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The Hill: Josh Hawley will defend the First Amendment and religious liberty

The Hill: Josh Hawley will defend the First Amendment and religious liberty

By Ashley McGuire Among the crop of newly elected men and women headed to the Senate in 2019, one stands out for his record on religious liberty. Former Missouri Attorney General and Senator-elect Josh Hawley’s (R-Mo.) strong track record defending America’s first freedom can be…

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Philly Inquirer: Religious intolerance at the heart of debate over same-sex foster parents

Philly Inquirer: Religious intolerance at the heart of debate over same-sex foster parents

By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer Wayne Thomas was the answer to 3-year-old Brittany’s prayer more than 25 years ago.  Brittany prayed for someone to play with as she watched the children at the Our Lady of Victory Catholic School playground across from her grandmother’s house in West Philadelphia.  Brittany’s grandmother…

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CNA: A mother’s reflections on the youth synod

CNA: A mother’s reflections on the youth synod

By Grazie Pozo Christie As a Catholic mother of five young people, I have been watching the Youth Synod with great interest and praying for its success. My husband and I have experienced just how difficult it is to transmit a joyful and living faith…

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RealClearReligion: The #MeToo Movement Has Forgotten Asia Bibi

RealClearReligion: The #MeToo Movement Has Forgotten Asia Bibi

By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer October 22, 2018 In the end, the dignity of women lies at the heart of the #metoo movement. Yes, I know that the eerie parades of red-robed “handmaidens,” the mob-ish protests, the wails and shrieks from the Senate gallery of recent weeks are anything…

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CNA: Why I signed the women’s letter to the pope

CNA: Why I signed the women’s letter to the pope

By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer Despite feeling humiliated and betrayed as a faithful Catholic, I am thankful for our summer of shame. I am grateful that a Pennsylvania grand jury revealed decades of clerical sexual abuse in the state, and grateful for the loud public demands for a…

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RealClearPolitics: Protecting Religious Liberty Advances Women’s Causes

RealClearPolitics: Protecting Religious Liberty Advances Women’s Causes

By Ashley McGuire and Andrea Picciotti-Bayer “It is a dangerous time to be a person of faith.” These were the sobering words of Callista Gingrich, U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, at an event sponsored by the Religious Freedom Institute during the first Ministerial to Advance…

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Examiner: How an American Catholic organization has helped persecuted Middle East Christians

Examiner: How an American Catholic organization has helped persecuted Middle East Christians

By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer Most people know that Christians in the Middle East have recently endured severe persecution at the hands of ISIS. But most people don’t know that, for years, a brotherhood of men have been quietly and vigilantly working behind the scenes on behalf…

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Philly Inquirer: Faith-based foster care should not be abandoned

Philly Inquirer: Faith-based foster care should not be abandoned

By Grazie Pozo Christie Child welfare advocates across the country are right to be concerned after a recent court order allowed Philadelphia to suspend its contract with Catholic Social Services, a faith-based foster care agency. It is yet another example of the growing trend in America…

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WSJ: The Controversial Text That Saved Me

WSJ: The Controversial Text That Saved Me

By Ashley McGuire I first read “Humanae Vitae”—which Pope Paul VI published 50 years ago July 29—when I was 21. As a senior at Tufts University, hardly a bastion of Christian belief, sheer curiosity brought me to the controversial papal encyclical. I knew only that…

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Washington Times: Brett Kavanaugh’s priorities are faith and family

Washington Times: Brett Kavanaugh’s priorities are faith and family

By Ashley McGuire and Andrea Picciotti-Bayer – – Tuesday, July 17, 2018 President Trump just introduced to the nation his nominee for the next justice on the U.S. Supreme Court: Brett Kavanaugh. Judge Kavanaugh then introduced the nation to someone perhaps a bit unexpected: Monsignor John Enzler. In a short and…

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