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What the Supreme Court LGBT decision could mean for Catholic employers

Jun 18, 2020

By Matt Hadro

After the Supreme Court recognized protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in federal law this week, Catholic employers shouldn’t... Read more

Sen. Josh Hawley. Official portrait.

After Supreme Court decision, Sen. Josh Hawley says religious conservatives have a 'bad' deal

Jun 16, 2020

Sen. Josh Hawley called Tuesday for religious conservatives to “stand up and speak out” for religious liberty in light of... Read more

US Supreme Court.

US Catholic bishops: Supreme Court has 'redefined' the meaning of 'sex'

Jun 15, 2020

The president of the U.S. bishops’ conference on Monday lamented the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in a case that considered... 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 Donald J. Hying. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Madison.

Madison Bishop Hying says he will 'stand on principle' in reopening lawsuit

Jun 4, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

The Bishop of Madison says a lawsuit against Dane County and the city of Madison may be needed to ensure... Read more

Closed church.

Religious freedom foes seek to leverage coronavirus controversies

Jun 1, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

The Center for American Progress, a longtime critic of religious freedom protections, has claimed churches seeking equal treatment under coronavirus... Read more

Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore.

Baltimore archdiocese has ‘serious concerns’ about county Communion ban

May 27, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

The Archdiocese of Baltimore said it has “serious concerns” about public health guidance from Howard County, Maryland, which prohibits the... Read more

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

Briefing shows ACLU has abandoned religious freedom for 'culture wars,' critic says

May 26, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

Longtime critics of religious freedom protections, among them the American Civil Liberties Union, have formed a partnership to oppose the... 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

Islamists in Pakistan protest the appointment of an Ahmadi as government adviser in Lahore, Sept. 7, 2018.

Pakistan minorities commission excludes Ahmadi religious group

May 9, 2020

 Pakistan’s government has declined to include the Ahmadi religious group in its National Commission for Minorities, drawing attention to the... Read more

The flag of Turkey.

Turkey disputes US religious freedom commission's assessment of Turkey

May 1, 2020

The Turkish foreign ministry on Wednesday rejected Turkey's inclusion in a report by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom,... Read more

A young girl lights a candle at a Marian grotto in Pakistan.

US group calls Pakistan blocking of aid to Christians, Hindus 'reprehensible'

Apr 15, 2020

The U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom has called on the Pakistani government to ensure aid for the COVID-19 pandemic is... 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

A Yemeni man holds a rifle in Aden, Sept. 14, 2006.

Houthi court in Yemen upholds death sentence of Baha'i man

Mar 24, 2020

A Yemeni appeals court run by Houthi rebels on Sunday upheld the death sentence of a member of the Baha'i... Read more

St. Peter's Square guarded by the Italian national police force.

Do coronavirus closings violate religious liberty? A religious freedom expert weighs in

Mar 16, 2020

By Courtney Mares

As more government leaders will soon face tough decisions in the face of a spreading pandemic, the president of the... Read more

Asia Bibi.

'Freed because of Jesus'- Asia Bibi shares her story

Mar 3, 2020

Asia Bibi is a Pakistani Catholic woman who was sentenced to death in 2010 for blasphemy against Islam.  After more... Read more

California state capitol.

California doubles down on rule forcing Catholic nuns to pay for abortion

Feb 24, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

Facing the threat of major cuts to federal HHS funds, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has said the state will... Read more

Uyghurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

Leak from Xinjiang shows some Uyghurs are detained for family size

Feb 17, 2020

A leaked document from a county in China's northwest details the personal information of some 3,000 Uyghurs. It gives violation... Read more

Parliament House, Canberra.

Australian bishops: religious discrimination bill has merit, but flaws should be fixed

Feb 14, 2020

Australia’s Catholic bishops have welcomed changes to a proposed religious discrimination bill to protect religious believers and institutions from discrimination... Read more

Prof. Teresa Stanton Collett. Courtesy photo.

Catholic lawyer grilled on contraception during House hearing

Feb 13, 2020

A Democratic congressman grilled a Catholic female law professor on her beliefs about contraception during a congressional hearing for a... Read more