More Good News from Supreme Court for Religious Nonprofits on HHS Mandate

When the high court provided an emergency reprieve to Wheaton College on July 3, the decision prompted an angry dissent from the three female justices, but also offered hope to religious plaintiffs in HHS cases.

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Justice Sotomayor issued an angry dissent to the high court's July 3 ruling, which granted a temporary injunction to Wheaton College, one of many religious nonprofits that have filed legal challenges to the HHS contraceptive mandate. It is just possible that the justice's anger offers some hope that the high court is prepared to broker a solution that all the HHS religious plaintiffs can live with.

To provide some needed context, we must return, for a moment, to the U.S. Supreme Court's  more critical June 30 decision, which found that that the HHS contraceptive mandate violated the religious freedom of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood. After the Court issued its ruling for  Hobby...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood in 5-4 Decision

Monday, June 30, 2014 10:38 AM Comments (15)

UPDATE 7/1 : The Catholic University of America's Mark Rienzi,  who is also a lawyer for the Becket Fund, and won the McCullen v. Coakley "buffer zone" case in a unanimous decision from the U.S Supreme Court last week, offered some interesting points about yesterday's "landmark" decision on Hobby Lobby. Check it out here.

The Register will be providing breaking coverage of today's decision, as legal experts assess the ruling.


The indispensable Ed Whelan at National Review's Bench Memos on the Hobby Lobby ruling here. 

Toward the end of his post, Whelan addresses the still unresolved issue of whether this ruling will apply, at least in part, to a future SCOTUS decision on legal...READ MORE

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Archbishop Cordileone at the March for Marriage

California political leaders called on the archbishop to cancel his appearance at the March -- a demand he rejected. Here is the text of his address.

Thursday, June 19, 2014 4:12 PM Comments (35)
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San Francisco's Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone speaks with Archbishop Carlo Vigano, papal nuncio to the U.S. at the 2014 March for Marriage.

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" Love is the answer.  But love in the truth.  The truth is that every child comes from a mother and a father, and to deliberately deprive a child of knowing and being loved by his or her mother and father is an outright injustice." -- Archbishop Cordileone at the June 19th March for Marriage 

Today, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco addressed the March for Marriage. His appearance at the Washington, D.C. event followed a week of controversy sparked by California political leaders who asked him not to participate in the March because they claimed it was sponsored by "hate" groups. The politicians' demand was accompanied by a petitiion campaign that  urged him to snub the...READ MORE

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Cardinal John O'Connor, Dachau, and the Sisters of Life

A visit to a Nazi concentration camp inspired then Bishop-elect O'Connor to become a pro-life leader, and only much later would his sister discover that their maternal grandmother was Jewish.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 3:46 PM Comments (9)

I knew the late Cardinal John O'Connor of New York very well during the 1980s, when I worked at Catholic New York, the archdiocesan news paper, and afterward. He had many gifts: the gift of friendship, of courage, of compassion, or leadership, and a zest for life. He put all of these gifts to work on behalf of the pro-life movement. By word and deed, he affirmed the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death, and frequently reached out to those in need who sought his help or touched his heart.

After I left New York, he would help found the Sisters of Life, an order of amazing religious women who help women and families struggling with crisis pregnancies. 

Recently, I learned...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput Unveils Plans for 2015 World Meeting of Families

Pope Francis is expected to attend the September 22-27, 2015 meeting in Philadelphia.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 6:08 PM Comments (0)

"Love is our mission; the family fully alive." – Archbishop Chaput 

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia invited  Catholics to the 2015 “Global” Celebration of Families, during a June 11 address at the U.S. bishops’ spring meeting in New Orelans. 

The 2015 World Meeting of Families is scheduled to take place next year from September 22-27, and is expected to attract a worldwide audience, with an estimated 1 million people participating in the weekend events. Chaput said that state and local government and business leaders had stepped up to help with logistics and other issues.

And that's a good thing, because the cost of next year's meeting will easily run into the tens of millions...READ MORE

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Singing Nun Wins 'Voice of Italy' Contest; Recites 'Our Father'

Friday, June 06, 2014 11:41 AM Comments (5)

Last night, Italy's "Singing Nun," Sister Cristina Scuccia, won the 'Voice of Italy' contest, reports The New York Times, which includes the YouTube video of her rousing rendition of 'What a Feeling!' from the film Flashdance. What the YouTube video does not include is Sister Cristina's recitation of the 'Our Father' when she accepted the award. The Times' report suggests that the "Voice of Italy" judges did their best to ignore the unexpected  outburst expressiong  faith in God. What did the judges expect? Her habit should have given them a hint of what was on her mind.

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Messenger of the Truth: Film on Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko

PBS will air this stirring documentary on the Polish martyr and chaplain of the Polish Solidarity movement on Sunday, June 1 and Monday, June 2.

Saturday, May 31, 2014 6:17 PM Comments (5)

A couple of days ago, I watched Messenger of the Truth, the story of Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko, a Polish priest who made headlines during the 1980s as the heroic chaplain of the Solidarity movement in Poland, and my mind is still occupied with the haunting images in this film. It will be playing on public television on Sunday, June 1 and Monday, June 2. Adults will re-live the historic events that unfolded in Poland in the decade leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall, and young Americans will get a remarkable lesson in how the courage and faith of one individual can help transform an entire nation. 

To check out if and when the documentary will be aired on your public...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan's Take on Pope Francis and "Trickle-Down Economics"

Cardinal Timothy Dolan explains Pope Francis' views about free markets to Wall Street .

Friday, May 23, 2014 7:25 PM Comments (28)

Don't believe all the stuff you read about Pope Francis' attacks on free-market economics, says Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, in a May 22 op-ed in The Wall Street Journal

The church believes that prosperity and earthly blessings can be a good thing, gifts from God for our well-being and the common good. It is part of human nature to work and produce, and everyone has the natural right to economic initiative and to enjoy the fruits of their labors. But abundance is for the benefit of all people.

The spread of the free market has undoubtedly led to a tremendous increase in overall wealth and well-being around the world. Yet Pope Francis is certainly correct that "an important...READ MORE

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Joan Frawley Desmond, is the Register’s senior editor. She is an award-winning journalist widely published in Catholic, ecumenical and secular media. A graduate of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies of Marriage and Family, she lives with her family in Menlo Park, Ca, in the San Francisco Archdiocese.