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Catholic Voices in Florida
This past weekend I had the great pleasure of speaking on the HHS mandate at the Florida 2012 Respect Life Conference in Jacksonville, FL. Bishop Thomas Olmstead of Phoenix gave a wonderful keynote highlighting the life of Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko, a martyr and hero of the Poland's Solidarity movement.
Folks in Florida are energized by their efforts to pass Amendment 6, which would limit the use of state taxpayer funds for abortion, and Amendment 8, which would eliminate discrimination against churches and religious social service providers by, in the words of constitutional scholar Rick Garnett, "[getting] rid [of] Florida's originally-anti-Catholic constitutional provisions banning "sectarian" institutions from receiving public funds, and [bringing] Florida law in line with the First Amendment." Here's hoping they succeed.