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Robert Gilligan

About the Blogger

Bob Gilligan directs the Catholic Conference of Illinois (CCI), the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in the state, and is an advocate for issues of importance to Catholic families, schools and social service agencies.

Blog posts by Robert Gilligan

  • Wednesday, March 06, 2013

    On the Redefinition of Marriage Legislation

    This week marks a pivotal time in the intersection of our state and the Catholic Church, as Illinois House lawmakers prepare to vote on redefinition of marriage legislation.


  • Monday, August 27, 2012

    “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil. 4:13)

    This Scripture verse calls us to put our faith into action, since Jesus Christ is always with us. And now Cardinal George and the other five diocesan bishops of Illinois are calling on you to put your faith into action with the Catholic Conference of Illinois and its Illinois Catholic Advocacy Network (I-CAN).


  • Monday, March 21, 2011

    Does State Money Lead to Loss of Religious Expression? The Impact of Civil Unions Legislation on Catholic Social Services

    In their early history, many Catholic Charities’ agencies served as orphanages to care for the most vulnerable children in their communities.  Today, Catholic Charities continues this tradition of caring for children through foster care and adoption services.  Earlier this month, there was an article in The Chicago Tribune about religious organizations, such as Catholic Charities, that contract with the State of Illinois to provide foster care and adoption services, and their practices with regard to same-sex couples seeking to become foster or adoptive parents.


  • Monday, November 08, 2010

    Abolishing the Death Penalty in Illinois

    A moratorium on death penalty executions, imposed by an Executive Order from the Governor, has been in place for ten years in Illinois.  However, the death penalty still exists in our state, and the moratorium on executions could be lifted at any time.  At the same time, there is great momentum around current efforts to abolish the death penalty, and legislation to do so may be considered during the fall veto session (November 16-18 and November 29-December 2) in Springfield.


  • Monday, March 08, 2010

    Do new communications vehicles lead to misunderstandings?

    Do you find yourself thinking in a 140 character limit?  Do you use abbreviations more than complete sentences?  If you can remember Ronald Reagan as President then Facebook, Twitter, is probably not where you go to interact with others.


  • Monday, August 24, 2009

    Constructive Dialogue in Health Care Debate

    The summer months generally provide slower news cycles than other times of the year, but the debate over reforming our health care is providing plenty to talk about.