• New video looks at religious freedom, court fight on mandate

    • Apr 14, 2016

    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Religious freedom “is foundational to our church and American society,” said Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori in announcing a new video that explores the foundations of church teaching on religious liberty, including the Second Vatican Council document “Dignitatis Humanae.” The archbishop made the comments April 12 as

  • Virgin Mary statue stirs up debate in secular Uruguay

    Virgin Mary statue stirs up debate in secular Uruguay

    • Apr 10, 2016

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — The South American country of Uruguay has a long tradition of secularism, to the point that a popular president in the early 1900s insisted on writing the word “God” with a lowercase “g” whenever he wrote about his policies in local newspapers. So when the Catholic

  • The government should leave the Little Sisters alone

    • Mar 21, 2016

    Imagine being told by the government: reject your beliefs or pay $70 million in fines. It is a staggering amount for nearly everyone, but an impossible sum for a service organization that relies on begging to feed the needy. This is the predicament faced by the Little Sisters of the

  • Supreme Court to hear 'Little Sisters' case March 23

    Supreme Court to hear 'Little Sisters' case March 23

    • Jan 29, 2016

    A group of nuns suing the Obama administration will be praying for a Holy Week miracle come March. The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will hear the Little Sisters of the Poor’s lawsuit against the Obama administration’s so-called contraception mandate on March 23, the Wednesday before Easter. The religious

  • Speaker Paul Ryan invited Little Sisters of the Poor to Obama's final State of the Union

    Speaker Paul Ryan invited Little Sisters of the Poor to Obama's final State of the Union

    • Jan 12, 2016

    Two nuns belonging to a religious order that’s suing the Obama administration will be on hand for the president’s final State of the Union address. Speaker Paul Ryan announced Tuesday that Sister Loraine Marie Maguire and Sister Constance Veit will sit in the speaker’s box, representing the Little Sisters of the

  • Scalia is right, but favoring religion is not the problem

    • Jan 6, 2016

    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made headlines recently when he said that the US Constitution can favor religion over non-religion. As a constitutional scholar who has not hesitated to disagree with Justice Scalia — especially over his interpretation of the Second Amendment and his invention of gun rights, which to