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

Federal court: University of Iowa officials personally liable for mistreating Christian group

Mar 23, 2021

University of Iowa officials who wrongly de-recognized a Christian student group for objecting to same-sex relationships can be held personally... Read more

A chapel on the campus of Gordon College in Wenham, Mass. Credit: John Phelan via Wikimedia (CC BY 3.0).

Mass. Supreme Court calls into question religious exemption for Christian colleges

Mar 10, 2021

A social work professor at a Christian college in Massachusetts is not a “ministerial employee” and the college cannot claim... Read more

Treat churches like businesses during lockdowns, Americans say

Nov 18, 2020

As some states and cities reinstate restrictions meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus, a survey has found that... Read more

Doctor with a clipboard.

Coronavirus crisis cannot justify discrimination, bishops say

Apr 3, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic does not justify abandoning medical ethics, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops told medical professionals in... Read more

Full US appeals court considers Ohio Down syndrome abortion ban

Mar 12, 2020

The full Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on March 11 heard arguments over an Ohio law that prohibits abortions... Read more

Mississippi bill would ban abortions on basis of sex, race, genetic abnormality

Mar 5, 2020

A bill has been introduced in the Mississippi legislature to prohibit abortions being performed because of race, sex, or genetic... Read more

US Capitol dome.

US bishops: Equality Act will hurt more than help

Mar 20, 2019

In a March 20 letter to members of the U.S. Senate, three bishops warned that while the proposed Equality Act... Read more

Missouri discrimination cases could have far-reaching implications

Mar 7, 2019

By Jonah McKeown

The Missouri state Supreme Court issued two discrimination rulings last week related to sexual orientation and gender identity, both of... Read more

Catholic institutions aim for mission fidelity, not discrimination, defenders say

Feb 15, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Reports that Catholic institutions exercise unfair employment biases are undeserved, some defenders have said.  Read more

The Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago, home to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

A new civil rights ruling may create religious liberty problems

Apr 5, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

Both employers and employees who believe marriage is an institution between a man and a woman could be affected by... Read more

Statue of justice.

New HHS official has strong background in religious freedom, civil rights

Mar 28, 2017

By Matt Hadro

A new high-ranking official at the Department of Health and Human Services could give the agency a significant shift in... Read more

A ceremony at a church-in-construction in Kandhamal district, Odisha, India, January 2017.

The Church in India – a shining light for all to see

Jan 14, 2017

India is a country of more than 1.2 billion people, with Christians accounting for only some three percent of the... Read more

Indiana mayor draws criticism for renaming Good Friday

Nov 22, 2016

Critics say an Indiana mayor's decision to rename the city's Good Friday holiday in the name of inclusivity ended up... Read more

Leprosy Conference Presentation at the Vatican.

Leprosy is still a problem...and these religious leaders are working to fight it

Jun 7, 2016

By Elise Harris

While many in the developed world might consider leprosy a thing of the biblical past, the illness – officially called... Read more

Colorado court gives no relief to baker who declined to serve gay wedding

Aug 13, 2015

A Colorado baker has lamented the Colorado Court of Appeals’ ruling handed down Thursday that he illegally discriminated when he... Read more

Wedding Marriage Bride Groom. (CC0 1.0).

Australia's bishops reaffirm marriage – and get reported to government

Jul 8, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

In a recent pastoral letter on marriage, Australia’s Catholic bishops reaffirmed Catholic teaching. And one of the bishops has countered... Read more

Mike Pence.

No, Indiana did not just pass a law discriminating against gay people. Here's why.

Mar 27, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

Despite media hype, a new Indiana law is not based on anti-gay discrimination, but on a 20-year legal precedent of... Read more

US Capitol building.

The irony in anti-discrimination – why Catholic bishops won't back ENDA

Feb 5, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Even with religious freedom provisions added, LGBT discrimination laws are unlikely to draw support from Catholic bishops because they could... Read more

Marquette University.

Catholic profs told to report opposition to 'gay marriage' as harassment

Dec 9, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

An anti-harassment training presentation at a Catholic college encourages employees to report critics of “gay marriage” – and could reflect... Read more

President Barack Obama. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

Bishops: Executive order is flawed approach to discrimination

Jul 21, 2014

Leading U.S. bishops voiced strong criticism of an “unprecedented and extreme” new executive order, saying that it adds to discrimination... Read more