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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jul 1, 2015 - 03:15 pm .- As bishops warn of current threats to religious liberty in the United States, Catholics can take heart that such challenges have faced them before, and they have persevered, one Church historian says.
Jun 27, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Friday’s Supreme Court ruling against the traditional understanding of marriage may pose huge obstacles to the free exercise of religion and conscience across the US, the nation's bishops have said in response to the decision.
Jun 2, 2015 - 12:04 am .- After a legal ruling deemed a bakery in Northern Ireland to have discriminated against a gay customer, the bakery’s owners have decided to appeal the decision, hoping to promote the place of faith in the public square.
May 21, 2015 - 04:03 pm .- A federal court has again denied the University of Notre Dame’s request for a preliminary injunction against federal mandates it says violate its religious freedom, though a trial can still go forward.
Apr 7, 2015 - 05:03 pm .- The Colorado agency which punished a baker who declined to make a cake for a same-sex ceremony has ruled that other bakers may refuse to make cakes with messages opposed to gay marriage. Defenders of the censured baker, Jack Phillips, say the commission should be more consistent.
Mar 31, 2015 - 05:35 pm .- Does the widespread reaction to Indiana religious freedom law mean there is growing intolerance for religious viewpoints? Two prominent essays in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times make the case that it does.
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