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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC January 20, 2017 5 Attention business owners! How about resolving to make the U.P. Catholic Newspaper part of your advertising buy? Our readers make great customers! Contact Dcn. Steve 1-866-452-5112 upc@new.rr.com The Legacy of Faith Board of Directors invites all parishes and missions to apply for grant funding for faith formation programs taking place during the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The funding focus for faith formation grants is on the pastoral priorities for the Diocese of Marquette, specifically the new evangelization. Applications are encouraged for parish programs that support Bishop John Doerfler's three-point invitation to the people of the diocese to be a friend of Jesus, make a friend, and introduce your friend to Jesus. In support of the diocese's sacred music initiative, applications for the formation of parish musicians will be accepted. Visit www.LegacyOfFaith.net for more informa- tion, including the grant application and a helpful list of evangelization resources that may be funded. You may also contact Terri Gadzinski by email at tgadzinski@dioceseofmarquette.org or call (906) 227-9108. The deadline for submitting applications is April 1, 2017. Faith formation grants to parishes, missions available BY KEVIN J. JONES CNA/EWTN NEWS A Catholic hospital in New Jersey faces an anti-discrimination lawsuit for cancelling a surgery to remove a uterus from a female who identifies as a man. The surgery was meant to treat gender dysphoria. This case involves whether a Catholic hospital can be compelled to perform a procedure that violates its sincerely-held religious beliefs, Matt Sharp, legal coun- sel with Alliance Defending Freedom, told CNA. Our nation has long provided broad exemptions for organizations like this for example, protecting them against being compelled to perform abortions, he said. Those same protections should extend to organizations that decline to be part of the procedures like the one sought here procedures that not only raise religious concerns, but that many doctors and psychiatrists also believe pose seri- ous long-term risks to the patients. Sharp spoke in response to the legal case of Jionni Conforti, who had sched- uled a hysterectomy at St. Joseph Re- gional Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. in 2015. The hospital canceled the proce- dure on the grounds it would violate the ethical and religious directives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Conforti's lawsuit said a surgeon at the medical center had initially approved the surgery, which removes a uterus, as he had Medicaid. However, a hospital administrator later barred it. I felt completely disrespected, Confor- ti said, according to the Associated Press. The lawsuit said physicians claimed the hysterectomy was medically necessary to treat gender dysphoria and to reduce the risk of cancer related to Conforti's hor- mone treatments. The lawsuit charges that the hospital vi- olated state and federal anti-discrimina- tion laws. It also cited guarantees in the hospital's own patient bill of rights which guaranteed medical services without discrimination based on gender identity or expression, the New Jersey news site The Record reports. Sharp, however, said that subjecting Catholic hospitals and other organiza- tions, who merely seek to continue to peacefully operate consistent with their religious beliefs as they have done for decades, to costly lawsuits not only hurts the organizations themselves, but also the thousands and thousands of people in the community who benefit from their services every year, he said. Every hospital and physician should be free to make sound moral and ethical decisions as to the best treatments for their patients, he added. There are seri- ous questions about the long term results of so-called sex reassignment surgery. Whether based on their sincerely held religious beliefs or ethical considerations, hospitals and physicians should not be compelled to perform these procedures by legions of state or federal bureau- crats. Sharp said that state non-discrimina- tion laws which include gender identity as a protected category have been repeat- edly used to target religious organizations and threaten them with costly fines, and even jail time, if they don't forfeit their religious freedom and disavow their be- liefs about the immutability of sex. Lawsuit against Catholic hospital threatens religious liberty Find full issues of The U.P. Catholic online at www.upcatholic.org (CNA/EWTN News) - On the night of Jan. 4, Nathan Leonhardt was locking up the Cathedral of St. Paul in Minneap- olis when he found something extraor- dinary. Inside the church doors was a newborn baby boy. Shortly after 6 p.m., local po- lice officers received a call that the baby had been abandoned at the Cathedral. I was speechless. I froze for what seemed to be 10 seconds, but it was probably more, stated Leonhardt, ac- cording to the Catholic Herald. They picked a good spot to drop him off. It's a church - we love children, Leonhardt continued. Upon the police officers' arrival, Sgt. Charlie Anderson said that everybody in that call instantly fell in love with the child, according to CBS Minnesota. In this job you see so much bad in people. Violence, death and destruction. It's just nice to have a call like this every once in a while, to remind you why you wear the badge, Sgt. Charlie Anderson stated. Father John Ubel, Cathedral rector, baptized the child while waiting for the responders, and named him Nathan John, after the Cathedral custodian who found him. It is Father Ubel's hope that the child will be adopted by a Catholic family. The baby is now in the care of the Ramsey County Child Protective Services. The fact that this child was left off at a Catholic church is not an insignificant detail to me, stated Father Ubel. This case was also something particu- larly special for Sgt. Anderson, who had been married at the Cathedral of St. Paul and also attended the seminary there for a few years. He is also a father of three children, saying that the call tugged at his heartstrings. When the police arrived at the cathe- dral, they knew that they had to make sure the baby was warm before they transferred him to the Children's Hos- pital. According to Sgt. Anderson, the group of responders gathered together for group hug and made sure the baby had enough heat. But, the officers didn't go home after that. Instead, they went shopping for the child and bought him some essentials that were delivered to the hospital. We picked up some onesies, a bounc- er seat, some booties, a monkey hat, a Sophie giraffe toy that all my kids loved, Sgt. Anderson said. Although the baby seemed to have been born prematurely, weighing about 5 pounds, he is now safe and in good health. The police are not opening an investigation into the case, and Sgt. An- derson wants the mom to know that she is not in trouble. In the future, Sgt. Anderson hopes that he will be able to see the child again, saying that the incident will stay with him forever. Baby left at Minnesota cathedral now safe, healthy

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