th, 2016|Categories: News and Commentary, Spirit & Life Newsletter|Tags: , |

Religious Freedom this Memorial Day

After decades of catastrophic birth rates -- the consequence of birth control and abortion, disdain for the natural family, the rejection of God and natural law, and population decline paralleled by an aging society -- Europe is facing a cultural, demographic, and economic crisis. This does not only impact the [...]

The Consequences of a Lawless Decision

When the Obergefell v. Hodges decision was announced, HLI's statement reflected the obvious consequences that would follow, and that we are now seeing play out with an innocent county clerk being thrown in jail. At the time I said: Leaders of the March for Marriage in Washington, DC, April [...]

Silencing the Voices of the Faithful in Health Care

Religious liberty provides for the free exercise of one’s faith in every aspect of life. This freedom is far more extensive than merely having the freedom to attend the worship service of choice.  Truly living one’s faith means that family life, professional life, leisure activities, as well as spiritual practices [...]

Prelude to a Persecution?

On Wednesday morning the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child published its Concluding Observations concerning the Catholic Church’s treatment of children. In this widely-denounced document (see HLI’s statement here), the Committee chastises the Church for supposedly ignoring or refusing the rights of children. It called for the [...]

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HHS Mandate Not the Only Threat to Religious Freedom

While the Health and Human Services (HHS) contraception/sterilization/abortifacient mandate is often the focus of those concerned with current threats to religious freedom in the U.S., there have been several recent court cases involving the Catholic Church which also look to undermine our First Amendment rights. Three female teachers – a [...]

By |2020-01-31T21:14:03-05:00June 21st, 2013|Categories: News and Commentary|Tags: , , |

The Task Before Us Post-Election: Bring Christ to the World

With a few days' perspective since the election, we can see things a bit more clearly. We should be honest about the situation for the pro-life community as we can best understand it. The outcome of Tuesday's election does not bode well for life and family -- that is, for [...]

By |2020-01-30T21:14:51-05:00November 13th, 2012|Categories: News and Commentary, Spirit & Life Newsletter|Tags: , |
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Father West: Obamacare Needs to be Repealed

Father Peter West, vice president for missions at Human Life International, made the following comments on the Supreme Court steps Thursday following the Court’s decision on Obamacare: I’m Father Peter West. I work at Human Life International. We are pro-life missionaries to the world. And we defend life, faith and [...]

By |2020-01-29T14:45:45-05:00June 28th, 2012|Categories: News and Commentary|Tags: , , , , |
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HLI President: Don’t Let Anyone Take Away Your Religious Freedom

HLI President Father Shenan J. Boquet was a featured speaker at the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally held on June 8, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Transcript of the speech follows. See pictures of the event here. I’d like to begin this afternoon by using a quote [...]

By |2020-01-29T14:31:49-05:00June 11th, 2012|Categories: News and Commentary|Tags: , , |