Pope requests prayers for trip to Switzerland, recalls June is month of the Sacred Heart (Vatican Press Office) Following his June 20 general audience, the Pope requested prayers for his ecumenical pilgrimage to Geneva, blessed papal crowns that that will be placed on the image of Our Lady of Czestochowa in a Polish basilica, and recalled that “in June, popular piety makes us pray more fervently the Sacred Heart of Jesus. May that Merciful Heart teach you to love without asking for anything in return, and support you in the most difficult choices in life.”
Bishops criticize Canadian Supreme Court decision against Christian law school (CCCB) “The decision by the Court effectively means that provincial law societies can discriminate against lawyers on the basis of their religious affiliation and moral values,” the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops said following a decision upholding denialing of accreditation to a Christian law school. LGBT groups had complained that Trinity Western University’s covenant, in which students pledge to refrain from “sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman,” is discriminatory.
Archbishop Gomez denounces 'inhumanity of our government's policies' on immigration (@ArchbishopGomez) In a series of over 20 tweets on June 19, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, the USCCB’s vice president, strongly criticized the Trump administration’s recent immigration enforcement measures. Speaking of “child internment camps,” he said, “I cannot believe this is happening in our country ... We are now a nation where #ZeroTolerance means no mercy. We seem proud 2 announce that we will no longer grant asylum to victims of domestic abuse & gang violence.”
Court rejects challenge to Arkansas abortion law (Reuters) The Supreme Court recently declined to hear an appeal by Planned Parenthood against a 2015 Arkansas law governing the use of RU-486. The law “requires any doctor dispensing the drug to sign a contract with another doctor who would agree to handle any medical complications from it,” the Reuters news agency reported. “The contracted doctor also must have admitting privileges at a hospital designated to handle emergencies.”
Prelate expresses concern about immigration bills before Congress, urges bipartisan engagement (USCCB) “While we truly want a legislative solution for Dreamers, we cannot, in good faith, endorse large structural changes to the immigration system that detrimentally impact families and the vulnerable, such as those that are contained in this legislation,” said Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin, the chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration. “We welcome the opportunity to dialogue with lawmakers and to discuss possible opportunities for further compromise.”