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Group Of Catholics Protests Political Views Of Catholic Church - CBS Baltimore

Group Of Catholics Protests Political Views Of Catholic Church - CBS Baltimore | Aspect 2:  Separation of Church and State | Scoop.it
Same-sex marriage, abortion and contraceptives. America's Catholic bishops have taken a strong stand opposing each. They were asked by other Catholics to stop mixing those positions with politics.
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Sydney Pribanic's comment, March 29, 2013 6:50 PM
Catholics in Maryland wanted the bishops to keep their same-sex marriage opinions out of politics. The Baltimore Archbishop William Lori spoke out about the issue when he said "Help us defend marriage. Foster family life in a time of cultural confusion." The Catholics ended up outside of a Baltimore hotel where the bishops were meeting with a 25,000 signature petition in hand.
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Catholic Church vs. Obama in Election Year Showdown

Catholic Church vs. Obama in Election Year Showdown | Aspect 2:  Separation of Church and State | Scoop.it
(Image Credit: Charles Dharapak/AP Photo) The most recent showdown between Roman Catholic Church leaders and the Obama administration over contraceptive services threatens to alienate the president’s liberal religious supporters at a time when...
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The Roman Catholic Church

The Roman Catholic Church | Aspect 2:  Separation of Church and State | Scoop.it
The Roman Catholic Church was virtually the only Christian church in the former Western Roman Empire until the Protestant Reformation.
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Sydney Pribanic's comment, March 23, 2013 12:34 PM
Specifically, the first Catholic penetration of the colonies took place in 1634 in Maryland. Orininally, these Catholics were under the moral control of the Vicar Apostolic of London, the bishop of England. Eventually, it was hard for them to stay under his control because of the American Revolution. John Carroll was an early Catholic who wanted reform. Carroll was a part of the Superior of Catholic Missions in the United States. He wrote a letter to Rome in 1785 about the separation of church and state. The down sides of the church's influence on the state were outlined in this letter. In 1791 John Carroll was appointed Bishop of Baltimore after receiving his wish: Rome's approval.
Sydney Pribanic's comment, March 23, 2013 12:44 PM
With John F. Kennedy's election into the United States presidency came both Catholic influence in policy and worry from protestants. Discrimination against Catholics was no longer felt by the protective bishops. The Pope John XXIII backed the Catholics in their "social and political platform." The Vatican II also supported the America Catholic's political beliefs.
Sydney Pribanic's comment, March 23, 2013 12:51 PM
Non-Catholics in America feared the Catholic influence during the Kennedy presidency. They believed the pope would have a say in American policy. In an effort to dissipate this fear, in 1960 John F. Kennedy gave a speech to the Greater Houston MInisterial Association in which he said, "I believe in America where the separation of church and state is absolute; where no Catholic prelate would tell the president-should he be Catholic-how to act, and not Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote..." This did not rid America of all it's fear, however.
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President Eisenhower signs "In God We Trust" into law — History.com This Day in History — 7/30/1956

President Eisenhower signs "In God We Trust" into law — History.com This Day in History — 7/30/1956 | Aspect 2:  Separation of Church and State | Scoop.it
On this day in 1956, two years after pushing to have the phrase "under God" inserted into the pledge of allegiance, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a law officially declaring "In God We Trust" to be the nation s official motto.
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Sydney Pribanic's comment, March 13, 2013 10:06 AM
President Dwight D. Eisenhower enacted the "In God We Trust" motto on July 30, 1956. The phrase was put on all bills that the U.S. printed. Previously, "In God We Trust" had also been seen on U.S. coins. The reason for this is during the Civil War, when religious belief in this country had reached a peak. The historical association of the U.S. Treasury has cited that reason. Specifically, it was George Humphrey, treasury secretary, who led the push to put this phrase on paper currency in 1956.
Sydney Pribanic's comment, March 13, 2013 10:08 AM
*during the Civil War, religious belief in this country had reached a peak.
Sydney Pribanic's comment, March 13, 2013 10:14 AM
President Eisenhower addressed the question of why he wanted to put "Under God" in the pledge of allegiance. During is 1954 Flag Day speech, he said "In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource in peace and war." 1957 is when the phrase was actually printed on the paper currency, and it has met opposition since. People do not think it is constitutional with the "Separation of Church and State" clause.
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Catholic Bishops Now Oppose Violence Against Women Act ...

