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Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.

San Francisco archbishop: Worshipers should be treated equally during the pandemic

Sep 17, 2020

The archbishop of San Francisco penned an op-ed in the Washington Post this week citing the First Amendment as he... Read more

Trump administration to implement free speech rules for colleges

Sep 10, 2020

The US Education Department on Wednesday promulgated rules which formally implement a March executive order from President Donald Trump seeking... Read more

Supreme Court of the United States.

US Supreme Court upholds Nevada's coronavirus rules for houses of worship

Jul 25, 2020

By a 5-4 vote on Friday the Supreme Court upheld Nevada’s coronavirus regulation that limits attendance at indoor religious services... Read more

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference, 2014.

Sen. McConnell condemns First Amendment 'double standard' for churches

Jun 9, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that a “constitutionally dubious” double standard is being applied to religious communities and protestors... Read more

Bishop Peter Baldacchino of Las Cruces says Mass April 9, 2020.

Former judge: coronavirus restrictions have a place, but religion is 'essential'

May 15, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

Public health orders to limit the spread of the new coronavirus raise important questions about the U.S. Constitution and religious... Read more

Federal judge blocks Kentucky governor's soon-to-expire ban on religious services

May 11, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

With Kentucky already set for a limited resumption of religious services May 20, a federal judge has said Gov. Andy... Read more

California churches sue governor to allow public worship services amid coronavirus

Apr 15, 2020

Three Southern California ecclesial communities have filed a lawsuit against Governor Gavin Newsom, alleging that social distancing orders he imposed... Read more

US President Donald Trump.

Trump admin announces rules to allow equal access to grants for religious groups

Jan 16, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The White House announced new rules from nine federal agencies Thursday to help ensure that religious groups have equal access... Read more

A student at Bethel Christian Academy.

US justice department supports Christian school banned from voucher program

Nov 27, 2019

The United States Department of Justice on Tuesday filed a statement of interest in support of a Christian school in... Read more

Principal Claire Dant with students at Bethel Christian Academy in Savage, Md.

Federal judge allows Christian school's suit to go forward in voucher case

Nov 19, 2019

A federal district court judge on Thursday denied Maryland's motion to dismiss a suit by a Christian school against the... Read more

Teacher fired for abortion rights social media posts sues Catholic school in SC

Jul 11, 2019

By Jonah McKeown

A teacher at a Catholic school in South Carolina whose contract was not renewed because of her posts on Facebook... Read more

How 'Hosanna-Tabor' is shaping employment at Catholic schools

Jun 30, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

In the wake of recent controversies over teacher hiring, and firing, at religious schools, CNA spoke with professor Rick Garnett... Read more

California State Capitol building in Sacramento. Via Shutterstock

California advances bill to violate sacramental seal

May 24, 2019

State senators in California have voted to approve a law that would require priests to violate the seal of confession.... Read more

Federal court reaffirms tax exempt clergy housing allowances

Mar 19, 2019

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld tax-free housing allowances for clergy, a decision welcomed by pastors, religious organizations,... Read more

E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse, home to the US District Court for DC.

Court motions filed as atheist group sues for churches to file tax returns

Nov 27, 2018

The Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a motion to intervene after lawyers from the Freedom from Religion Foundation sued the... Read more

Metro ad. Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Washington.

Appeals court rules against Washington archdiocese in bus ad case

Jul 31, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority was within its rights to ban the Archdiocese of Washington’s religious-themed advertisements, the U.S.... Read more

Students at private New Mexican schools who could benefit from public funding of textbooks.

NM Supreme Court reconsiders textbook funding for private schools

May 8, 2018

A 2017 U.S. Supreme Court decision has given new life to New Mexico backers of state funding for private school... Read more

Appeals court strikes down Baltimore law targeting pregnancy centers

Jan 5, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

An appellate court struck down a Baltimore city ordinance Friday, ruling that the city's pro-life pregnancy centers would not be... Read more

Baker argues for cake and conscience at Supreme Court

Dec 5, 2017

A Colorado baker’s right to express himself through artwork – edible artwork– lies at the center of today’s Supreme Court... Read more

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

Jul 14, 2015

By Mary Farrow

A few months ago, Erin McCroy was walking the streets of Denver with Murphy, a 20-something missionary with Christ in... Read more