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Sharonell Fulton has fostered more than 40 children through Catholic Social Services.

City of Philadelphia to pay $2 million to Catholic foster care agency in settlement

Nov 23, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The city of Philadelphia will pay Catholic Social Services a $2 million settlement and reinstate their foster care contract after... Read more

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Support for religious freedom up among Americans; majority consider worship ‘essential,’ survey says

Nov 17, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

The survey found that among the various demographic groups they surveyed, the people most likely to rate religious activities as... Read more

Sisterhood of Saint Mary with bishops from the Anglican Church of North America's Diocese of the Living Word.

In win for Anglican nuns, Supreme Court orders new scrutiny for New York mandatory abortion coverage

Nov 1, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Foes of mandatory coverage of abortion in New York State insurance law will have another hearing after the U.S. Supreme... Read more

Sharonell Fulton, one of the plaintiffs in Fulton v. Philadelphia who has fostered more than 40 children through Catholic Social Services

Philadelphia Catholic agency can once again help make foster care placements, after settlement with city

Sep 27, 2021

By Matt Hadro

Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is once again helping make foster care placements, following a legal settlement... Read more

Religious sisters show their support for the Little Sisters of the Poor outside the Supreme Court, where oral arguments were heard on March 23, 2016 in the Zubik v. Burwell case against the HHS Mandate.

The religious freedom cases the Supreme Court could hear – and refuse – this fall

Sep 20, 2021

By Matt Hadro

In addition to a critical abortion case, the Supreme Court this fall will consider multiple religious freedom cases on vocal... Read more

A student walks across campus at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Iowa.

University of Iowa 'targeted' Christian group, lawyers argue

Sep 23, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

Lawyers representing a Christian group kicked off of a college campus over its religious beliefs have said they are confident... Read more

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Christmas comes early in Indiana with nativity scene court case

Aug 7, 2020

An Indiana town is defending its Christmas display in court this summer, after a traveller through the area claimed she... Read more

Bishop Donald J. Hying. Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Madison diocese says it will sue over religious restrictions

Jun 3, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

Attorneys representing the Diocese of Madison sent a letter to Dane County and City of Madison officials on Wednesday, June... Read more

Bishop Peter Baldacchino celebrates Mass on Holy Thursday.

New Mexico governor says churches can reopen at 25% capacity

May 18, 2020

New Mexico has agreed to apply the same reopening criteria to churches as it does to retail businesses, after the governor... Read more

Mayor Bill de Blasio.

NYC mayor threatens 'permanent' closure of churches defying coronavirus ban

Mar 30, 2020

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday, March 27 threatened to “permanently” shut down houses of worship that... Read more

Supreme Court of the United States.

Supreme Court will hear Philadelphia Catholic foster care case

Feb 24, 2020

The Supreme Court will decide if the city of Philadelphia was correct to terminate its relationship with Catholic Social Services... Read more

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Support for religious freedom still strong despite culture wars

Nov 20, 2019

By Matt Hadro

A new report by a leading legal group claims that, despite deep division and polarization in the U.S., there is... Read more

Former congressman and failed senate candidate Robert Francis O'Rourke.

Tax churches that oppose gay marriage, Democratic candidate says

Oct 11, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

A Democratic candidate for president has said religious institutions should be stripped of their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex... Read more

Little Sisters of the Poor after oral arguments in a lawsuit over the contraception mandate.

Little Sisters of the Poor to defend contraception exception against lawsuits

Jun 4, 2019

By CNA Staff

The Little Sisters of the Poor are expected back in court Thursday to ask for protection against a lawsuit seeking... Read more

Supreme Court of the United States.

Catholic Social Services launch new appeal to Supreme Court

Jun 3, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Lawyers representing Catholic Social Services of Philadelphia are appealing to the Supreme Court after the agency was stripped of its... Read more

The Supreme Court of the United States.

Supreme Court rejects appeal to make Texas bishops release abortion communications

Feb 20, 2019

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal in the case Whole Woman’s Health v. Texas Catholic Conference et al, in... Read more

Little Sisters of the Poor outside the Supreme Court in March, 2016 , for the Zubik v. Burwell case.

Judges block Little Sisters' religious exemption from contraception mandate

Jan 14, 2019

Judges in California and Pennsylvania have issued injunctions against a Trump administration rule that would allow the Little Sisters of... Read more

Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.

Trump administration announces new conscience exemptions for contraceptive mandate

Nov 7, 2018

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor released two updated rules concerning conscience protections for organizations and... Read more

Foster parents join Philadelphia’s Catholic Social Services in discrimination lawsuit

May 17, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

A group of foster parents and social workers appeared in court on Wednesday, asking that the city of Philadelphia rescind... Read more

Legal challenge to abortion drug mandate draws allies

May 30, 2014

Foes of federal rules requiring free insurance coverage of abortion-causing drugs and devices have filed legal briefs in support of... Read more