- Jan 17, 2020
President Donald Trump selected Catholic law professor at Notre Dame, Amy Coney Barrett, for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. In 1998 Barrett wrote an article on the debated topic of the death penalty and the role of Catholic judges when deciding such cases.
A survey by the Pew Forum recently found that while religious commitment generally tends to drop the more educated people become, Christians buck that trend. Some experts say that makes sense, while others wonder if there’s some ‘pious lying’ going on about matters such as attending church services among more educated Christians.
U.S. Catholic bishops were among the first to sign the National Catholic Pledge to End the Death Penalty insisting that Christians and all people of good faith should stand against the death penalty and advocate for more humane conditions in prison.
The Jesuits are returning more than 500 acres, dotted throughout 900,000 acres on a Rosebud reservation in South Dakota, to the Rosebud Sioux. “It’s now time to give back to the tribe all of those pieces of land that were given to the church for church purposes,” a representative said.
The chief communications officer for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Communications announced a restructuring that will shift the focus of its operation from a traditional print structure to a digital model.
While some religious leaders are excited by President Donald Trump’s executive order to ease limits on churches endorsing political candidates, The Rev. Don Anderson, executive minister of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, and others say the Johnson Amendment can protect the clergy from being put in awkward spots, such as being asked to endorse a parishioner’s relative.