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Catholic school students. CNA file photo.

Charleston diocese sues South Carolina for barring Covid-relief funds from private schools

Apr 15, 2021

The Diocese of Charleston filed a suit against South Carolina on Wednesday challenging the state’s “Blaine Amendment”, which prohibits public... Read more

The Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Brooklyn, NYC.

Federal judges decline to block New York worship restrictions

Oct 12, 2020

Two federal judges on Friday declined to block new restrictions on public worship in New York City, which both Catholic... Read more

Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

Senators support DC church's suit against discriminatory coronavirus restrictions

Oct 8, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Members of Congress are supporting a Washington, D.C., Baptist church in its court case against the city’s enforcement of its... Read more

The Colorado State Capitol.

Judge upholds Colorado's coronavirus limits on religious gatherings

Oct 1, 2020

A federal judge on Tuesday denied an injunction sought by a Protestant ministry against Colorado's coronavirus health orders, which limit... 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

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

The Supreme Court of the United States.

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

Jun 26, 2017

By Matt Hadro

In one of the biggest religious cases of the term, the US Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a church-owned... 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