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  • Federal judge strikes down housing allowance for clergy

    Federal judge strikes down housing allowance for clergy

    • Oct 9, 2017

    A housing benefit that saves clergy $800 million a year in taxes has been deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge. Under the law, housing allowances paid as part of clergy salary can be subtracted from their taxable income. Religious freedom advocates fear the ruling could force many churches in poor areas to close.

  • Catholic leaders trying to correct sins of Poland’s leaders

    Catholic leaders trying to correct sins of Poland’s leaders

    • Sep 15, 2017

    Poland’s Law and Justice party came to power in 2015 thanks in part to the support of the Catholic Church. Parish priests in small towns and villages used their sermons to help the party in its campaign by praising the values it advocated. Now the bishops are questioning some of the government’s policies, especially its view towards immigrants and a proposed overhaul of the judicial system.

  • Discussion focuses on civility, tolerance as key to religious freedom

    Discussion focuses on civility, tolerance as key to religious freedom

    • Sep 14, 2017

    24 years ago, President Bill Clinton signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act during a White House ceremony attended by Republican and Democratic members of Congress and numerous religious leaders in a sign of unity. But within a decade, such unity began to fragment as people coalesced around divergent views with little tolerance for opposing opinions on religion or politics.