Category Archive for: Church

USCCB Applauds Cancellation of FDA Fetal Tissue Contract

Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement today applauding initial steps taken by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to terminate a Food and Drug Administration contract to purchase aborted baby parts for research, but urging…Read More

SCOTUS Rejects Appeal from Catholic Social Services

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Wednesday to compel the city of Philadelphia to resume working with Catholic Social Services (CSS) for the placement of foster children. In March, Philadelphia officials announced the city would no longer work with CSS for foster care placement, citing the group’s unwillingness to place foster children with same-sex couples due…Read More

After 95 Years, NY State Forces Catholic Adoption Closure

Adoption and foster services through Catholic Charities of Buffalo are ending because state rules do not allow the agency to maintain its practice of only placing children in homes with a mother and a father. “Because Catholic Charities cannot simultaneously comply with state regulations and conform to the teaching of the Catholic Church on the…Read More

Oklahoma Celebrates First Feast Day of Blessed Stanley Rother

On Saturday, parishes across Oklahoma will celebrate the first feast day of the first U.S. born martyr, Blessed Stanley Rother, marking the 37 anniversary of his death. Special masses, relic veneration services, and other events will take place throughout the Oklahoma City-area on the weekend of July 28. Catholics from Guatemala, where Rother served as…Read More

Judge: Catholic Agency Must Adopt to Same-sex Couples

A federal judge has swept away claims of religious discrimination by plaintiffs including Catholic Social Services of the Philadelphia Archdiocese and ruled the church agency must provide home assessments for same-sex couples wishing to provide foster care for at-risk children in Philadelphia. The Catholic agency’s leadership testified in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia that doing…Read More

5th Circuit Blocks Order Against TX Catholic Conference

A federal court of appeals sided with the Texas Catholic bishops in a July 15 ruling blocking a request from abortion groups to access the bishops’ private communications regarding abortion. “Hitting churches with subpoenas to win the culture wars was a bad idea from the start,” said Eric Rassbach, vice president and senior counsel at Becket, which represents the…Read More

US Bishops Call for Protection of Immigrant Families, Dreamers

The United States bishops have asked Congress to compromise on immigration reform to give legal protections for undocumented youth, known as “Dreamers,” and ensure respect for human dignity and families at U.S. borders. A June 19 letter to the House of Representatives stated that the bishops cannot endorse changes to the immigration system that “detrimentally…Read More

Court Orders End to Abortion-Pill Mandate for Christian Universities

A federal district court issued an order Tuesday that permanently prevents the federal government from enforcing the Obamacare abortion-pill mandate against four Christian universities in Oklahoma represented by Alliance Defending Freedom. The order also declares that the mandate violates the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The Obama-era mandate forces employers, regardless of their religious or…Read More

Adoption Protection Bill Passes, Awaits Governor’s Signature

While many Oklahomans were on their drive home from work Thursday evening, the Oklahoma House of Representatives was still in session working quickly through the remaining bills before an official sine die, concluding business for the year. Among the final bills to be considered was the controversial faith-adoption protection measure, for which the Catholic Conference…Read More