Tag: religious liberty

U.S. bishops welcome court decision on Catholic schools

U.S. bishops welcome court decision on Catholic schools

| Carol Zimmermann | July 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Two U.S. bishops said they welcomed the Supreme Court’s 7-2 ruling July 8 which said California Catholic schools could not be sued for job discrimination in firing teachers. The bishops said the decision “rightly acknowledged” the limit on state authority.

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Court rules in favor of employer exemptions to contraceptive coverage

Court rules in favor of employer exemptions to contraceptive coverage

| Carol Zimmermann | July 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

In a 7-2 ruling July 8, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Trump administration rules that give employers more ability to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage in their health plans.

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COVID-19 limits, rulings seen as latest challenges to religious liberty

COVID-19 limits, rulings seen as latest challenges to religious liberty

| Kurt Jensen | June 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

The unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on group gatherings and recent court rulings are part of a growing challenge to religious liberty, said participants in an online symposium June 22.

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Church reopening debate revolves around religious freedom, public safety

Church reopening debate revolves around religious freedom, public safety

| Dennis Sadowski | May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Catholic churches in Minnesota reopened for the public celebration of Mass May 27, but not before the state’s bishops took a bold stance to assert that churches were as important as bars, restaurants and hair salons.

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Bishops urge U.S. Supreme Court not to redefine ‘sex’ in civil rights law

Bishops urge U.S. Supreme Court not to redefine ‘sex’ in civil rights law

| Julie Asher | October 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

The chairmen of three U.S. bishops’ committees have urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to redefine “sex” in civil rights law, arguing this would change the definition of “a fundamental element of humanity that is the basis of the family and would threaten religious liberty.”

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Court: Christian artists can refuse to make invites for same-sex wedding

Court: Christian artists can refuse to make invites for same-sex wedding

| September 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Arizona’s Catholic bishops praised the state Supreme Court’s Sept. 16 decision upholding the refusal by two Christian artists to create custom wedding invitations for same-sex couples based on their religious belief in marriage as being between one man and one woman.

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Bishops welcome proposed rule to protect rights of religious employers

Bishops welcome proposed rule to protect rights of religious employers

| August 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

The chairmen of three U.S. bishops’ committees Aug. 21 welcomed a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Labor aimed at clarifying religious protections that may be invoked by federal contractors, including faith-based organizations.

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‘Dangerous’ bill on seal of confession withdrawn before key hearing

‘Dangerous’ bill on seal of confession withdrawn before key hearing

| Pablo Kay | July 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

In a last-minute twist, a California bill that would have required priests to break the sacramental seal of confession was shelved by its sponsor amid a remarkable grassroots campaign mounted by the state’s Catholics, members of other faith groups, and religious liberty advocates from across the country.

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Conscientious objection is part of religious freedom, commission says

Conscientious objection is part of religious freedom, commission says

| Cindy Wooden | April 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Full recognition of religious freedom must include recognition of the right of believers to conscientiously object to participating in activities that violate their religious beliefs and religiously inspired moral values, said the International Theological Commission.

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Faith leaders urge Trump, other U.S leaders to uphold religious liberty

Faith leaders urge Trump, other U.S leaders to uphold religious liberty

| April 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

More than 140 religious leaders, including the chairmen of three U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ committees, called on President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and congressional leaders to uphold principles of religious freedom following a series of attacks on people of faith, clergy and houses of worship.

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Religious freedom laws meant to be ‘shield, not sword,’ says speaker

Religious freedom laws meant to be ‘shield, not sword,’ says speaker

| Kurt Jensen | December 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Religious freedom is widely misunderstood, prone to being used only for political purposes and is identified by the public mostly with the Republican politicians. And its enshrinement in law requires constant vigilance on all sides.

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Sessions: Contributions of religious people make U.S. ‘stronger as nation’

Sessions: Contributions of religious people make U.S. ‘stronger as nation’

| Steve Larkin | July 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, gave three reasons why religious freedom is important to the Catholic Church in a speech July 30 at a conference on the issue at the Justice Department in Washington.

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