• Ahead of major Supreme Court case, Archbishop Lori reflects on religious freedom implications

    Ahead of major Supreme Court case, Archbishop Lori reflects on religious freedom implications

    • Nov 30, 2017

    The U.S. bishops’ former point man on religious liberty, Archbishop William Lori, reflects on the implications of next week’s major case before the Supreme Court on whether a baker can be forced to bake a cake for a gay wedding.

  • Contraceptive mandate battle still on: States fight religious exemptions

    Contraceptive mandate battle still on: States fight religious exemptions

    • Nov 22, 2017

    The Little Sisters of the Poor, who have always been known for their care for the poor elderly, have been in the spotlight for the past six years with their objection to the federal government’s requirement that they provide insurance coverage of contraceptives for their employees. Days after the rule was issued, Pennsylvania and California filed complaints against the federal government over the exemption. Delaware, Maryland, New York and Virginia joined California’s lawsuit to become the first plaintiff group to file a motion for a preliminary injunction seeking to prevent the new exemption rule from going into effect.

  • U.S. bishops to issue forthcoming ‘presidential statement’ on immigration; release date undetermined

    U.S. bishops to issue forthcoming ‘presidential statement’ on immigration; release date undetermined

    • Nov 14, 2017

    During the Monday afternoon session for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ fall assembly, the U.S. bishops committed to issuing a “presidential statement” on immigration. President of the USCCB, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, did not set a deadline for its release. The decision is a marked difference from 2013 when the bishops issued a unanimous “special message” decrying the threats against religious freedom posed by the HHS mandate at the conclusion of the general assembly.

  • Notre Dame employees keeping free birth control coverage

    Notre Dame employees keeping free birth control coverage

    • Nov 8, 2017

    Reversing a decision made last week to end contraceptive coverage for staff and students, Notre Dame said on Tuesday that although it follows Catholic teaching against the use of birth control, the school won’t interfere with the contraception coverage maintained by the insurance company because of the “plurality of religious and other convictions among its employees.”

  • Notre Dame to cut birth control coverage for faculty, students

    Notre Dame to cut birth control coverage for faculty, students

    • Nov 2, 2017

    Notre Dame is taking advantage of recently-added religious exemptions to the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act, which were announced by the Department of Health and Human Services October 6. Previously, the Catholic university was one of several organizations that sued the government over the federal contraceptive mandate, which required most organizations to provide birth control coverage either directly or through a third party service.

  • Department of Justice announces settlement in HHS mandate suits

    Department of Justice announces settlement in HHS mandate suits

    • Oct 17, 2017

    On Oct. 6, the Department of Justice revised its guidelines for all government agencies in light of existing religious freedom laws, releasing a set of principles which stated clearly that the government cannot substantially burden religious practices, unless there is a compelling state interest in doing so and those burdens use the least-restrictive means possible. Now the government has settled with those suing over the previous regulations.