Fortnight for Freedom

Supreme Court rules in favor of church in crucial First Amendment case

Jun 26, 2017 - 05:32 pm .- In one of the biggest religious cases of the term, the US Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a church-owned playground can be eligible for a public benefit program.

US bishops launch 2017 Fortnight for Freedom

Jun 22, 2017 - 03:08 am .- The U.S. bishops have launched a website and video to mark the beginning of this year’s Fortnight for Freedom, focusing on religious freedom issues both at home and abroad.

US bishops vote to make religious freedom committee permanent

Jun 15, 2017 - 07:57 pm .- The U.S. bishops voted on Thursday to make their Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty a permanent committee of the national bishops’ conference.

US bishops say draft religious freedom rule 'long overdue'

Jun 5, 2017 - 08:23 pm .- A draft federal rule from the Trump administration regarding the contraception mandate is “encouraging news” that could help return federal health care policy to a better approach toward matters of conscience, the U.S. bishops have said.

Trump admin ponders new religious freedom rule for HHS mandate

May 31, 2017 - 09:51 pm .- A leaked draft of a federal rule that would protect religious organizations from the controversial federal contraception mandate has won the support of religious liberty advocates, who say that it is sorely needed.

Religious freedom cited in first US female genital mutilation case

May 25, 2017 - 09:02 am .- A U.S. federal law prohibiting female genital mutilation will be challenged for the first time in a case in Detroit, where lawyers plan to cite religious freedom as a defense of the practice.

Stronger religious freedoms in Texas could boost Catholic foster care

May 25, 2017 - 06:04 am .- The Catholic Church in Texas will work to promote more foster parenting, following the state legislature’s approval of strong legal protections for religious adoption and foster care agencies.

Texas House passes conscience protections for foster care system

May 11, 2017 - 06:43 pm .- Catholic groups have welcomed the Texas House of Representatives’ passage Wednesday of a bill that would provide conscience protections for groups and individuals involved in the foster care system.

Trump's executive order hailed as critical, but just a 'first step'

May 4, 2017 - 07:00 pm .- Religious freedom advocates credited President Donald Trump with taking a “first step” toward protecting religious freedom with an executive order he signed on Thursday, but stressed that there is still more work to be done.

US bishops support petition for religious freedom executive order

May 3, 2017 - 09:35 pm .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Wednesday sent out a text message alert urging Catholics to sign a petition calling on President Donald Trump to issue an executive order protecting religious freedom.  

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