Oct 2, 2012 - 02:18 am .- A federal district court in Missouri has dismissed a Catholic businessman’s lawsuit that contends that the HHS mandate violates his religious freedom, but his lawyers say the decision is so flawed that it takes a position more extreme than the Obama administration and will not stand on appeal.
Sep 25, 2012 - 06:02 pm .- New efforts announced by President Barack Obama to fight human trafficking have renewed criticism of his administration for preventing a highly effective Catholic group from receiving funds to aid victims.
Sep 25, 2012 - 04:06 am .- Minor children on their parents’ health care plans will have free coverage of sterilization and contraception, including abortion-causing drugs, under the controversial HHS mandate – and depending on the state, they can obtain access without parental consent.
Sep 7, 2012 - 02:33 pm .- Providing economic security for the middle class and access to free contraception as a key part of women’s health care were major issues that dominated conversations at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Sep 7, 2012 - 12:13 am .- A former congresswoman known for being a prominent pro-life Democrat has advised fellow party members to tell Catholics that President Obama is a pro-life candidate.
Sep 6, 2012 - 12:40 am .- A dissenting Catholic group believes that the First Amendment protection of religious freedom applies to personal decisions but does not allow people to apply their beliefs to every area of their lives.
Sep 5, 2012 - 05:30 pm .- Concern for the environment and a desire to care for one's neighbor through the federal government were among the ways Democratic speakers described their faith in action at a religious gathering at the party's national convention.
Aug 30, 2012 - 11:12 am .- Mary Ann Glendon, the former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, believes that the 2012 presidential election will be a historic crossroads for the United States.
Aug 30, 2012 - 02:07 am .- A law professor at George Mason University believes that in the upcoming election women will focus on more than abortion and contraception, and will consider issues that pertain to the family, the economy and the condition of the American culture when they vote.
Aug 28, 2012 - 03:58 am .- A slight revision of the federal contraception mandate offers some additional protection for certain religious employers but is not sufficient to ease religious freedom concerns, said a lawyer who is working to challenge the mandate in court.
Aug 24, 2012 - 04:04 am .- A businesswoman who has filed the most recent lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate believes that the government must respect her identity as a Catholic woman as well as a business owner.
Aug 17, 2012 - 11:24 am .- Catholics for Obama has launched its 2012 initiative with a focus on economic issues, in an apparent shift from its 2008 presentation of the presidential candidate as “pro-life.”
Aug 15, 2012 - 05:18 am .- A spokesman for a Catholic family-owned business in Colorado is asking President Obama to respect his family’s faith after the president reaffirmed his support for the controversial contraception mandate during a recent campaign swing through the state.
Aug 10, 2012 - 03:59 pm .- The Catholic Diocese of Peoria, Ill. on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the HHS mandate, charging that it requires an “intrusive government investigation” to determine whether the diocese is exempt from the controversial federal rule.
Aug 9, 2012 - 04:00 am .- President Barack Obama reaffirmed his support for mandatory contraception coverage in a Wednesday campaign stop in Denver, drawing criticism from a lawyer representing a Colorado company fighting the mandate on religious freedom grounds.
Jul 27, 2012 - 03:23 pm .- In the first legal ruling against the controversial HHS mandate, a federal judge has granted a temporary injunction protecting a Catholic-run business.
Jul 20, 2012 - 05:09 pm .- A federal judge in Washington, D.C. has dismissed a lawsuit by Belmont Abbey College against the federal contraception mandate as being premature.
Jul 20, 2012 - 12:09 am .- The U.S. bishops have praised the inclusion of new legislative provisions that, if passed, could prevent financial penalties from being levied against institutions that don’t comply with the controversial HHS mandate that requires coverage for sterilization and contraception, including abortion-causing drugs.
Jul 11, 2012 - 03:53 am .- Two U.S. representatives have introduced a bill to stop the federal government from taxing religious employers that decline to cover contraception and abortion-causing drugs in their health plans.
Jul 10, 2012 - 01:03 pm .- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago has joined two Catholic dioceses and their charitable affiliates in a lawsuit over the federal contraception mandate, a move that one observer says demonstrates the potential societal impact of the rule.