Sep 23, 2013 - 05:24 pm .- American bishops have praised a recent bill in the House of Representatives that would protect those who share the Church’s understanding of marriage from penalties by the federal government.
Sep 19, 2013 - 03:20 pm .- As scores of lawsuits against the federal contraception mandate continue to move through the courts, the head of the U.S. bishops’ conference has voiced renewed commitment to defending religious liberty.
Sep 17, 2013 - 04:56 pm .- During their first meeting in Strasburg, held Sept. 12-14, the legal advisors to the European Bishops’ Conference warned of an increase in legal restrictions against religious freedom.
Sep 15, 2013 - 04:04 pm .- A government announcement of a Charter of Quebec Values defining the Canadian province as a secular state presents a grave concern for religious liberty, a religious freedom scholar says.
Sep 11, 2013 - 04:46 pm .- Lasting peace in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East requires respect for human rights, including a vigorous freedom of religion, said Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired Archbishop of Washington, D.C.
Aug 28, 2013 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison, Wis., implored Catholics to speak up for religious freedom and for truth after explaining the link between the two at a lecture in Arlington, Va., on Aug. 23.
Aug 27, 2013 - 12:03 am .- The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that a small Christian-owned photography business does not have the right to decline on religious grounds to shoot a same-sex commitment ceremony.
Aug 22, 2013 - 05:49 pm .- Amid ongoing attacks against Coptic Christians in Egypt, a U.S. Senator has introduced legislation aimed at protecting the rights of religious minorities in the Middle East.
Aug 3, 2013 - 04:19 pm .- Women from around the country gathered in front of the White House on August 1 to protest national policies that are “hostile” to the ideas of family, motherhood and religious liberty.
Jul 26, 2013 - 06:05 pm .- Leaders of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom say that religious liberty is an “essential element” of human dignity and its protection deserves prominence in U.S. foreign policy.
Jul 25, 2013 - 06:12 pm .- Princeton law professor Robert P. George has been elected as chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, giving the prominent Catholic thinker a leading role in policy recommendations for the U.S. government.
Jul 12, 2013 - 02:01 am .- As the leaders of the United States and Vietnam prepare to meet, one federal lawmaker is calling for stronger efforts to encourage respect for human rights in the Southeast Asian country.
Jul 8, 2013 - 06:13 pm .- After an initial analysis of the finalized HHS mandate, the U.S. bishops are warning that despite changes, the regulation still threatens the Church’s ability “to carry out the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ.”
Jul 4, 2013 - 02:05 pm .- To renew respect for religious freedom in society, the Church needs lay people who live out their religious beliefs with love, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C.
Jul 4, 2013 - 04:02 am .- The Diocese of Pittsburgh has filed a lawsuit charging that the federal government created illegal barriers to its request for information about lobbyist influence on the HHS contraception mandate.
Jul 2, 2013 - 05:18 pm .- More than 100 religious leaders from various faith backgrounds are asking the U.S. government to respect the beliefs of those who oppose the demands of the controversial HHS mandate.
Jul 2, 2013 - 12:07 am .- The recent threats against religious freedom are an opportunity for the faithful to grow closer to God through prayer, fasting and penance, said Bishop James C. Conley of Lincoln, Neb., in a recent column.
Jul 1, 2013 - 05:57 pm .- A district court has ruled that the national craft chain Hobby Lobby may move forward with its lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate without being penalized for violating the regulation.
Jun 28, 2013 - 05:31 pm .- Despite assurances from the Obama administration that the finalized version of the contraception mandate accounts for freedom of conscience, some religious liberty advocates are still concerned.
Jun 28, 2013 - 12:10 pm .- The Obama administration announced on June 28 that it has finalized its regulations on the federal contraception mandate as it applies to religious employers.