Catholic Bishops Now Oppose Violence Against Women Act ... | Aspect 2:  Separation of Church and State | Scoop.it
Once upon a time, the USCCB produced a pastoral statement on domestic violence that opened with this sentence: "As pastors of the Catholic Church in the. ...
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Times Poll: American Catholics at Odds With Vatican on Many Teachings

Times Poll: American Catholics at Odds With Vatican on Many Teachings | Aspect 2:  Separation of Church and State | Scoop.it
American Catholics want the next Pope to liberalize the church s position on issues such as birth control, ordaining women, and allowing priests to marry, a new poll has discovered.
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Sydney Pribanic's comment, March 12, 2013 10:07 AM
Another popular issue being explored is whether women should be allowed to be priests. Sixty-nine percent of Catholics believe that this opportunity should be available to women. This percentage also said that priests should be able to get married. Others (fifty-six percent) want to keep the pope's opposition to abortion going. These people believe that a person can still be a good Catholic regardless of whether they agree with the church on every issue. Many Catholics' beliefs do not correlate with what the church says. On the gay marriage front, which Catholicism is against, sixty-two percent of Catholics think it should be legalized. Regarding abortion, seventy-four percent of people can see exceptions where abortion should be allowed. Another belief that Catholic's have that conflicts with the church is that the death penalty should be allowed (sixty-one percent).
Sydney Pribanic's comment, March 12, 2013 10:15 AM
Most Catholics (seventy percent) think that the sex abuse scandal is not being dealt with well. Specifically the cover-ups seem to be the largest issue dealing with the church. Catholics are beginning to question the Vatican because of the scandal and cover-ups. A majority of Catholic's do not see a difference in teh way sex abuse scandal is being handled (forty-five percent). A smaller amount of Catholics have recently noticed any improvements (thirty-nine percent). Building off the leadership of the church, some Catholics believe the pope has been detrimental to the Catholic church (twelve percent). A larger twenty-six percent of people think the pope has actually made the Catholic church look better.
Sydney Pribanic's comment, March 12, 2013 10:18 AM
A final issue that is important is what the next pope is expected to bring to the table. A small amount of Catholics (twelve percent) want him to focus on recruiting more people into the faith. Others (nine percent) want to see a new spin on the church, or an advancement. Unity is the church, breaking up the divisions, is an important issue to eight percent of Catholics. And finally, an improvement to the handling of sex abuse scandals is what eight percent of Catholics want the new pope to focus on.
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Church and state in France and the United States - Washington Post (blog)

Church and state in France and the United States - Washington Post (blog) | Aspect 2:  Separation of Church and State | Scoop.it
Church and state in France and the United States
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The first two refer to secularism's main goals :1) liberty of conscience as a public right, 2) non-discrimination against citizens on the basis of their religion.
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Catholic Church mixes it up with politics

Catholic Church mixes it up with politics | Aspect 2:  Separation of Church and State | Scoop.it
Nobody is surprised that Catholic officialdom opposes gay marriage. It's how it's involving the whole operation, top to bottom, in a political campaign.
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Sydney Pribanic's comment, March 29, 2013 3:33 PM
Because of the Catholic opinion on gay marriage, the Catholic Church was set to collect political petition signatures at mass. This petitioning was approved by Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain. He wanted to make the petition part of all local church services.
Sydney Pribanic's comment, March 29, 2013 3:44 PM
People did not respond well. A citizen of Seattle, Barbara Guzzo said, "The whole thing is very disturbing.." Guzzo created a group against this petitioning. Churches run the risk of being taxed if they run political campaigns. However, there is a loop-hole: they can run initiative and referendum campaigns. This just means that the church can lobby for an upcoming law one way or another. The petitions fall under that category.
Sydney Pribanic's comment, March 29, 2013 3:50 PM
The director of the Washington State Catholic Conference, Dominican Sister Sharon Park, was against the petitioning. She said "I don't think the church should be involved at this level of politics, but especially on an issue like this." According to the article, the Catholic Church also wants to completely rid itself of same-sex marriage issues. According to a confidential strategy memo found the Seattle group would try making children who have been negatively affected by homosexual parents speak on camera.
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Separation Of Church And State

