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Will new 'civil rights' silence churches? In Iowa, the fear is real.

Jul 9, 2016 - 06:44 am .- An Iowa church fears the state civil rights commission could penalize it for preaching and following its views on homosexuality and transgender issues – including penalties for single-sex bathrooms.  

Saints, martyrs and the cross – Archbishop Gomez on true freedom

Jul 6, 2016 - 12:42 am .- As church leaders rallied U.S. Catholics to defend their faith against an increasingly antagonistic society and government, the relics of Blessed Oscar Romero and St. Junipero Serra made an appearance at the Los Angeles cathedral.

Why one bishop thinks you should be a 'footnote' for Christ

Jul 5, 2016 - 12:19 pm .- On America’s 240th Independence Day, Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh called on Catholics to be “footnotes” for the truth that is Christ.

How can the US counter religious extremism?

Jun 16, 2016 - 05:00 pm .- Despite secularization in some countries, “the world is becoming more religious” and the United States needs to factor this into its foreign policy, one religious freedom expert said Thursday.

'I am a Kurd and a Jew': an interview with Iraq's Sherzad Mamsani

May 12, 2016 - 05:02 pm .- Terrorist attacks don’t phase Sherzad Omar Mamsani, even when an attack claimed one of his arms and left shrapnel throughout his legs. There’s a reason he was a target: he is a Kurdish Jew.

The world became more dangerous for religious believers last year

May 2, 2016 - 04:48 pm .- The right to exercise religion came under sustained assault around the world in 2015, according to a new report from a bipartisan United States commission, affecting Christians, Muslims, Jews, among others.

How will faith-based partners fare under new White House rules?

Apr 29, 2016 - 06:02 am .- The Obama administration’s new rule for faith-based partnerships has drawn various reactions: one observer warned they could cause problems for partnering religious groups, while another said the action also strengthens these groups’ protections against government abuse.

Colo. baker faces 're-education' training after state court refuses to take case

Apr 29, 2016 - 12:08 am .- The lawyers of the bakery owner who made headlines for declining to make a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding is “evaluating all legal options” to preserve the man’s First Amendment rights after the state’s highest court declined to take the case.

Priests can't be forced to break seal of confession, La. judge rules

Mar 2, 2016 - 03:02 am .- Louisiana law can’t force Catholic priests to violate the seal of the confessional, a judge in the state reaffirmed on Friday.

In Canada, a bishop protests gender ideology mandate for Alberta schools

Jan 29, 2016 - 06:03 am .- “Totalitarianism.” That was the word the Bishop of Calgary used to describe the Alberta government’s new mandatory gender guidelines.

Cardinal Wuerl explains why Church workers must be consistent with the Gospel

Jan 14, 2016 - 06:08 am .- Church workers have to lead people toward Catholic teaching in their public lives, not away from it, the Archbishop of Washington has said. His comments follow the firing of a part-time church cantor after his D.C.-area parish learned he was in a same-sex marriage.

The 'tyranny of uniformity': will the US have a diverse public square in the future?

Nov 19, 2015 - 03:06 pm .- The case of the Little Sisters of the Poor before the Supreme Court may determine if the United States will continue to have a diverse public square, said the head of the U.S. bishops’ religious liberty committee.

Advocates chide US – stop ignoring religiously-motivated violence

Oct 28, 2015 - 01:10 pm .- The U.S. must recognize all causes of religious freedom abuses around the world – including religious motivations where they exist, experts told members of Congress Tuesday.  

Catholics in Cuba call on government to remove religious restrictions

Oct 23, 2015 - 03:47 pm .- Through one of its media outlets, the Havana archdiocese has called on the Cuban government “to definitively remove the restrictions that weigh down upon all religious institutions, and allow them to freely carry out their work.”

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

Sep 4, 2015 - 03:38 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 - 12:03 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.

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

Aug 13, 2015 - 03:06 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 - 03:02 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.

Will religious Boy Scout troops be tolerated when ban on gay leaders ends?

Jul 27, 2015 - 05:08 pm .- The Boy Scouts of America is moving to change its leadership standards in order to allow openly homosexual adult leaders and volunteers. While the organization promises that individual church-affiliated councils can choose their own leaders, at least one critic warns the move will expose churches to further pressure.

Here’s what would happen if America's Catholic outreach disappeared

Jul 14, 2015 - 03:02 am .- A few months ago, Erin McCroy was walking the streets of Denver with Murphy, a 20-something missionary with Christ in the City, an outreach for people who are homeless.

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