Fortnight for Freedom

In wake of Pope Francis, bishops urge Congress to move on religious freedom

Oct 1, 2015 - 10:20 pm .- Citing Pope Francis, the U.S. bishops are urging lawmakers act quickly to pass a bill that would reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, whose mandate expired yesterday.

Five federal judges rebuke court: don’t tell the Little Sisters how to be Catholic

Sep 4, 2015 - 09:38 pm .- In an unusual move, five federal judges have said their court should have given greater attention to the Little Sisters of the Poor’s religious freedom lawsuit against an Obama administration mandate that requires them to violate their Catholic beliefs, or face heavy fines.

Citing Pope Francis, bishops call on Congress to renew religious freedom commission

Sep 1, 2015 - 06:03 am .- Congress has only one month to reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Many human rights activists and religious leaders have stressed its importance, and the nation's bishops suggest the commission would help the U.S. fulfill Pope Francis’ call to protect religious minorities.

Little Sisters get temporary relief while Supreme Court mulls taking case

Aug 21, 2015 - 06:02 pm .- The Little Sisters of the Poor have received temporary protection from the federal contraception mandate until the Supreme Court decides whether or not it will hear their case.

Colorado court gives no relief to baker who declined to serve gay wedding

Aug 13, 2015 - 09:06 pm .- A Colorado baker has lamented the Colorado Court of Appeals’ ruling handed down Thursday that he illegally discriminated when he declined to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

Could 'British values' push jeopardize Catholic education in the UK?

Jul 30, 2015 - 09:02 am .- Some Catholics in Great Britain are concerned the push for “British values” in schools, meant to counter Islamist extremism, could harm sincere religious believers and burden Catholic schools, rather than advance human dignity.

LGBT grant-maker wants to win religious liberty fight within three years

Jul 29, 2015 - 06:31 am .- A leader in LGBT grant-making has told business leaders that he wants to shut down the political fight for religious freedom exemptions in the U.S. within three years.

Court: Family-run pharmacy must carry Plan B despite religious objections

Jul 24, 2015 - 10:47 pm .- Owners of a pharmacy in Washington state must provide the morning-after contraceptive pill against their religious beliefs after a federal appeals court upheld a state mandate that they do so.

Last hope: Little Sisters of the Poor appeal to Supreme Court

Jul 23, 2015 - 04:09 pm .- After a federal appeals court ruled that the Little Sisters of the Poor must obey the federal contraception mandate, the sisters have announced that they are appealing to the Supreme Court.

Bible publisher wins permanent victory over HHS mandate

Jul 19, 2015 - 09:55 pm .- A Bible publisher based in Illinois has won its lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate, with a final ruling delivered July 15 by a federal district court.

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