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Obama signs executive order barring U.S. government, federal contractors from discriminating against employees on basis of sexual, gender identity

Obama’s order bans discrimination based on workers’ sexual orientation

July 23, 2014 WASHINGTON (CNS) — President Barack Obama’s executive order of July 21 has installed workplace rules forbidding the firing of employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity by the federal government and federal contractors — a key provision in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act languishing in Congress. The U.S. bishops have opposed the…

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Pope names U.S. bishops’ top ecumenical officer to advise Vatican council

July 22, 2014 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Among the new members and consultants Pope Francis named to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity is Father John W. Crossin, the executive director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Although in February Pope Francis confirmed all of…

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