Archive of July 2, 2014

Wave of religious freedom rulings follows Supreme Court decision

Jul 2, 2014 - 08:22 pm .- In the days following a Supreme Court ruling upholding religious freedom in the workplace, several lower courts have issued decisions protecting religious liberty in similar circumstances.

Archbishop asks Okla. civic center to reconsider black mass

Jul 2, 2014 - 04:32 pm .- Just a few months after a black mass reenactment was planned – and then canceled – at Harvard University, another has been scheduled to take place at the Oklahoma City Civic Center on September 21, prompting calls for organizers to reconsider.

DC cardinal recalls faith of early US Catholics

Jul 2, 2014 - 04:03 pm .- Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl exhorted the faithful to be “vigilant” in protecting their God-given religious liberty, invoking the faith of the first U.S. Catholics.

Wis. diocese clarifies stance on baptizing same-sex couples' babies

Jul 2, 2014 - 03:50 pm .- The Diocese of Madison, Wis. explained its response to same-sex couples who present children for baptism, welcoming sincere baptism requests but also warning of “speculative” or “scurrilous” news reports on the subject.

Former sex slaves to take part in South Korea Mass with Pope

Jul 2, 2014 - 12:40 pm .- A group of South Korean women who were used as sex slaves by the Japanese army during World War II will attend an Aug. 18 Mass with Pope Francis when he visits the country.

Religious leaders support law used in Hobby Lobby ruling

Jul 2, 2014 - 04:14 am .- Religious leaders from several Christian churches and Jewish organizations have reaffirmed their “staunch support” for the federal religious freedom protections cited in the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision.

Revenge only perpetuates violence, Jerusalem bishop observes

Jul 2, 2014 - 02:46 am .- In wake of escalating tensions between Israel and Palestine following the murder of three Israeli teens, Bishop William Shomali has encouraged leaders to work for reconciliation, rather than retaliation.

Portland archdiocese consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima

Jul 2, 2014 - 02:02 am .- Faithful from in and around Portland, Ore. filled St. Mary’s Cathedral to overflowing on June 28 for Archbishop Alexander Sample's Mass consecrating the archdiocese to Our Lady of Fatima.

Toronto cardinal: Catholic teaching on divorce not changing

Jul 2, 2014 - 12:05 am .- Catholic teaching on divorce and remarriage is “not open to change” as it is faithful to Jesus but the Church can do better in helping those suffering in this area, says Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto.

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