Category Archive for: Church

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

Faith-Adoption Protection Bill Wins Huge Vote, But…

Sen. Greg Treat’s SB1140, designed to create legal protections for faith-based adoption agencies, won a huge victory on Thursday when it advanced out from the full House with an overwhelming 60-26 vote. House author Rep. Travis Dunlap (R-Bartlesville) presented and defended the bill against relentless attacks from opponents. Unfortunately, the bill was passed with an…Read More

Facebook Apologizes for Blocking Steubenville’s Ad

Facebook has apologized for what it called a “mistake” in rejecting a theology ad from Franciscan University of Steubenville, on the grounds that an image of the cross was too violent and sensational. “Your image, video thumbnail or video can’t contain shocking, sensational, or excessively violent content,” was Facebook’s response, according Tom Crowe, web communications…Read More

Founder of 40 Days for Life Enters Catholic Church on Easter

David Bereit, the founder of 40 Days for Life, entered the Catholic Church on Easter, giving thanks for the inspiration of influential Catholics, including his wife and children. “After years of prayer, discernment, and a whole lot of wrestling with God, I was received into full communion with the Catholic Church at last night’s Easter…Read More

Catholic Benefits Association Wins Reprieve in HHS Lawsuit

In a major victory for the First Amendment right to religious freedom, a federal judge has ruled in favor of Catholic Benefits Association (CBA) members, issuing declaratory relief and a permanent injunction against the Obamacare CASC (contraception, abortifacient, sterilization, and related counseling) Mandate. The ruling also eliminates $6.9 billion in fines that have accumulated against…Read More

USCCB Disappointed by Congress’ Failure on Conscience Protection Act

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chair of the USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty, reacted with deep disappointment to the news that a very modest but critical piece of legislation—the Conscience Protection Act—was not…Read More

Breaking: Christian student group back in from cold

News outlets broke the announcement that a Christian student group was—at least temporarily—allowed back on campus just two days after the group asked a federal court to protect its right to choose leaders who affirm its faith. In InterVarsity Christian Fellowship v. Wayne State University, a Christian student group, which had been on campus for 75 years, was derecognized by Michigan-based Wayne State University because…Read More