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Second mandate lawsuit dismissed on 'technical grounds'

Jul 20, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

A federal judge in Washington, D.C. has dismissed a lawsuit by Belmont Abbey College against the federal contraception mandate as... Read more

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo.

Bishops praise House provision against HHS mandate penalties

Jul 19, 2012

The U.S. bishops have praised the inclusion of new legislative provisions that, if passed, could prevent financial penalties from being... Read more

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner and Rep. Diane Black introduce the Religious Freedom Tax Repeal Act at a July 10, 2012 press conference in Washington, D.C.

House members seek to repeal administration's 'Religious Freedom Tax'

Jul 11, 2012

Two U.S. representatives have introduced a bill to stop the federal government from taxing religious employers that decline to cover... Read more

Msgr. Michael Boland of the Chicago archdiocese's Catholic Charities.

Catholic Charities of Chicago lawsuit shows reach of HHS mandate

Jul 10, 2012

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago has joined two Catholic dioceses and their charitable affiliates in a lawsuit over... Read more

Steven Wagner, president of Renewal Forum.

Administration's abortion commitment may be aiding sex-slave industry

Jul 1, 2012

By insisting on abortion referrals in its anti-trafficking work, the Obama administration may be inadvertently helping the perpetrators of sex-slavery,... Read more

John Gehring of Faith in Public Life.

Leaked e-mail shows media campaign against US bishops

Jun 21, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

A leaked e-mail shows that the Democratic-leaning organization Faith in Public Life is running a behind-the-scenes media effort to undercut... Read more

Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson.

Knights of Columbus files comment against altered HHS mandate

Jun 20, 2012

The Knights of Columbus has filed a formal comment with the Department of Health and Human Services asking the Obama... Read more

Sister Carol Keehan, CEO and president of CHA.

Catholic Health Association reverses course on mandate accommodation

Jun 15, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

In a call for broader religious exemptions, the Catholic Health Association has backtracked from its initial support for the Obama... Read more

President Barack Obama delivers a statement in the Rose Garden. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

US bishops appreciate reprieve for some immigrants

Jun 15, 2012

The U.S. bishops' conference offered its praise for a June 15 presidential order halting the deportation of younger immigrants who... Read more

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Faith leaders decry mandate's creation of religious classes

Jun 12, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Nearly 150 leaders and supporters of faith-based service organizations have spoken out against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate because it... Read more

St. Paul's Hospital.

HHS mandate defender sees Catholic institutions as distractions

Jun 11, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

Washington Post columnist Anthony Stevens-Arroyo is a Catholic who does not believe the Obama Administration is attacking religious liberty by... Read more

Rep. Jeff Landry speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, La.

Catholic lawmaker seeks colleagues' support for HHS mandate suits

Jun 10, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

A Catholic congressman from Louisiana is organizing an effort to have lawmakers file legal briefs in favor of lawsuits against... Read more

Lila Rose speaks June 8, 2012 at Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally in D.C.

Second nationwide rally shows religious freedom movement has momentum

Jun 8, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Speakers and attendees at religious freedom rallies across the United States stressed that Americans are committed to defending their liberties... Read more

Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh.

Mandate lawsuits stem from faith, not politics, bishop says

Jun 8, 2012

The Catholic Church has challenged the U.S. government's contraception mandate to protect faith, not to influence politics, Pittsburgh Bishop David... Read more

Religious freedom movement holding new national rallies June 8

Jun 5, 2012

On June 8, Stand Up For Religious Freedom will hold its second round of national protests against the contraception mandate,... Read more

Hannah Smith and Stephen Schneck.

Legal expert counters claim that mandate is not religious persecution

Jun 4, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

In response to assertions by Professor Stephen Schneck that the federal contraception mandate is not a form of religious persecution,... Read more

Bishop Stephen E. Blaire

Bishop Blaire rejects claims of division over mandate lawsuits

May 25, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif. has clarified that he is united with his fellow bishops in their efforts... Read more

Brian Burch speaks to CNA.

Catholics can decide the 2012 election, expert says

May 25, 2012

As the presidential election draws closer, political expert Brian Burch is telling Catholics that if they turn out in slightly... Read more

The 65th session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

Vatican delegate insists on respect for faith-based health care

May 23, 2012

The Vatican’s head delegate to the World Health Assembly said that while the Church supports universal health care access, states... Read more

President of Ave Maria University Jim Towey.

Ave Maria drops student health insurance over HHS mandate

May 23, 2012

Ave Maria University has become the second Catholic college to announce it will discontinue its student health insurance plan due... Read more