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Separation Of Church And State - Understand the concept of the Establishment Clause in the context of the time and the framers of the constitution.
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Sydney Pribanic's comment, March 23, 2013 7:39 PM
According to the Constitution, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." There are two specific clauses that restrict the governments ability to involve themselves in religion: the free exercise clause and the establishment clause. Because of these clauses, the only thing religion is not allowed to do is "become a state religion."
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Separation of Church and State: A First Amendment Primer

Separation of Church and State: A First Amendment Primer | Aspect 2:  Separation of Church and State | Scoop.it
The right to freedom of religion is so central to American democracy that it was enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution along with other fundamental rights such as freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
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Pledge of Allegiance topic of controversy for mentioning God

Pledge of Allegiance   topic of controversy for mentioning God | Aspect 2:  Separation of Church and State | Scoop.it
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Sydney Pribanic's comment, March 13, 2013 10:24 AM
In 2002, the insertion of "Under God" into the pledge of allegiance wad deemed unconstitutional from a 2-1 decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The problems that people had included a violation of the separation of church and state clause. Endorsing religion was the main issue. This was brought to the 9th Circuit court by Michael Newdow. He did not want his second-grade daughter to have to say "Under God" because he was an atheist. As a University Law School alum, he knew much to effectively file a good law suit.
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Religion and political affiliation | National Catholic Reporter

Religion and political affiliation | National Catholic Reporter | Aspect 2:  Separation of Church and State | Scoop.it
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Sydney Pribanic's comment, March 11, 2013 10:34 AM
The frequency of mass attendance was also accounted for in this survey. The main reason for not attending mass more often was a startling no response for fifty percent of the people. Forty-five percent of Democrats and thirty-three percent of Republicans said that they had family responsibilities. A thirty-eight to forty-five percent ration of Democrats to Republicans cited the reason being that they were not very religious. Specifically because of boring and unnecessary Masses, bad sermons, and business. All of this has a correlation with the fact that "two-thirds of American Catholics have only a medium level of commitment to the church when measured by our commitment index." In the course of five surveys, this level has remained constant.
Sydney Pribanic's comment, March 11, 2013 1:11 PM
There are eight recent issues that bishops have talked about that are shown in the survey. A majority of Republicans supported the bishops' opposition to the health care bill of 2010 (sixty-eight percent). A minority of Democrats supported this opposition (forty-two percent). On the issue of same sex marriage, Republicans (with sixty three percent) were more favorable than Democrats (forty-four percent). Immigration reform efforts by the bishops were also supported. A larger amount of government money for health care for poor children was supported by eighty-nine percent of Republicans and sixty eight percent of Democrats. Republicans want more funds for the military )sixty-three percent), while Democrats are with the bishops in support of fewer funds (fifty percent).
Sydney Pribanic's comment, March 11, 2013 1:15 PM
Generally, the bishops' opposition to nuclear weapons funding receives support from both parties. However, both parties disagree with the bishops' standing on no death penalty. The Democrats do not want to cut back on welfare for the poor, while the Republicans (seventy percent) do.
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My Interview with Sister Ann Marie conducted on February 28, 2013. 

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How do you think the Catholic following has influenced politics in America?
• Males dominate the political atmosphere and the Catholic atmosphere. They tend toward policies that benefit them.
• The hierarchy tried to fix birth control and healthcare issues.
• Religion really isn’t in politics than much.
How much control do you think the Catholic Church has on laws and policy in American historically? A lot of control or not a lot?
• 50 years ago there was this program being started called the Vatican Two. It was reevaluating Catholic policy to try and fix things. It was trying to educate the Sisters so they would have informed consciences in the field. But that ended abruptly and we want to get back to that.
• Not a lot of power on laws.
Do you think Catholic control over government policy has been rising or diminishing in politics, and as a result of what?
• It is diminishing.
• Politicians are twisting the church for their own benefit.
• They have to trust people to be informed.
• The bishops have a strong leadership, but sometimes they go out of bounds with how much influence they have. This is a problem.
How do you think the Catholic following in America has changed in response to recent sex abuse scandals such as Cardinal Roger Mahony’s?
• America is starting to pay attention more now.
• They are shocked because they trusted these people in charge.
• They (the people) are being told what to do and it isn’t right.
• People who already left the church just got an affirmation.
• The church needs to reevaluate the leadership to see the truth.
• The church cannot be rehabilitated because the conspiracy in the leadership is detrimental.
Do you think the Vatican is hiding important information/secrets that could be detrimental to the health of the Catholic Church? If so, what kind of secrets?
• The sex scandals are coming out and all.
• The secrets would be hidden within the hierarchy, but they are coming out.
• During the fall of last year the hierarchy was dead set against the sisters.
o They accused them of being ultra-feminist and there were investigations done.
o The pope went back to the founders and said the sisters should be allowed to do what they want, dress normally if they choose. He said they were meeting the needs of God’s people and he was happy with the nuns.
o There was still denial because they thought the nuns were all feminists.
Which pope do you think had the largest influence on Catholic policy, and why?
• Pope John the twenty third.
• He was 80 years old so he couldn’t do that much damage.
• It was his idea to make the Vatican 2.
o He said used the term ajordamento. This meant opening windows to the modern world. His work should have been continued.
• He believed women could intuit more than men could.
Do you think the Vatileaks leaked by the Pope’s butler have had an impact on public opinion, or do you think they were disregarded, and why?
• She believes he was forced to leave because he felt he needed to resign.
• He felt guilty because he wanted to be a policy changer.
• It goes back to the Vatican Two. He was not listening to the Holy Spirit before. And he had a conscience. That’s what made him resign.
Why do you think the Vatican chose to exclude some books from the bible? Are they hoping to hide something?
• The bishops decided to exclude some books.
• Different books tell different stories.
• Books are suspected to mentions higher roles for women, and the bishops didn’t like that.
• Scripture scholars are receiving more opportunities to study these books now.
• They should not leave things out of the bible like that.
What policies do you think Catholic politicians tend to support?
• It is male dominated.
o They don’t like abortion and they are against Obamacare
 Women should be able to make up their own minds.
 You cannot just make black and white rules; it is not that simple.
o John Boehner and Paul Ryan are Catholic.
• The men make policies based on their own agenda, not everyone else’s.
Why do you think there are so few Catholic politicians? Specifically presidents.
• There are actually more than you think. More than a quarter are Catholic.
o Paul Ryan and John Boehner.
• Kennedy broke the presidency mold. It was in 1960 and people believed he would be the pope’s puppet. He proved them wrong. He kept up the separation of church and state.
• Biden is against Obamacare and he is trouble. He thinks Obamacare went after hip and it is not fair. He just twists the story.
• There is a governor Mario Cuomo. He took a lot of trouble for taking an abortion stance. That really changed how the election went. He lost trust.
• It is a trust issue. People need to know who to trust.
• There is a great denial of the scandals that are occurring the Holy Spirit is pulling it out from under the rug.
• Things do need to come out.
o The policy from 50 years ago needs to be reinstated. The Holy Spirit is missing from all these men of power.
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• Women are trying to make a difference. A woman was shot by the Taliban for advocating for rights. Maomar put women under house arrest.
• Women sacrifice for the greater good, for the common good.
• Hilary Clinton and women like her do good things.
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EJ Dionne Jr. / Polarization of church and state - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

EJ Dionne Jr. / Polarization of church and state - Pittsburgh Post Gazette | Aspect 2:  Separation of Church and State | Scoop.it
EJ Dionne Jr. / Polarization of church and state Pittsburgh Post Gazette The Roman Catholic Church and the American political system have something in common: Both are divided into factions that neither trust nor understand each other, and both...
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